Nordic design diplomacy in New York


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NYCxDESIGN Design Days: May 13-18, 2021

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NEW YORK – For the second time, Nordic Design Diplomacy in New York will open the virtual doors of prestigious Nordic consular residences as part of an engaging conference series focused on design.

Nordic Design Diplomacy boldly combines traditional diplomacy with informal dialogue, to explore how design is used to share different perspectives on culture and values. These conversations invite two professionals in the field to share their experiences and perspectives on what it means to work in different cultural contexts in the Nordic region and the United States.

The Nordic Consuls General will hold talks with Nordic and American design professionals, discussing life and work based on questions drawn from a specially curated deck of cards. This year, due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, conversations will be pre-recorded in residences and initiated for public viewing on consecutive days during NYCxDESIGN Design Days, May 13-18. In addition to the conversations, the public will learn about the design and history of consular residences as an embodiment of Nordic values ​​through virtual tours of these unique spaces.

The speakers specially presented this year are: Einar Hagem (LundHagem ), Francine Houben , (Mecanoo), Hlynur Atlason , (ATLASON / studio), Todd bracher (Atelier Todd Bracher), Teemu Suviala (Facebook Reality Labs), Debbie millman (Design matters), Eva Christine Jensen (Eva Jensen Conception), Kyle bergman (Architecture and Design Film Festival), Claudine Eriksson (Graphic Designer and Art Director), and Anna burckhardt (Curator and writer).

The Design Diplomacy concept was created by Helsinki Design Week, the biggest design festival in the Nordic countries.

The virtual programs will be presented in collaboration with Helsinki Design Week and NYCxDESIGN. The events are free and open to the public.

The series is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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May 13, 12:00 p.m.
Virtual living room of the residence of the Norwegian Consul General in New York
Hosted and moderated by Harriet E. Berg, Consul General of Norway in New York
Einar Hagem
, Founding partner and architect, LundHagem
Francine Houben , Founding partner and architect, Mecanoo

May 14, 12:00 p.m.
Virtual lounge of the Icelandic Consul General’s residence in New York
Hosted and moderated by Hlynur Gudjonsson, Consul General of Iceland in New York
Hlynur Atlason , Designer, Founder, ATLASON / studio
Todd bracher , Designer, Founder, Todd Bracher Studio
Presented in collaboration with Iceland Design and Architecture and DesignMarch

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May 15, 12:00 p.m.
Virtual living room of the Consul General of Finland’s residence in New York
Hosted and moderated by Mika Koskinen, Ambassador, Consul General of Finland in New York
Teemu Suviala , brand design manager
Debbie millman , Designer, Author, Podcast host

May 16, 12:00 p.m.
Virtual living room of the Residence of Denmark
Moderated and moderated by Ambassador Berit Basse, Consul General of Denmark in New York
Eva Christine Jensen , AIA, MAA / Eva Jensen Design
Kyle bergman , director, Architecture and Design Film Festival

May 18, 12:00 p.m.
The Swedish Residence Virtual Lounge
Moderated by Annika Rembe, Consul General of Sweden in New York
Claudine Eriksson , graphic designer and artistic director
Anna burckhardt , curator and writer


Consulate General of Finland in New York

Danish Consulate General in New York

Norwegian Consulate General in New York

Consulate General of Iceland in New York

Swedish Consulate General in New York


Helsinki Design Week


The Nordic Council of Ministers

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Anssi Vallius
Consulate General of Finland in New York
+1 (917) 515-7030
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