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Network at the Habitare Pro Lounge

During Habitare Pro, several networking events will take place. This is an ideal opportunity to catch up with your industry associates in an informal environment, located in the Habitare Pro Lounge.

A selection of industry experts will present a series of workshops where we invite you to meaningfully engage, meet and greet the experts in a relaxed atmosphere in a dedicated workshop space in the Pro lounge. Here you can connect with like-minded people in small groups of up to 20.

On Thursday, Sep 12th, the theme of the workshops is architecture.

On Friday, Sep 13th, the focus of the workshops will be on buyers.

The workshops are free of charge, but seats are limited (max. 20 participants per workshop). Please reserve your spot in advance! Also, remember to register as a visitor for the event!

To make the most of your networking don’t forget to reregister your profile on the Tavata platform.

Registration for the workshops will open soon!

Workshops on Thursday, September 12th



Thursday 12 September
at 10.15–11.00
Workshop room/ Habitare Pro Lounge
Language: Finnish & English

Hiil Co-Founders, Miikka Kotilainen will present a session about burning wood as a natural, non-toxic product for the architectural industry. Hiil is a wood charring house and manufacturer of Kiertopuu products.

Charred wood is timber in which the surface has been modified by burning, a natural and non-toxic way to enhance its weather resistance and protect it from decay organisms. The experts will address key considerations about the material and it’s use and how charring the surface does not weaken the wood’s structure, so surface-charred wood can be used in the same ways as any other wood material which can be discussed in the workshop.

HOST: Miikka Kotilainen / Co-Founder / Hiil


Thursday 12 September
at 13.00–13.45
Workshop room/ Habitare Pro Lounge
Language: Finnish & English

NOTE: This workshop is linked to a talk on the main stage at 12.00 – 12.45 /Framery and CBRE discussion/Main stage

CBRE, Director Workplace, Jutta Sellin will present a session about how much space we really need to work. CBRE is the global leader in commercial real estate services and investments.  With services, insights and data that span every dimension of the industry, they create solutions for clients of every size, in every sector and across every geography. In this session they will address the latest insights, which can be discussed in the workshop about space to work. A talk on the main stage between CBRE and Framery will be held before this workshop, so the opportunity to ask questions and interact will extend into this session.

HOST: Jutta Sellin / Director Workplace / CBRE

DAMAGE CONTROL / Alvar Aalto Foundation

Thursday 12 September
at 14.00–14.45
Habitare Pro Lounge
Language: Finnish & English

NOTE: This workshop is linked to a talk on the main stage at 13.00 – 13.45 / Alvar Aalto Foundation discussion/Main stage

How do we curb the over-repairing of buildings in Finland? Buildings should be taken care of by repairing damaged parts, preserving the old, not making it look new or “modern”. In this workshop, the experts will elaborate and answer questions about sustainable building repair solutions.

The Alvar Aalto Foundation is one of the initiators of the ‘Purkamatta paras’ (Prevention of demolition) campaign. Find out more about the foundation and this campaign in this informative workshop session. The Alvar Aalto Foundation derives from the continuation of the material and spiritual legacy and functional design of the world-famous architect and designer, Alvar Aalto.  A talk on the main stage relating to this topic will be held before this workshop, so the opportunity to ask questions and interact will extend into this session.

HOST: Nina Heikkonen/ Programme Manager/ Alvar Aalto Foundation


Thursday 12 September
at 15.00–16.00
Habitare Pro Lounge
Language: Finnish & English

Come and meet the Roltradeteam, a company specialising in furnishing public spaces. Roltrade actively cooperates with architects and design offices helping their customers enhance their premises. Learn from industry leading specialists about a range of considerations before a project commences. One of the main functions of design is its ability to solve problems. The Roltradeteam will be on hand for you to gain valuable insight on how to better implement furniture into your designs – no matter the size or scale of your space or project.

HOST: Kati Grönholm/ Director / Roltrade

Workshops on Friday, September 13th



Friday 13 September
at 10.15 – 11.00
Habitare Pro Lounge
Language: English

Swatchbox is a free material research platform for discovering and requesting samples of building products. Founded and operated by architects, Swatchbox provides a key destination for building professionals to identify and source samples from leading building product manufacturers around the world. Architects, interior designers, contractors, and other professionals are able to browse samples from top manufacturers, organize them into custom palettes and collections, and request them to be delivered in a Swatchbox ,with free delivery. Every box ships with instructions to sustainably return and recycle any materials no longer needed.

In this session, learn how to sustainably source and buy materials in a smarter and environmentally kinder way. 

HOST: Antony Fuller/ Managing Director, UK/EU/ Swatchbox


Friday 13 September
at 12.00 – 13.30
Habitare Pro Lounge
Language: Finnish & English

At the YFD Speed Dating event, young designers and companies meet in a fun and fast-paced environment. Many designers at the beginning of their careers find job hunting challenging, which is why we organize this event to facilitate encounters between young designers and key company personnel. The event is free for both designers and companies.

Young Finnish Design is a company founded by two designers and interior architects, Elisa Luoto and Heidi Maria Huovinen. Their mission is to create new job opportunities in the Finnish design field and for emerging Finnish designers. YFD offers brand services and design competition services to companies, with the core focus on the skills of emerging designers. YFD’s clients include several well-known domestic brands such as Aarikka, Berner, Pohjanmaan, Liikku Fitness Center, Cailap, and many others.

Elisa Luoto, Founder, Young Finnish Design
Heidi Maria Huovinen, Founder, Young Finnish Design

Registration for designers and companies:


Friday 13 September
at 14.00 – 14.45
Habitare Pro Lounge
Language: Finnish & English

Restatop will present a session about the project buying process. The experts will address key considerations about an efficient buying process from brief, design, budgets and implementation, which can be discussed in the workshop. The development of a project is a complex matter where an understanding of all areas will generate the desired outcome on time and on budget.  

Restatop and its partners are creators of public spaces, bringing into life interiors for outstanding customer experience – whether it’s a restaurant, hotel, office or other public meeting place. At the same time, they make sure that the spaces they create are functionally and financially smart.

Anu Niva/ Sales and Marketing Director / Restatop


Friday 13 September
at 15.00 – 15.45
Habitare Pro Lounge
NOTE! Language: Only in Finnish

How do we stay current with space solutions amidst rapidly advancing technology? Taiga’s Co-Founder and Head of Design, Pekka Eskelinen, discusses the future of meeting rooms and the flexible integration of technology.

Founded in 2015, the Finnish company is a supplier of timeless soundproof space solutions, operating widely in global markets around the world. The company’s products are inspired by the serene atmosphere of Nordic forests. Taiga’s comprehensive range caters for diverse office space requirements, including phone booths, personal workstations, working spaces, meeting rooms and larger modular solutions up to 28m².

Pekka Eskelinen, Taigan Co-Founder ja Head of Design/Taiga

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