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…)

An inception for autumn. Editorial by photographer David Jacob and stylist Noora Makkonen. (Continues…)

Around Journal presents a portrait project by photographer Outi Törmälä about women who don’t like the way they look. The aim of the project was to encourage discussion of this phenomenon that touches so many women but is at the same time nearly invisible. In the era of social media, both one’s appearance and photos have become ever more important. It invokes pressure and increasing dissatisfaction. (Continues…)

This month we look at the rise of refined neo-nerd culture. Pantone’s Pearl Blue reflects the world of tech start-ups, science, sustainability innovation and a distinct entrepreneurial spirit – all of which inspire a fresh take on modern minimalism.
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The world is hungry for cruelty-free design.

This part of the Material Age series focuses on some recent innovations and possible alternatives to leather. We feature materials made from fruit, mushrooms and even leather grown in the laboratory. (Continues…)

It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish virtual and digital experiences from real life experiences. The search of balance between online and offline worlds is a topic that trend forecasting agencies have been discussing for a long time, but it continues – and is more relevant than ever. (Continues…)