Tuesday, 18 September 2012


Concluding the series of talks organised by the Finnish Institute in London and Blueprint magazine, the fourth and final event HEL/LO – Let's Talk About Tomorrow will explore the future. Join us on Wednesday and hear these four speakers discuss what the future holds for design and architecture.

Co-Founder and Design Director, Seymourpowell

Dick Powell is co-founder of internationally renowned design and innovation company Seymourpowell with diverse clients such as Unilever, Panasonic, Tefal, LG, Nestle and Diageo. Dick is the current chairman of D&AD. As chairman, he is a mentor to the team at D&AD and strives to call on the government and business leaders to recognise the value of embedding design and creativity into the DNA of British businesses. Dick has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes alongside business partner Richard Seymour, and has sat on the boards of the Design Council, the Design Business Association and the D&AD Executive. Dick was global design advisor to Samsung Electronics and is currently a member of the International Advisory Panel for Design in Singapore.

Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London

Rachel Armstrong is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called living architecture, which suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She collaboratively works across disciplines to build and develop prototypes that embody her approach. She is 2010 senior TED fellow, and visiting research assistant at the Center for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. Rachel trained as a medical doctor with qualifications in general practice and has also worked as a multi-media producer, a science fiction author and an arts collaborator. Her current research explores the possibilities of architectural design and mythologies about new technology. Rachel is currently collaborating with international scientists and architects to explore cutting-edge, sustainable technologies by developing “metabolic materials” in an experimental setting.

Designer and Professor, Applied Art and Design

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Timo Salli is a designer and the professor and head of the applied art and design master’s degree programme in the Aalto University School of Art and Design. Snowcrash, a designer collective to which Timo belonged, had a successful entrant in the Milan Salone furniture fair in 1997. Since being part of Snowcrash, Timo has worked in the fields of product design, exhibition architecture and acted as a curator and producer of design exhibitions. In 2003 the first results of the new applied art and design master’s degree programme led by Timo were shown at the Milan furniture fair: the well-publicised Saunabus. This was followed by the New Dining Luxury and Imperfect Home projects, shown in Cologne and Milan 2004–06, and the most recent Helsinki Hotel (Helsinki and Milan 2007).

NOW for Architecture and Urbanism

Tuomas Toivonen is an independent architect and urbanist. He is the co-founder of NOW, a Helsinki-based multidisciplinary practice operating in the joint fields of architecture, urbanism, strategy, design and communication. During his professional architectural career, he has also worked as a journalist, critic, curator, performing musician, producer and teacher. Together with his partner and wife Nene Tsuboi, they are currently building Kulttuurisauna, a new public sauna and independent cultural centre in Helsinki, that they will own and operate themselves.

HEL/LO – Let's Talk About Tomorrow
6-7.30 pm at designjunction
The Old Sorting Office
21-23 New Oxford Street
Please contact us for ticket information: jenni.tuovinen@finnish-institute.org.uk.