Hand-drawn patterns are the basis of visual artist Martin Bergström’s work. He is an awarded fashion designer using his talent in the fields of interior, set and stage design. Organic materials and abstract forms mix in his work. Bergström regards his collections as a kind of exhibition – the garments themselves being his paintings and the textiles his paint. (Continues…)

The series Rose by Sofia Okkonen presented in the Project Space of The Finnish Museum of Photography is a study on the performance of the feminine. “In my art I want to study how our ideas about our ideal selves, beauty, trauma, the erotic and fantasies present themselves in front of the camera, on one hand through directed posing and on the other hand through the uncontrolled and subconscious.” (Continues…)

Designer Kukka-Maria Kiuru’s concept of Creative Play Workshops can be seen as reaction against the seriousness of trends and popular culture recently. “For me, play is experimentation. In many cases in creative processes only the mind does the work, and decision making is based on the conscious mind. Coincidences don’t have a big role. I’d like to see more “handstorming” beside brainstorming.” (Continues…)

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…)