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What Is Nordic Design: Finland



Welcome to the first installment of What is Nordic Design: Finland! We are delighted to welcome Susanna Thiel, Chief Curator, Collections, Design Museum, Helsinki and Shelley Selim, Curator of Design and Contemportary Art, Indianpolis Museum of Art, to explore Nordic Design from the Finnish perspective.

Note: all sessions in the What is Nordic Design series will be available on YouTube and MyNordic shortly following the program. To learn more about MyNordic, please click here.

About the Series: 

Simplicity, minimalism, and functionality are three pillars that many use to describe “Nordic” Design. But what exactly is Nordic design? In this new series, we will explore and celebrate the influence and evolution of design in each Nordic country (Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden) and consider a national school of design against the idea of pan-Nordic design. Each session will investigate the history of design in the country under consideration, and it will pose the question: What is “Nordic” design? Design experts from each Nordic country will be paired with a curator of design at a US museum for a stimulating conversation.


  • Susanna Thiel

    Susanna Thiel

    Susanna Thiel (MA) has been serving as the Head of Collections at Design Museum Helsinki since 2020. In her role, she has been dedicated to the development of open access collections, making the museum's treasures more accessible to a wider audience. 

  • Shelley Selim

    Shelley Selim

    Shelley Selim is the Curator of Design and Contemporary Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where she develops the curatorial program for one of the largest museum design collections in the nation and two historic homes. She has curated, published, and lectured widely on topics related to modern and contemporary design, craft, and art, and her work often examines the increasingly nebulous boundaries between these disciplines. 



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