Barcelona Design Week 2018: Highlights

Exploring the pragmatic and esoteric by reconsidering various approaches to design

Design form Catalonia has an identity rooted both in regional tradition and contemporary icons. Javier Mariscals objects and characters (like Cobi, the 1992 Summer Olympics mascot), Jorge Pensi’s Toledo Stacking Chair, and Rafael Marquina’s Marquina Oil Cruet (apparently one of the most copied design objects in the history of Spanish design) are all of note. These familiar names, along with the future of Catalan design …

Helsinki Design Week: HDW HOP City Installations

Public art created with development and sustainability in mind

Helsinki Design Week is the biggest design festival of the Nordic European countries, with 250+ events all over the city. The 2017 edition was filled with talks, conferences, awards, trade fairs, exhibitions and temporary installations. The latter are the focus of the second edition of HDW HOP—the initiative aimed at giving a new life to the city’s streets and squares. Finnish and international designers and …

Helsinki Design Week: Yriö Kukkapuro’s “Experiment”

A show dedicated to the designer's most adventurous work

Designer Yriö Kukkapuro is a legend in Finland. Born in 1933, he dedicated his entire life to design and education. In the ’70s he was professor at University of Arts and Design Helsinki, then rector; today specialist lecturer. During his career he has created a long list of iconic designs, particularly with chairs, many of which are now in the permanent collections of notable museums …