The Enhanced Human Being

Imagine spring 2070; you may not be waiting for the season’s clothing to arrive at the stores but instead eagerly waiting for the season’s skin collection to be made public.

Over a few seasons now, the theme around an enhanced human being has been recurring in many trend forecasts. An interesting topic from both the scientific and the artistic points of view, here is Around’s summary of some thought-provoking projects for inspiration. (Continues…)

There is something universal and touching about Vuorenmaa’s relentless yet gentle way of portraying people in the moment of something crucial, in her ability to capture the ambiguous emotions of a situation that in its extreme contains everything between life and loss, love and despair, surrender and victory. (Continues…)

Signals trend exhibition uncovered the future of our homes by showcasing visual trend stories. Around had a chat with the curator Susanna Björklund about the process of creating the exhibition and the challenges the design business is facing as the demand for sustainable products is increasing ever more. We also take a look at the four trend themes of the exhibition. (Continues…)

This season is about contrast. Take a moment to dwell on the details of photographer Eeva Suutari’s beautiful black and white images, in an editorial framing the lines of contemporary style.

What is invariable in fashion is to always look forward, to search for the unseen.
But what we sometimes forget is to focus on the now. (Continues…)

In her current exhibition, titled Delfu, artist Man Yau has experimented with materials and tools that are new to her. The result is a collection of art work where the human touch is no longer visible. “Learning the nature of the new material seemed liberating. As I worked in an isolated environment and without a clear plan, it gave me the opportunity to focus entirely on the creating and constructing in its entirety, but also forced me to deal with the relationship with my own artistic identity. Sculpting became a method to produce something which I can hardly describe in words.” (Continues…)

“Morning stretches half-dressed is one of my favorite things about summer.” (Continues…)

A fashion story embracing the most sensual season of the year. Pictures by Kaapo Kamu and style by Noora Makkonen. (Continues…)

Mystery is fictious character with a Nordic heritage who mixes historical fashion pieces into new looks. Around Journal interviewed the creative duo behind the book project. Fashion illustrator Minna Ainoa and fashion editor Milla Muurimäki were both intrigued by the possibility to show fashion history in a new way which could interest even those who are not into fashion. (Continues…)

The Venice Biennale is the grandest art exhibition in the world, and even though it has had its ups and downs, its importance hasn’t been shaken. In the era of post-globalization, the role of the art is again highlighted. The Finnish pavilion and others raise important and serious questions about the challenges of modern times – and uses humor to address them. (Continues…)

You think you’re not interested in men’s fashion? Well you’re wrong. You should be. Everybody should be. Actually, unconsciously you already are, because men’s fashion has been mixing with women’s and influencing the scene more and more season after season. The proof? Just count the increasing number of unified men’s and women’s collections and catwalk shows or cross gender or no gender styles. Or simply take a look at Pitti Uomo, the men’s fashion fair and event, held in Florence twice a year. (Continues…)