Terveisiä Helsingistä, greetings from World Design Capital 2012 Helsinki! Here are a few pics from the Everyday Discoveries exhibition that opened last  Wednesday. Can you spot the Icelandic design icon, lopapeysa woollen sweater in the image below?



Produced by Design Forum Finland and curated and designed by the IMU collective, Everyday Discoveries is The World Design Capital Signature Event.



The exhibition will see more than 20 countries showcase their design, ideas and concepts as well as organise a number of different events. The exhibition’s underlying theme is day-to-day life – what is it like in the participating countries, and what kind of solutions to certain everyday situations have people come up with in the different countries?



The free-of-charge exhibition at Suvilahti, Helsinki, will take place both indoors and outdoors. The site will house a container village, café, design shop and urban garden, and the participating countries will be offering visitors a varied programme ranging from lectures to parties. There will be things to do and experience for adults and children alike, and for everyone from design professionals to anyone with the slightest interest in design.


The exhibition is built around a joint display in Kattilahalli, where the countries come together under different themes to, for example, share a table. Each country will contribute items for setting the table for an international supper.

In addition to the joint display, the countries will present their own designs in separate exhibitions, which will explore day-to-day themes and everyday design in more depth from a number of different angles. Visitors get to try out a North American children’s playground or have a go at the Irish game of hurling.

With an additional programme of lectures and workshops, “Everyday Discoveries” will also be serving as a meeting point for the international design community.

The exhibition concept is designed and curated by Imu Design, a collective awarded with the Young Designer of the Year Prize in 2010. The exhibition architecture is designed by Aalto+Aalto.


Images Courtesy of WDC Helsinki 2012

Photographer Saara Salama