Soft Goods Is Hard!

Join me this Thursday June 27, 2019 @ 6pm at Cosmo Labs in San Francisco for a panel discussion on the immense potential (and the challenges) of engineered soft-goods and technology embedded textiles. I'll be leading a conversation with some of the leading designers working in this emerging field, as well as R+D experts from Cosmo Labs and Dupont. 

 Panelists include Bret Recor (Founder and Creative Director at Box Clever), Nichole Rouillac (Co-founder and Creative Director of Level Design), Shady Shahid (Principal and Founder of Mast Design), Dr. Claire Wemp (Dupont) and Ethan Jamison (Technical Operations Manager at Cosmo Labs SF).

 Cosmo Labs is located at 3030 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

 Get your tickets eventbrite or check out the listing on SF Design Week’s Home page: 

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I'm giving a lecture about my work at California College of the Arts on February 15th, 2018.  Thank you to MFA Design Chairs Jon Sueda and Sara Dean for the invitation.  And look at these wonderful RISO lecture posters designed by Lai Xu and Yanhongrui Zhuang.

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Helen Maria Nugent was appointed Dean of the Design Division at California College of the Arts (CCA).  She will oversee CCA’s Design Division starting in August, 2017. 

CCA is a front-runner in design education. I am eager to join such an accomplished and diverse body of faculty, staff, and students at this pivotal moment when the community is transitioning to a single San Francisco campus. The unification presents an unprecedented opportunity for my colleagues to think anew about their work and engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue around contemporary practice with their peers in fine art, architecture, and the humanities and sciences. I am excited to bring the Design Division faculty and staff together to share their ambitions and craft a compelling vision of how CCA will shape the future of design education.” Dean Nugent, 

Read the announcement by clicking on my headshot:  







Helen Maria Nugent was selected as a judge for the 2017 Housewares Design Awards presented by the HomeWorld Business Association.  Click on the logo below to listen to a short interview where she describes the qualities of well designed objects!


Helen Maria Nugent will return for the 4th year as a 2017 Master Teacher in Design Arts for the National Young Arts Foundation.  

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2016!  

Click on the YA logo below to listen to her advice on putting together your design portfolio: 

HAELO Design will participate in 'Objects Get Personal'

Lecture and panel discussion moderated by Zoe Ryan, curator of the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial.

Tuesday February 10th from 4:30-6:30 at the Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 37 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

This lecture and panel discussion is part of the Mitchell Lecture Series of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. 

Hope you can make it!


Globe + Mail article, "What does love look like? These designers may have the answers." by Amanda Ruggeri.

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CLICK Here for link to Globe and Mail article by Amanda Ruggeri.

Interview on Design TV : 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial. Manifesting the Look of Love.


GOOD Magazine: Welcome to the Future of Design: Love Maps, Nighttime Cities and Workout Computers.

CLICK HERE for link to GOOD Magazine article by Caroline Pham.

'Manifesting the Look of Love' in the 'Best of the Istanbul Design Biennial list' by Erol Sevimlisoy Architects.



Wild Magazine includes 'Manifesting the Look of Love' in their 'Best of the Istanbul Design Biennial'. Written by Michael Valinsky.



Cornucopia Magazine includes 'Manifesting the Look of Love' in an article by Victoria Khroundina about the future of design.

Photo by Ali Guler.



Domus includes 'Manifesting the Look of Love' in their web review of the 2nd Annual Istanbul Design Biennial.

Link to article

'Manifesting the look of love' featured on designboom!


Haelo to exhibit in the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial

Haelo Design will debut their latest project titled, 'Manifesting the Look of Love' at the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial / IDB2 (1 November - 14 December 2014)

2nd Istanbul Design Biennial

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and curated by Zoë Ryan and associate curator Meredith Carruthers, the biennial titledThe Future Is Not What It Used To Be” hosts 53 projects that ask: “What is the future now?” By rethinking the manifesto as a platform to frame pertinent questions, the projects question the role of design, its relationship to society, and its ability to be an active agent for change.

The exhibition at the Galata Greek Primary School, the hub of the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, will spread over all five floors of the school, an area of approximately 2,300 square metres. The projects imagine new possibilities that can transform the present and invite new potential futures. Arranged in five departments— Personal, Norms and Standards, Resource, Civic Relations, and Broadcast — the projects question the manifesto as a platform for situating ideas and pointing to new directions. 

Press Previews on 30-31 October.

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2nd Istanbul Design Biennial

Galata Greek Primary School , Istanbul, Turkey

01 November - 14 December, 2014

Tuesday – Sunday 10AM – 7PM

Free admission

Haelo included in CHGO DSGN.

The exhibition is curated by Rick Valicenti of Thirst and includes our Malevich cabinet, the Olga dall'Ava side table, the Stranger's mirrors and a handful of Aggregate.

"CHGO DSGN is a celebration of Chicago’s design energy. The exhibit features more than 100 designers who, through their passionate spirit and fearless pursuit of the innovative and new, create work that engages, inspires, and challenges conformity." - Rick Valicenti

Public opening on Friday May 30, 6-10pm

31 May – 02 Nov 2014
Exhibit Hall
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St, 4th Floor

Helen Maria Nugent will return for the 4th year as a Master Teacher in Design Arts for the Young Arts Foundation.  

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2016!  

Listen below to her advice on putting together your application portfolio: