Responsible for the planning and construction of the design festival’s exhibition space, interior architect Joanna Laajisto took the event’s bare L3 Design Dock venue and reimagined it with an airy showroom layout and beautiful pop-up café, indicative of long summer garden parties. Lighting fixtures cradling wild foliage hung from the ceiling above wooden picnic benches and tables. A look at her portfolio of clean, stylish, quaint and playful spaces proves the L3 Design Dock to be a true representation of Laajisto’s aesthetic.
Surely adding a sense of serenity to one section of the exhibition were the acoustic wall panels and pendant lamps from Innofusor. Designed by Wilhelmiina Kosonen using 3D patterns and soft peat moss, the Gran RU decorative wall collection reduces unwanted noise — instead of reflecting sound waves, the panels work to quiet sound by absorbing the sound waves in their tufts. Similarly, the Rimpi geometric ceiling lamps designed by Maija Puoskari absorb noise into their conical shape instead of amplifying it.
And while the commotion of eager festival attendees may have quieted with the conclusion of the event, the buzz continues. From the exhibitors’ creations to the design of the space itself, Helsinki Design Week cemented itself as an innovative design leader. Its focus on eco-friendly materials and sustainable design this year served the general theme of the city of the future, making this year’s exhibition one to take note of.
Written by Sheila Lam
Headline photo by Innofusor