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The Wonderwater initiative is aimed at raising awareness of global water issues and design for a sustainable future. Our first Wonderwater programme for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 will include water-related events, an exhibition and workshops designed to illuminate the significance of water’s role in our everyday lives.


Jane Withers

Jane Withers is a London-based design consultant, curator and writer. She has written several books on design and architecture and regularly teaches and speaks on design internationally. Jane established her own consultancy in 2001 and has since worked on design strategies internationally. She has curated acclaimed exhibitions on design and sustainability.

Jane Withers Design Consultants | Curators

Kari Korkman

Kari Korkman is the founder and director of Helsinki Design Week – the fast growing multidisciplinary annual design festival in Scandinavia. He has been involved in a large number of product development projects and launches since the beginning of the 90’s and has produced and curated several design exhibitions and events. Kari has received much recognition for his achievements in design business and for activating city culture.

Helsinki Design Week

Advisors & Collaborators

King's College London

King's College London has a special position in the heart of London, straddling its main artery, the Thames. The College contributes to London’s vibrant intellectual life; addresses the basic needs of its population through work on health, education and law; and reflects the capital’s status as a world city by playing vital roles in international public policy, global finance and communications.

King's College London

WWF Finland

WWF is one of the world's largest non-profit conservation organizations established in 1961. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF is active in over 100 countries on five continents and supported by 7 million people. WWF Finland collaborates with Wonderwater to raise awareness of the water footprint.

WWF Finland

Aalto University

Aalto University is an international university building on Finnish expertise. At Aalto science and art meet technology and business. The university promotes the welfare of both humankind and the environment through top-quality research and education. It works in close cooperation with businesses and public organisations to transfer its expertise. Aalto University’s programme for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 raises awareness of research and education related to the design of living environments. The programme is called Living+ Wonderwater Cafe and Wonderwater campaign are developed in collaboration with Aalto University.

Aalto University