A reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection. Today Pantone revealed the Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue 19-4052. We have also chosen this for our color of the month here on Around. As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection.

Walking into the room exhibiting Bi feels like interrupting a play, although you cannot just sit and passively watch. The entire work is on two screens back to back, and the idea opens up as you watch the beautiful set on the front screen, listening to the rhythm of the voices, whose identities are shown more clearly in the more raw footage on the other side.

For the second time, Around Journal and Urban View created the theme for Finland’s largest interior, design and furniture event Habitare 2019.

MINDSPACES theme moves between the material and the intangible, as well as the real and the imaginary. It explores the spatial solutions, materials, colours, scents, lighting and objects that evoke emotions, catering for various needs in life.
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Just scrolling through the news on your phone is not enough. Images may contain some feeling about the issues important today, but there is a sensual barrier that is not crossed. Developing a passion about environmental issues needs a fuller response. This is only one of the reasons that the work of Ville Raasakka is so important. (Continues…)

Some years ago we were told by many experts that soon we will all have 3D printers at home. Clearly, this has not been the case – and thankfully so. With the technology developing in such a fast pace, we can only imagine the amount of discarded printers that would be in the landfills by now. While we have come to realize that not every home will need a 3D printer, this technology has by no means been forgotten. (Continues…)

We know that our current way of consuming is not going to make it in the long term if we want to keep this planet alive. Thankfully, many of today’s designers are exploring new ways to innovate more sustainable materials for future products. (Continues…)

The basis for the future of design lies in material innovations. In this series of articles we explore just a few of the many ideas that the Around Team feels could make a difference and change the way we think about the materials that surround us. (Continues…)

The interrelations between mankind and nature set the ground for Peter Holliday’s photographic work. In his current exhibition The Mountain of Fire, featuring images from his series Where the Land Rises, he investigates themes of absence and remembrance by studying the volcanic eruption of Eldfell on the island of Heimaey in 1973 in Iceland. (Continues…)

As a closure to Finland’s 100th independence year, visual artist Sanna Saastamoinen-Barrois, presents a documented series of her outdoor exhibition Swidden Rotation at Around Journal. The photographs printed on sailcloths survived from spring until late autumn in the national park of the fortress island Vallisaari. Time and place had a significant role in the presentation. This series adds yet another layer to her art: only at the end can the changes in the background, the seasons of nature, be made visible. (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…)