Helsinki (Finland)World Design Capital Helsinki 2012’s main exhibition, Everyday Discoveries – International Design House Exhibition, will fill Suvilahti between 6 and 16 September 2012. Solutions by hundreds of designers from 23 countries will set up “design houses” at the exhibition. In addition to these design houses, a central exhibit will consist of a long dinner table. Each country was invited to bring one traditional place setting and stool or chair, bringing together 23 different ways to serve and eat at one long table. The free exhibition will be open from Monday to Friday from noon to 20:00 and from 10:00 and 20:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

The International Design House Exhibition is one of six signature events that is planned in conjunction with Icsid during the World Design Capital year. Everyday Discoveries aims to offer concrete examples of design solutions that different countries have for the same everyday situations. In addition to the indoor exhibition space in Suvilahti, the exhibition will also spread to the outdoor container village. You will also be able to find a cafe, design shop and an urban garden at the venue.

For additional information about this exhibition, visit the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 website.

About World Design Capital® (WDC)

While there are many awards that recognise individual accomplishments in design, the World Design Capital designation is unique as it aims to focus on the broader essence of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens. The designation provides a distinctive opportunity for cities to feature their accomplishments in attracting and promoting innovative design, as well as highlight their successes in urban revitalisation strategies.

The World Design Capital is an initiative established and managed by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Past cities to hold the title include Torino (Italy) in 2008 and Seoul (South Korea) in 2010. The City of Helsinki (Finland) is currently implementing its programme for 2012 under the theme of Open Helsinki: Embedding Design in Life, whilst preparations for Cape Town (South Africa) are underway for 2014.