Image from the Susurrus workshop at Palais de Tokyo in October 2018. Photography by Maria Korkeila.

IF Studios

The IF Studios visit programme is destined for Finnish creatives and artists on the early stage of their career. Through the networking platform, creatives from different fields are encouraged to launch their career in France and to strengthen their international projects and collaborations. The IF Studios programme consists of different collaborative initiatives, carried out with different partners.

The IF Studios programme consists of one-to-four week visits during major international events and fairs taking place in Paris. The apartments are located in the heart of Paris, in the proximity of Institut finlandais.

Carte Blanche à Laura Väre. Photographie : Aurélien Mole

IF Studios - Design

The IF Studios -design programme was launched at the beginning of 2019. Through the initiative, Institut finlandais supports Design Forum Finland’s awarded The Young Designer of the Year by offering a networking platform during the Paris Design Week and Maison & Object design fair. During the years 2018-2020, the prize of The Young Designer of the Year contains, together with the cash prize and the exhibition, the visitor programme in IF Studios.

In 2019, the first visitor of the design programme is a young master cabinetmaker Antrei Hartikainen. His visit periods in the studios take place in January and September 2019. As a part of the programme, Hartikainen curates a Carte Blanche exhibition for the IF Galerie.

Read more about Antrei’s work through our Monthly feature.

In January 2020, the Young Designer of the Year 2019 Laura Väre participated in our IF Studios programme.

Read more about Laura Väre here or through our Monthly feature.


Design Forum Finland

Image from Emilia Kuurila's MA collection. Photo: Sofia Okkonen

IF Studios - Fashion

The visit programme in fashion provides a platform for students who are currently enrolled in the Master’s degree in fashion design at Aalto University. The visit periods of the students take place during the Fashion weeks in February and September. Besides networking possibilities, the visit periods are also destined to encourage the students in their diploma research.

The IF Studios – Fashion is launched in February 2019 with the visit of three Aalto University students, Reea Winter, Marianne El-Khoury and Heidi Karjalainen.

During September 2019 the participants are Emilia Kuurila and Netta Törmälä.


Aalto University

Photography: Niina Vatanen

IF Studios - Photography

From 2019 and on the visit programme in the field of photography has been organized in collaboration with Circulation(s) European Young Photography Festival. In 2020 Institut finlandais supports Maija Tammi’s and Niina Vatanen’s participation in the festival through the IF Studios visit program. 

Photographer Jaakko Kahilaniemi participated in the visit programme in spring 2019. Read more about Jaakko Kahilaniemi on our Monthly Feature interview.


Festival Circulation(s)