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First Lahti Design Week opens during the Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

During the Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships week Lahti will be setting the stage for design and creative expertise. The red thread of Lahti Design Week (LDW), being held for the first time 27 February – 5 March 2017, is local design expertise. Lahti Design Week 2017 is part of the programme for the centenary of Finland's independence in 2017.

For seven days, residents and Championships visitors alike will have a range of events, sights and experiences to explore. At the main event on programme, the ‘Finland 100 – 30,000 years of design and designers’ seminar, aimed at professionals in the industry, design will be showcased as one of the strongest ways for the Lahti region and Finland to improve their competitivity in global markets.

The seminar will be opened by the Mayor of Lahti, Jyrki Myllyvirta.

“Design is an important part of the city of Lahti’s identity. It involves residents in the development of our common living environment. Extensive utilisation of industrial design has had a major role to play in the success of a great number of Lahti-based companies. With the help of design, we can invest in a better future”, states Myllyvirta.

Map guides visitors to the week’s events
Lahti Design Week is built around different theme days and events to be held at different locations throughout the city. Lanunaukio square, at the very heart of the city, will be home to the Lahti Design Week info point and exhibition space. All events can be found on the LDW17 Programme Map, which will be available from the info point, as well as various different locations around the city from Saturday 25 February 2017. Information about events and locations is also available from the LDW17 website: (a week before the event begins) and Menoinfo .

On the competition rest day, Monday 27 February, LDW will be holding its Open studios day, inviting guests to come and get to know designers and their work. Shops, pop-ups and exhibitions will be open all week, showcasing the broad scope of the design sector.

On Tuesday 28 February, students of Lahti University of Applied Sciences and its partner educational institutions will be taking on a 24-hour challenge related to circular economy and organised by Sitra. The 24-hour Challenge can be followed in person, at the Institute of Design, or via a live-stream online. The students will also be getting out and about in the city, testing their concepts with user-centric design methods.

Seminar speakers from New York, London, Milan and Helsinki
The main event of Lahti Design Week 2017 will be the ‘Finland 100 – 30,000 Years of Design and Designers’ seminar, aimed at alumni, students and professionals and developers in the sector.
Thanks to a grant provided by the Asko Foundation, guests will be able to hear from six designers and developers in the industry, who went from Institute of Design students to holding some of the top jobs in the sector, both in Finland and abroad.

The seminar will be chaired by Senior Lecturer Ari Känkänen from the Institute of Design, with the following speakers:

  • Milka Eskola | Vice President Art and Design | Legrand | Milan
  • Lasse Oiva | Partner, Director, Industrial Designer | Velopresso Ltd | London
  • Henrik Rydberg | Director of User Experience | Shapeways Inc. | New York
  • Kirsikka Vaajakallio | Partner, Lead Service Designer, Employee Experience Director | Hellon | Helsinki
  • Heikki Naulapää |  Managing Director, Industrial Designer, Vehicle Designer |  Studio Heikki Naulapää Oy |  Helsinki
  • Joonas Vartola  |  Partner, Senior Automotive Designer  |  Northern Works  |  Helsinki

The seminar day will culminate in a Design Mix & Mingle party for design professionals, developers and local companies at the Malski Areena.

Lahti Design Week 2017’s programme:

  • 27 February – 5 March Exhibitions, shops and pop-ups will be open throughout the week
  • Mon 27 February Open doors at designers’ studios
  • Tue 28 February Students’ 24-Hour Challenge - Design or Die. The challenge is organised by Sitra.
  • Wed 1 March Top design seminar ‘Finland 100 – 30,000 years of design and designers’ and Design Mix & Mingle party.
  • Thu–Fri 2–3 March Design clinics for local businesses. Design experts from LADEC and Design Foundation Finland will be on hand to provide guidance.

Further information:
Kristian Keinänen
Head of Development, Design
Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd | +358 50 598 0580

Lahti Design Week is part of the Finland 100 programme in 2017.
During the Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships week, Lahti will also be setting the stage for design and creative expertise. Lahti Design Week (LDW), held for the first time ever from 27 February to 5 March 2017, will showcase Lahti-based design expertise on a wide scale. During the week there will be plenty to see, do and experience for championship week tourists, residents of Lahti and design professionals alike. Shops, pop-ups and exhibitions will be presenting design and industrial arts products, and the Open Studios event at the designers’ studios invites visitors to meet the designers and see the way they work.

The variety on offer at Lahti Design Week aims at presenting with pride the city of Lahti, in which the city organisation, businesses, designers and residents come together to create cosier environments, more functional services and better products – all in a sustainable way.

Lahti Design Week 2017 is organised by Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd, Design Foundation Finland, and Lahti University of Applied Sciences’ Institute of Design. The event week logo and look have been designed by Institute of Design packaging design and branding students Outi Saukkonen and Inga Tammivuori. LADEC is responsible for the marketing and information side of the event.

The idea is to make Lahti Design Week an annual event that draws visitors to Lahti. Furthermore, Lahti Design Week will become a part of the Finnish Design Weeks events and Visit Finland marketing. (shared articles mainly in Finnish)