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…)

Each month we select ”Color of the Month” – an inspirational shade that reflects the here and now. Pantone’s Starwberry Cream is our selection for July 2019.
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The typical gender rules that the society has set for us cause insecurity. However, life isn’t worth pretending to be someone else. Therefore people must show their real selves without shame in spite of other people’s prejudice or judgement. Identity Crisis is an outcome of a collaboration between several study lines, including photography and clothing design at the Institute of Design. As part of the project the students have designed and technically implemented the zero waste plan in two of the ensembles photographed in the editorial. (Continues…)

Curator and producer Antonia Hamberg has opened the doors of her private home for art and art lovers and now introduces us the motives behind the intimate gallery project. “Closeness and sensuality feel relevant in today’s fast-paced and achievement-oriented, online world. So, with Sensual Closeness, I want to put our senses into focus. “(Continues…)