Concept Note

Between 1866 and 1868, a tenth of the Finnish population died from starvation as summer frost destroyed farmers’ crops. Today, Finland ranks among the richest and happiest countries in the world. This comfort comes at a cost, though. If everyone around the world lived like the average Finnish consumer, the resources of nearly four planet Earths would be needed.

Bearing in mind this contradiction of caring for nature while acting against it, ‘Everyday Experiments’ presents twelve experimental projects that address and raise debates around real-life demands such as: the need for more sustainable lifestyles; the growth of Arctic tourism; the relationships of policymaking and civic life; or the rights of indigenous communities.

Design cannot understand or solve complex problems on its own. In order to achieve societal change, it must join forces with the natural sciences, social sciences, technology, craft, policy-making and activism. Each project presented in ‘Everyday Experiments’ challenges the boundaries between design and other disciplines, each in their own way.

‘Everyday Experiments’ does not present design as the outcome of individual designers, therefore, but as an intrinsic part of the many activities that take place within and between institutions, organisations and communities. Above all, the exhibition invites visitors to think about some of the everyday human-to-human and human-to-nature actions that we can take in pursuit of a sustainable and equal society.


‘Everyday Experiments’ is curated, designed and produced by Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture


Guy Julier


Kaisu Savola

Exhibition architecture

Saara Kantele, Monica Romagnoli,

Tuomas Siitonen, Ville Kokkonen

Visual identity and infographics

Adina Renner, Qin Yang, Arja Karhumaa

Curatorial assistant

Nur Horsanali

Technology advisor

Panu Heikkilä

Photography Projects

Sanna Lehto

Photography Website

Valentina Casalini


Scto Grotesk A by Schick Toikka

Thank you to

Áile Aikio

Aurora Powertrains Ltd

Consolato Onorario di Finlandia, Milano

Design for Government, Aalto University

Finnish Association of Design Learning

Finnish Association for Nature Conservation

Forum Virium Helsinki


Migrant Youth Helsinki

Natural Resources Institute Finland and

the University of Helsinki

Ioncell, Aalto University

Prime Minister’s Office and

the Experimental Finland programme

Sámi Education Institute


Funded by Aalto University and the Ministry of Culture and Education, Finland

Supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Press Package

Zip-File with exhibition images and press texts