Raimo Saarinen is a visual artist and sculptor based in Helsinki. He graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2017. In his art, Saarinen deals with the Western concept of nature, and its problematic view of humans acting as separate individuals towards nature. Nature’s temporality and ability to regenerate are the core motifs of his art, where he uses living plants and other organic materials. (Continues…)

Designer Tero Kuitunen is inspired by the interface of design and art, the unprejudiced apposition of things, floating sceneries, and the meaning of humor and touch in design. Alongside product design, Tero is known for concept and space planning as well as memorable projects of contemporary art and design. (Continues…)

Inka Bell (b. 1981) was selected as Grafia’s Graphic Designer of the Year 2018. Bell works open-mindedly in-between design and art, concentrating specially on serigraphy. In her current prize exhibition Zanni at ARTEK textures, structures and the sense of different materials have an apparent role. Her approach to the relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms is intriguing. “I mostly work with paper, and I try to find new ways to utilize this mundane material. Quite often we see and use paper as a two-dimensional surface, and I am interested in studying how we can use it in a new way.” (Continues…)

Finnish artist Tiina Pyykkinen’s (b.1983) art underlines some essential attributes of our lives  – full presence and slow perception. Her strong alkyd and oil paintings and installations serve as stages where the viewer becomes the actor of a play, fulfilling the purpose of the artwork. Space and light have a fundamental role in her work. (Continues…)

How do we conceive and imagine a form through verbal description? What kind of roles do understanding and misunderstanding have in an experimental design project? Finnish design duo Aalto+Aalto, the designers Elina and Klaus Aalto, and Swedish designer Petra Lilja implemented the interesting project Rephrasals for the celebration of Finland’s centenary being exhibited at Form/Design Center in Malmö in November 2017. (Continues…)

The Signature exhibition at the interior design fair Habitare brings together design and contemporary art and discovers what happens when well-known designers and architects pick their favorite works from the world of contemporary art. Signature is curated for Habitare by Katja Räisänen and Mia Dillemuth.

In this collaboration, Around Journal launches the concept of a dialogue between creators by inviting them to interview each other and talk about creativity. The interviews published online take the visitor more deeply into these creators’ minds. (Continues..)

The Signature exhibition at the interior design fair Habitare brings together design and contemporary art and discovers what happens when well-known designers and architects pick their favorite works from the world of contemporary art. Signature is curated for Habitare by Katja Räisänen and Mia Dillemuth. (Continues…)

Finnish fashion designer Matti Liimatainen is interested in the prospects of automation in the fashion industry. His label Self-Assembly, S-A, was recently launched during Pre Helsinki’s Prenaissance presentation in EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art. The first products appear like a combination of high technology and primitive aesthetics. Liimatainen has previously worked as a Design Development Manager at Aitor Throup Studio and as a designer at KTZ and BOY London.
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Around Journal had the pleasure to interview Tuomas Merikoski, designer and the creator of AALTO International. The successful Paris-based brand has its roots in Finnish culture and is enriched by international influences. Merikoski with his label is one of the four nominees for the highly respected ANDAM prize 2017. Merikoski is interested in creating a new kind of cultural Finnish identity. He is fascinated by collaborations with visual and other art forms, changing the formats and ways of working. (Continues…)

The One-Room Flat installation of Galleria Huuto feels like someone’s apartment furnished with everyday necessities. With a closer look the objects prove to be artworks, made out of different materials and media by a group of artists playing with the idea of memories, nostalgia and everyday routines. (Continues…)