World Design Capital: Helsinki 2012


Helsinki was appointed The World Design Capital title in 2012. Their application themes emphasised openness, continuity, collaboration and the social dimensions of design. Helsinki's aim was to inspire dialogue on how design can be used to make life better, easier and more functional.

Everyday Discoveries – Helsinki Tagged!

Dublin was honoured to be invited to take part in Everyday Discoveries, an International Design House Exhibition held as part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. This signature event was co-ordinated and produced by Design Forum Finland, the promotion organisation for Finnish design.

Helsinki Tagged! was the outcome of a design challenge held by PIVOT Dublin in association with the Institute of Designers of Ireland aimed at encouraging people to rediscover their city. In Helsinki, from the 6-16th September 2012, people could find dotted around on large individually crafted tags, insights into Helsinki city. These insights were from a broad range of people, many of whom are actively involved in making Helsinki even more dynamic and inspiring. The challenge allowed us to explore the possibilities that exist in enriching everyday journeys through other peoples’ memories and observations.

In Dublin’s central exhibition you could discover insights into Dublin, and a map to help you discover all the tags within Helsinki. A competition was run to see who could find the most tags. Over the course of the exhibition over 700 photos of the tags dotted around Helsinki were uploaded to our website. At the end of the exhibition, as a thank you, those people whose memories were used on the tags received the key that unlocked their specific tag.

Dublin Tagged!

Dublin Tagged! was a mirrored exhibition of Helsinki Tagged! which took place during Dublin Design Week, November 5th – 11th 2012. More information on this event can be found here.

Dublin’s Core Exhibition

In addition to Helsinki Tagged! Everyday Discoveries exhibition, the Dublin Design Collective organised a collection of designs from Ireland, both old and new, to be exhibited in the company of similar themed objects from 23 different countries.

More information on the core exhibition can be found here.

Themes and selected Irish Exhibitors

1. Imagination The Great Explorer by Chris Judge

2. Innovation Sugru by Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh

3. Icon Donegal Tweed – tweed provided by Molloy&Sons

4. Invisible Irish Hurley – hurleys provided by the Irish Guild of Ash Hurleymakers and the hurling workshop was run by the Helsinki Harps

5. Gathering Placemat and Napkin by Jennifer Slattery Bowl and Plate by Glenn Lucas Mug bySuperfolk Stool by MINT Design

6. Tradition Reinterpreted Fabsie – cantilever chair design by James McBennett


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