During this year’s London Design Festival, NID launches the Estonian-Finnish Design Showroom, bringing together up to 30 sustainably-thinking designers and artisans from the neighbouring countries. The pop-up store will open its doors at 32 Charlotte Road from 14 to 22 September as part of Shoreditch Design Triangle.
On the very first day of their showroom, there’s an opportunity to meet some of the designers – textile and fashion designer HERTTA (EST), jewellery designer Saimij (FIN), womenswear and product designer Margot Vaaderpass (EST) and ceramist Eva Spoof (FIN).
NID – a concept store focused on Estonian and Finnish design – will present the work of small makers and designers who share values of environmentally-conscious production through utilising local organic materials and incorporate upcycling and recycling as part of their work. The showroom offers a carefully curated collection of ethical and sustainable products; from homeware, furniture and textiles to jewellery and clothing available for purchase.
In addition to the exhibition, a series of other events will be open to the public. These include product tastings and meet and greet opportunities with some of the designers. One of the highlights will be a panel discussion about sustainable design in collaboration with the Finnish Institute in London and Disegno on 20th September, where Reet Aus (https://reetaus.com), Eva Spoof (https://udumbara.fi) and Dust London (https://www.dustlondon.co) will share their experiences and knowledge about sustainable design. Before the discussion the visitors are welcomed for a tea ceremony “Sip of Life” let by Bea of SOLi.
14 September 7 pm – Meet the Designers + Kasekunst birch syrup and Poikain Parhaat tea tasting @ showroom
17 September 7 pm – Late Night Opening with Kyrö Distillery Company @ showroom
20 September 2019 @ Finnish Institute in London / Unit 1, 3 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AE
5 pm Tea ceremony “Sip of Life” led by Bea of SOLi (Participation fee 10.-; rsvp: firstname.lastname@example.org)
7 pm Panel discussion on sustainable design “Ethical Production”
(free; rsvp: email@example.com)
Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Finnish Institute in London
Kasekunst – Birch Syrup, Poikain Parhaat, Kyrö Distillery Company
*Photos: Liisa Soolepp (Virge Viertek), Bonden