Design Forum Finland and Iceland Design Centre, the two national design promotion agencies join forces and “move to Stockholm” for Stockholm Design Week. The pilot project WE LIVE HERE explores new, collaborative ways to promote Nordic design on international venues.

After meeting regularly – “dating” – for the past few years, we have decided to move in together to Stockholm, Sweden during Stockholm Design Week 2015. Our new home is in an apartment located in the Stockholm city centre. We are so excited! Our home doubles up as exhibition and event space, where we invite our local friends over, get to know the Swedish design community, open the moving boxes and spread our own things around to make the space feel more like a home, perhaps even put down some roots.

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Our home hosts a collection of superb contemporary objects, both known ones and new launches from Finland and Iceland mixed with Swedish design. The exhibition comments on the way we live in the Nordic region today.

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Our home will also be a venue for intimate events – our housewarming party, dinners, after parties, breakfasts – during the design week. We look forward to getting to know our new home country and the design community, building our network, finding new friends and meeting the old and dear ones again. WE LIVE HERE will also be open for media and public.

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WE LIVE HERE is a collaborative project by the two national promotion agencies Design Forum Finland and Iceland Design Centre in collaboration with Codesign. It is curated and designed by FROM (Elina Aalto and Marika Tesolin) and Hlin Helga Gudlaugsdóttir, with visual identity by Siggi Odds. Creative consulting is by Sanna Gebeyehu of Codesign.

Design Forum Finland is the promotion organization of Finnish design. It is run by the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design which, established in 1875, is the second-oldest design-industry organization in the world. The mission of Design Forum Finland is to support affluence and competitiveness in the economy and society by promoting widespread utilization of design.

Iceland Design Centre is the promotion organization for Icelandic design and architecture. Established in 2008, it is owned by 9 designers’ associations and funded by the government It represents all fields of design, ranging from architecture to fashion, graphic design and product design. Its’ purpose is to achieve more appreciation of the importance of good design and architecture for society.

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The architectural firm Codesign was founded almost 20 years ago. Today we are 30 employees with a range of competences from creative designers, architects and project leaders to communicators, graphic designers and change managers.
Svensk Form (the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design) is a not-for-profit membership association mandated by the Swedish government to promote Swedish design at home and abroad.
Stockholm Design Week and Furniture & Light Fair are the most important annual meeting place for the Nordic design industry.

Images by Milis Smith