It seems that this is almost a ‘Golden Age’ of Finnish fashion. Technical innovations have preceded these revolutionary periods in history. And such is partly the case this time around. Social media has enabled in many areas of culture for niche to become mass. More importantly, in this time and age, the challenge is to create something long-lasting. Many of these designs captured by photographer Eeva Suutari will certainly stand the test of time, and more. (Continues..)

“Fascinating shapes that are being hidden, new forms surfacing. It’s all in your mind.” Editorial by Christian Jakowleff and Noora Makkonen (Continues…)

“The inner regions do not comply with language, they tow toward where words cannot be.” With all as flakes in space, what is to make with words of Fergus Feehily’s exhibition, symposium (and now, book)? (Continues…)

Lotta Wennäkoski’s Until the Dreams at times feels like a crowd assembled to shout at you, a comic play and a love song to Finland. Composed for the 90th anniversary of the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the 117-year-old Polytech Choir, Wennäkoski writes odes about love that almost soothe you, if her complex rhythms weren’t creating such a sense of excitement, even at times wonder. (Continues…)

Our lives have always been governed by circles. From the globe on which we live, to the rising of the sun and the pull of the moon, we have replicated and incorporated this enigmatic shape into ancient rituals, famous artworks, science and mathematics since time began. The Circle is the main concept in Pantone’s colour forecast for Autumn / Winter 2019-20 as the trend for colourful living continues. (Continues…)

Helsinki-based menswear line FRENN mixes traditional suiting and casual style serving the demands of modern living. Around Journal interviewed founders Jarkko Kallio and Antti Laitinen on their label’s latest collaboration with visual artist Stig Baumgartner. Individualism, sustainability and athleisure are today’s key words in fashion and FRENN manages to contribute to all these ideas. (Continues…)

Is sound at times too ephemeral to be taken as an art form? Our modern recordings of pop songs and performances have led us to take sound for granted – rhythms and melodies that never change. We forget that sound, including music, can also be art.  Sound and composition can be representational, and it can contain the same abstractions that you expect in representational art. (Continues…)

This year, WSOY has published classics of Finnish literature with new cover art. The project challenged key Finnish contemporary artists to create new covers from their own points of view. The 12 Classics project culminated in the Classics exhibition at Helsinki Contemporary. (Continues…)

Around Journal teamed up with Urban View to create the theme for Finland’s largest interior, decoration and design event Habitare 2018. ROOTS celebrates authenticity and highlights the personality of things. Creativity triumphs over obeying the rules. (Continues..)

A seventies vibe brings newness to wardrobe basics. Create an instantly recognizable and modern aesthetic of your own. Tailored shapes and paint-box brights are one way to do it. (Continues…)