Design Forum Finland

Finland is one of the leading nations within the creative economies in the world. Today, Finnish design is more vital than ever, combining the best forms from its design heritage with the skills and innovativeness of young talents and the design intensive industry. Alongside traditional areas, the design-intensive sector includes marketing media, digital design and the design of brands and services, among others. Presently design has an increasingly central role in everyday life and society in Finland. Top-level technological innovations are successfully combined with business know-how in the Finnish design industry.

Design Forum Finland
Design Forum Finland is the promotion organization of Finnish design. It is maintained by the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design, which, established in 1875, is the second-oldest design-industry organization in the world.

It is the aim of Design Forum Finland to enhance the design sector and to promote business as well on national as international levels. Design is the key factor linking innovative solutions of new technologies and material challenges. Design makes them understandable and accessible to users. Respect for the tradition is present throughout in renewing them. This implies wide-ranging utilization of the opportunities of design in the economy. Different projects of Design Forum Finland assemble local actors to establish contacts between designers and firms and businesses needing their services. Special project clinics provide tools for enterprises in the creative sector to generate better and more profitable business. The international projects of Design Forum Finland aim at increasing the export of designed products and design expertise. The exhibitions and events present Finnish design skills and expertise.

Design Forum Shop
Design Forum Shop offers the consumer a wide and continuously renewed range of products of Finnish design, from the latest and newest items to classics, and from industrial design to handmade unique, one-off works. Shop is an important sales outlet for design products made in small editions, and an opportunity for young designers to display their skills. There is also a café in connection with Design Forum Shop.

Design District Helsinki
Design District Helsinki was created to bring together local actors of the creative industries. The association with 180 members ranging from design shops and restaurants to workshops and art galleries has gained an established role as one of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions.

The premises
The premises of Design Forum Finland are at no. 7 Erottajankatu Street in central Helsinki, opposite Dianapuisto Park in the heart of Design District Helsinki. The exhibition spaces and Design Forum Shop also operate in these premises.

Contact info

Erottajankatu 7
FI-00130 Finland
T: +358 (0) 9 6220 810
F: +358 (0) 9 6220 8181