Making the Market: Lunch Break Talks – How to make international connections?

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“Through multidisciplinary work, I have almost spontaneously established a rather extensive international network.” 

– Artist and sculptor Man Yau

Join us on Wednesday, December 9 for a Lunch Break Talk exploring the future of the Finnish design market with multidisciplinary artist MAN YAU and design and business executive MIRKKU KULLBERG. Moderated by the director and co-founder of Vienna Design Week LILLI HOLLEIN, the talk dives into the anatomy of successful and meaningful international networking. Where and how are new connections and collaborations created, and how do new contacts turn into long-lasting partnerships?

Making the Market, a joint venture by ORNAMO, THE FINNISH INSTITUTE IN GERMANY, INSTITUT FINLANDAIS and FINNISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BENELUX, calls for curiosity and connection in a globally networked design world. Through exhibitions, discussions and guidebooks, Making the Market brings together professionals, practitioners and visionary thinkers of art and design with an aim to create new opportunities and global partnerships.

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Lilli Hollein is the director and one of three co-founders of Vienna Design Week, Austria’s largest design festival. She completed her industrial design studies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and has since established a versatile career as a design and architecture expert. As a curator, she has been responsible for a number of exhibitions, including annual contributions to the Vienna Design Week and exhibitions at Memphis Design.

Mirkku Kullberg is a Finnish business executive living in both Berlin, Germany and Loviisa, Finland. Former CEO of the Finnish furniture company Artek, she now works as a CEO for the newly founded Glasshouse Helsinki, a studio, an incubator and a consultancy. Known as a creative thinker, provocateur and speaker Kullberg has studied business and marketing and holds an IDBM Pro diploma in interdisciplinary studies for design, business, and technology. Her past experience includes roles as Sales Executive at Poltrona Frau in North America and Segment Executive at Vitra.

Man Yau lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated with a Master’s degree from Aalto University of Art and Design specialising in ceramics and glass design. Currently she is working on her second Master’s in sculpture at the The Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts in Helsinki. Yau’s works thread a balance between traditional methods and craftsmanship and industrial, detailed form and quality. Yau has been working in several countries and residencies such as Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China and Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, and has been nominated as “Young Talent of the Year” by Helsinki Design Awards.

Upcoming Making the Market: Lunch Break Talks

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February 10, 2021:
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Making the Market: Lunch Break Talks is a series of online discussions that seek to facilitate new insights into the next generation of art and design markets. In these times of lockdown and isolation we look for new solutions, idea-sharing and best practice examples.

Making the Market is supported by the MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE.

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