The typical gender rules that the society has set for us cause insecurity. However, life isn’t worth pretending to be someone else. Therefore people must show their real selves without shame in spite of other people’s prejudice or judgement. Identity Crisis is an outcome of a collaboration between several study lines, including photography and clothing design at the Institute of Design. As part of the project the students have designed and technically implemented the zero waste plan in two of the ensembles photographed in the editorial. (Continues…)

Designer Tero Kuitunen is inspired by the interface of design and art, the unprejudiced apposition of things, floating sceneries, and the meaning of humor and touch in design. Alongside product design, Tero is known for concept and space planning as well as memorable projects of contemporary art and design. (Continues…)

Babette Wiezorek is a product designer, art historian and researcher who works at the interface of materials, technologies and the processes that connect them. Her Berlin-based Additive Addicted studio focuses on additive and computer-aided technologies (3D-printing) using fluid materials, ceramics in particular.(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…)

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…)

The Signature exhibition at the interior design fair Habitare brings together design and contemporary art and discovers what happens when well-known designers and architects pick their favorite works from the world of contemporary art. Signature is curated for Habitare by Katja Räisänen and Mia Dillemuth.

In this collaboration, Around Journal launches the concept of a dialogue between creators by inviting them to interview each other and talk about creativity. The interviews published online take the visitor more deeply into these creators’ minds. (Continues..)

The Signature exhibition at the interior design fair Habitare brings together design and contemporary art and discovers what happens when well-known designers and architects pick their favorite works from the world of contemporary art. Signature is curated for Habitare by Katja Räisänen and Mia Dillemuth. (Continues…)

Designer Laura Väinölä and contemporary artist Karoliina Hellberg opened their first joint exhibition recently at Finlandinstitutet in Stockholm. In their exhibition, titled Tower of Presence, they create a mystical, nostalgic and fascinating story about a fictional person through whom we can identify our own memories and associations. The artists reveal captions of the character’s life in an installation made of flowers, piles of paper, paintings, pottery, carpet, curtains, light and sound. Even the scent of the flowers is part of the ambiance. (Continues…)

Psychedelia is a visual direction that is currently inspiring a growing number of designers. As new technologies allow us to explore ideas further, it is not a repetition of the 1960s but rather something completely new. (Continues…)

The importance of craft is key within slow fashion bag brand NO/AN. Founder and designer Anna Lehmusniemi wants to be transparent about her work and bring the customers closer to the manufacturing process. “But it is not the only reason that I wanted the artisans to sign the bags they hand produced. It is also a way for me to show appreciation for the talented people making the bags.” (Continues…)