Design Diplomacy 2019
Fashion designer Reet Aus Design Diplomacy discussion with Noora Niinikoski at Design Diplomacy
Reet Aus is a PhD-qualified fashion designer and environmental activist, a human rebel who founded the REET AUS COLLECTION® and THE UPSHIRT®. She is a pioneer in the field of industrial upcycling for fashion and has developed the UPMADE® certification in order to pass on her knowledge to brands and factories. All of this is in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the fashion industry, and to show that change is possible!
Noora Niinikoski is Nanson’s chief designer and is responsible for leading the design team and product design. She has a diverse experience in fashion as both with her own brand designer and as head of the design team.
The event is part of the Helsinki Design Week Design Diplomacy discussion series, which open doors to Helsinki-based ambassadors’ residences. See the participating embassies and their schedules here.
Get to know the Design Diplomacy speakers’ works at the Design Diplomacy exhibition at Erottaja 2. Helsinki Design Week’s this year’s main venue is at Erottaja 2, a 19th-century “palazzo” at the heart of the city. Its nearly 5 floors will be filled with inspiring design from all around the world. Design Diplomacy exhibition will also be held at the Erottaja 2 showing in different rooms the design of 10 different designers around the world and their Finnish counterparts.
The Estonian embassy building was built by the Estonian state on a lot bought by Oskar Kallas in 1919. Before the current building, the lot housed a villa built by registrar P.W.A. Behsen in the 1870s. The Estonian delegation operated in one apartment of the wooden house until at the initiative of Hans Rebane in 1931 there was a decision to build a new embassy on the same site. The design contest was won by Estonian architect Konstantin Bölau, and the building was completed in 1933. The two-story house represents the functionalist style. It was the first embassy building built by the Estonian state.