Artek, Marimekko, Fiskars, Ittala and Aalto – falling in love with Finland means falling in love with Finnish design. As it can be found in whole Finland, there is one city that is entwined with design like no other: Helsinki. In the World Design Capital of 2012, design has earned a permanent place in the city’s core functions. Architectural milestones built throughout the last years strengthened Helsinki’s role as an internationally exciting City of Design and made design a topic of social interest. The biggest Design Festival in the Nordics, the Helsinki Design Week, held from 8 to 18 September 2022, the 2022 Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale and the opening of the Paimio Sanatorium highlight this interest, respectively.
The year 2022 will further strengthen Helsinki's national and international position as a city of exciting events and remarkable cultural institutions. Several new first-class venues will open their doors in the city and new cultural policies will create the conditions for a wide range of leisure activities. The opening of Pikku Finlandia (Little Finland) will be the first of these. A temporary venue over the period of Finlandia Hall's renovation in January, the Jaakko Torvinen-designed building will be a refuge for lovers of sophisticated design. The Tanssin Talo – the House of Dance – which will open in February, represents an architectural non-conformism that is not unusual in Finland. As a landmark for dance, as a platform for the community of dancers, it plays with the illusion of lightness and heaviness, combining the new building designed by JKMM Architects with the old factory building renovated by ILO Architects.
The 2022 Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale is one of the many exciting design events that awaits visitors from all over the world. Organized in the old foundry and the Raseborg region, it seeks new ideas and experiences at the ever-redefining intersections of art and design. Held from 22 May to 4 September 2022, the Biennale will host three main exhibitions:
Knots & Knits, a part of the U-JOINTS design research project by Anniina Koivu and Andrea Caputo; House by an Architect, a collection of eight wooden mini houses built on a meadow by an oak forest; and HIDDEN – “Forms of the Senses” by the Onoma artist cooperative, which explores multisensory experiences through arts, crafts and design. The Biennale also includes an Open Call for content to ensure a versatile parallel programme.
Alvar Aalto’s two masterpieces meet in Paimio Sanatorium
Paimio Sanatorium, Aino and Alvar Aalto’s iconic breakthrough design of 1933, close to Turku, opens its doors to visitors for the first time in its history. Enclosed in a forest of tall pine trees, the building has returned to the spotlight offering the same medicine it always did – light, sun and air. In parallel to the Rooms of the Sanatorium exhibition, which sheds light on life in the tuberculosis sanatorium, Paimio Sanatorium will showcase Alvar Aalto’s other masterpiece this summer: Maison Louis Carré, a private residence completed in 1959 in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne near Paris. The exhibition mainly presents Les Femmes de Maison Carré by internationally acclaimed Finnish photographer, Elina Brotherus. Through the suggestive animation of MLC’s historical interior and exterior spaces that Brotherus accomplishes by populating them with credible character, her photographs open a unique portal to experiencing the plain, mundane reality of life lived in Aalto’s two constructions, through which alone their delicate orchestration of site, space and detailing unfolds.
Maison Louis Carré was opened to the public in 2007. Today the house is owned by Association Alvar Aalto en France. The exhibition is produced by the Friends of Maison Carré association.