Helsinki Design Museum Chief Curator Suvi Saloniemi is sharing her life and work cycle in Helsinki.
Dear Suvi, please tell us;
Who you are
I’m Suvi from Helsinki. My passion is art and design. Well, I guess my biggest passion is exploring the Globe. Luckily my work as curator for design and visual arts enables and supports both. Since 2012 I have held the post as Chief Curator of Design Museum Helsinki, which is one of the oldest design museums in the world. My expertise is in Scandinavian design, collectible design, critical practises, museums and global design networks. I am at home in international, fast-moving setting.
I love to be creative, but defining creativity is really hard for me. I guess creativity is child-like curiousity combined with a certain talent.
Structure your creative process
I leave everything in the last minute. That is the weak spot of my creative process. But I guess that leaves time for “the cooking”, which I do constantly, all the time, by actively visiting events, traveling, meeting people.
What makes a city creative? List 5 aspects
- History – Helsinki has great design history which functions as a crucial foundation
- Nightlife – I think all the extremely creative cities have nightlife better than average
- Contrasts – the tension between opposites spark certain charm
- Beauty – world has become increasingly brut(al) and we don’t necessary notice how much beauty and proportions mean to good life
- Flux – the constant pulse that brings the new in and takes the old out, making ever evolving new remixes
What makes your city creative?
What is special to Helsinki are small scale and low hierarchies. They have interesting affect on the dynamics and make great ground for creativity.