Weekly design agenda: international events coming up over the next weeks

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The Independent Online

Scandinavia's events keep the design community occupied before the fall season picks up again, starting with Paris's Maison & Objet.

through August 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Designer Jan Rundgren is creating this autumn's theme exhibition, Happy Home, which is designed to boost visitors' mood with color and cheerful items. Formex is a professional meeting place for Nordic design, taking place twice a year and attracting around 25,000 visitors.

Alvar Aalto Design Seminar
August 21-22
Helsinki, Finland

The international seminar - this time focusing on the theme of 'Invisible' - once more invites professionals and students to discuss a hot topic in design. Speakers include Naoto Fukasawa, Ross Lovegrove, Inga Sempe, Hans Maier-Aichen, Monica Förster, Simo Heikkila and Clemens Weisshaar.

Helsinki Design Week
August 26 - September 5
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Design Week invites professionals and the public alike to a series of events centered around the theme of storytelling. Now in its sixth year, it tells the stories behind the creations and processes involved in design.

Maison & Objet
September 3-7
Paris, France

Held twice a year, the decoration and furniture trade show attracts 600,000 visitors, half of whom come from abroad, and 17,500 exhibitors from 115 countries.