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…)

”A limited amount of money. To make a collection a clever student doesn’t need much of it. The fabrics have been collected over years. Everything is utilized for the garments. Cutting waste and hoods. Some students have even had their time on a cost-cutting program in order to implement flamboyant collections for the show.” Fashion designer Sofia Järnefelt leads us through the exciting process behind the annual fashion show of BA and MA students of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. (Continues…)

Each month we select ”Color of the Month” – an inspirational shade that reflects the here and now. Pantone’s Warm Sand is our selection for June 2019.
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Visual artist Elina Autio works in between painting, sculpting, and installations. Her series of three reliefs, in which she has assembled the surfaces of wooden, painted angle fillets, is on display at the Young Artists exhibition in Kunsthalle Helsinki. Autio has studied in the University of Arts Helsinki and the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. In 2018 the Finnish Art Society awarded Autio with the annually given Ducat Prize. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest art award in Finland. (Continues…)