Country living, vintage looks and hand-made effects dominate spring fashion. Editorial by photographer Otto Virtanen and stylist Noora Makkonen. (Continues…)

A reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection. Today Pantone revealed the Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue 19-4052. We have also chosen this for our color of the month here on Around. As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection.

The Golden Age of Finnish art is seen through a fashion designer’s eye in Carolina Forss’s MA thesis for Aalto University. Forss will present her collection, inspired by especially Helene Schjerfbeck, in the main stairwell of the Ateneum Art Museum’s building on Finland’s Independence Day, 6th of December. Around Journal had the chance to interview Forss before the event.

Walking into the room exhibiting Bi feels like interrupting a play, although you cannot just sit and passively watch. The entire work is on two screens back to back, and the idea opens up as you watch the beautiful set on the front screen, listening to the rhythm of the voices, whose identities are shown more clearly in the more raw footage on the other side.

The Nordic expansive forests, extreme winter climate and afternoon skies are the backdrop for our Color of the Month in November 2019.
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Today there is the spacious gallery around us and the completed works are up on the walls. He talks about empathy. How it’s about giving space. That when listening to a friend one doesn’t have to solve the problem. But answer emotions. “Have I mansplaned? Yes. Am I the kind of man I’d ideally would want to be? Not in every way,”Erno says and ponders how important it is to be heard. How it is important to be touched. And then clarifies, ”This is not about sexuality, but about friendship.”

Each month we select ”Color of the Month” – an inspirational shade that reflects the here and now. Alongside the color we present a moodboard of images that back our choice. Pantone’s Blackberry Cordial is our selection for October 2019.
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For the second time, Around Journal and Urban View created the theme for Finland’s largest interior, design and furniture event Habitare 2019.

MINDSPACES theme moves between the material and the intangible, as well as the real and the imaginary. It explores the spatial solutions, materials, colours, scents, lighting and objects that evoke emotions, catering for various needs in life.
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Just scrolling through the news on your phone is not enough. Images may contain some feeling about the issues important today, but there is a sensual barrier that is not crossed. Developing a passion about environmental issues needs a fuller response. This is only one of the reasons that the work of Ville Raasakka is so important. (Continues…)