22.8. Crossing Borders

Photo: Miikka Pirinen

Time: 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 22 August
Place: The Timber Tetris Pavilion between Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture (address Ullanlinnankatu, Helsinki). In case of rain, the event will be held in Design Museum (address Korkeavuorenkatu 23)

How can designers and architects help asylum-seekers assimilate in Finland? How could collaboration lead to business? Welcome to take a look at examples of successful projects and to network with other parties interested in this matter. The event will be held in English.

Please REGISTER to the event (for the catering & reminder purpose). Welcome!


  • Designer Tuula Pöyhönen
    Ragamuf textile products – Ragamuf supports Syrian families by employing Syrian refugee women and save the environment by using textile surplus.
  • Architect Inari Virkkala
    Trampolin Helsinki – Design workshop on community spaces for people in various backgrounds; asylum seekers and citizens at Cultural Centre Caisa.
  • Superintendent Tiina Järvinen
    : What does an entrepreneur has to take into account when hiring an asylum seeker?
  • Project Director Heli Mäenpää
    Fair Start by Life Seekers offers desirable products for curious consumers and enables asylum seeking artists and craftsmen support themselves during their insecure journey. 

The event will include a Fair Start by Life Seekers demonstration of making silver jewellery. The jewellery pieces will be on sale. Café Damascus pop-up restaurant is open on the spot already at noon!

The venue is The Timber Tetris Pavilion in the joint courtyard area of Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Free entry!

This event is jointly organised by Design Museum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo.

Join the event and take your colleagues along! Registration.

Tuula Pöyhönen

Tuula Pöyhönen (b. 1966) is a talented designer who has worked as a head designer for many famous Finnish design companies. She founded Ragamuf, a new Finnish project aiming at better world together with entepreneur Martta Leskelä. Ragamuf produces colourful rugs that are made by Syrian women in Turkey. www.ragamuf.com

Inari Virkkala

Inari Virkkala (b.1984) is passionate about the social impacts of the built environment. She is the CEO and one of the founding members of Uusi Kaupunki Kollektiivi Oy, an architecture collective with more than 40 architect members in Finland and Norway. www.facebook.com/TrampolinHelsinki

Heli Mäenpää

Heli Mäenpää (b. 1969) is a marketing, communications and branding professional whose passion lies in helping and coaching creative talent and freelancers in their careers. She lectures and teaches self promotion to art & design students at Aalto University and Lahti Design Institute. www.fairstartproducts.com

Café Damascus

Café Damascus (b. 2016) is a project of a Finnish-Syrian encounter, friendship and co-operation that began with dinner and developed into a pop-up restaurant, a catering service and a food business. Inspired by the culinary ideas of Wisam and Yasmin Abboud, Haanan Snih, Aija Kuparinen and Janne Salovaara. Café Damascus’ menu is a collection of Syrian delicacies from authentic raw materials, with the traditional and sometimes experimental recipes. www.damascushelsinki.org

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