Helsinki Design Residency

Helsinki Design Residency is a residency programme for practitioners in design and adjacent fields who have an interest in investigating design as a complexly interfaced cultural practice. The residency period focuses on research and local networking, offering the resident practitioner an opportunity to create connections with local designers, curators, researchers and design experts.

The residency includes two stays in Helsinki: a two-week research visit in late spring, and a production and presentation period of one month in August and September that overlaps with Helsinki Design Week. The residents are selected via open calls that are sent out in early spring.

In 2020, the residency is realised by HIAP in collaboration with Iaspis, Strelka Institute, Helsinki Design Week, Design Museum, Finnish Institute in St Petersburg, Embassy of Finland in Moscow. The programme 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’.