The 93rd Pitti Uomo fashion fair will be held in Florence from the 9th until the 12th of January. What makes this year so special is that Finland is the Guest Nation of the biannual event presenting eight menswear labels at the fair: Rolf Ekroth, Formal Friday, Ikla Wright x Turo, Mannisto, Nomen Nescio, Saint Vacant, Vyner Articles and Maria Korkeila x R-Collection. Guest Nation Finland is a project part of the Pitti Uomo’s program of special events. Around Journal interviewed Maria Korkeila about the project and on her design philosophy. (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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)