Helsinki Design Residency

The residents for the 2020 Helsinki Design Residency program are:

  • Maxim Spivakov (RU)
  • Mikaela Stenfalk (SE)
  • Mayumi Niiranen-Hisatomi (FI)

The residency will begin with the first period from May 23 through June 7. The second period will be from August 15 to September 15. Work and public productions will be online in the first residency period. Follow HIAP and our partners’ channels at Strelka Institute, Iaspis, Helsinki Design Week and Design Museum for updates on the programme.

The next call for applications will open in early 2021.




Helsinki Design Residency is a residency programme for practitioners and researchers in design, architecture and related fields who have an interest in critically and practically exploring design and its interfaces as a cultural practice.

The residency focuses on research, networking and public dialogue on the work conducted. It offers resident practitioners the opportunity to create connections with local and international designers, researchers, companies and institutions, and to engage in critical discourses on design today in exchange with different audiences.

The residency consists in two presence periods in Helsinki, a two-week research phase in late spring and a production and presentation phase of one month in August and September that is coordinated with Helsinki Design Week. Residents are selected via open calls that are sent out in early spring.

In 2020, the residency invites three practitioners, one each from Russia, Sweden and Finland. The programme is realised by HIAP in collaboration with Strelka Institute, Iaspis, Helsinki Design Week and Design Museum. The Russian residency is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Embassy of Finland in Moscow and the Finnish Institute in St Petersburg. Helsinki Design Residency is curated by HIAP Associate Curator Martin Born.




Luke Jones (2019)

Anna Burlakova (2019)

Jérémy Gaudibert (2019)

Laura Spring (2018) cooperated with experts in the Finnish textile, design and craft realms to explore similarities between Finland and Scotland and develop the exchange in the field of contemporary craft-oriented production.

Elina Laitinen (2018) researched home sewing culture and examined the relationship that fashion designers can build onto it.

FRAUD (2017) artist duo Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo investigated the emerging material realm of carbon derivatives materials.

Luca Picardi (2016) developed a project called ‘Familiar’; a design research publication exploring patterns of mimicry in urban regeneration projects across Europe.

Iohanna Nicenboim (2015) focused on the question ‘Who is the object in the Internet of Things?’, speculating (and prototyping) on new relationships between humans and everyday objects in private and public spaces.

Teresa Dillon (2015) researched future plans for the city of Helsinki and proposed a free-to-use urban hut to be used by tourists visiting the city.

Katrín Ólína (2014+2015) developed Primitiva-Talismans project, a lexicon of 40 talismans in bronze, developed with digital manufacturing technologies.

Tobias Revell (2014) offered a critical view into the design community in Helsinki, based on the theme Take the Leap.

Tzortzis Rallis (2013) explored the Helsinki graphic design scene on the theme of Public Acts / Quiet Riot.

Julia Tcharfas (2012) responded to the residency theme Embedding Design in Life with a sound composition titled ‘Eco-System’.