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..)

Finnish fashion designer Matti Liimatainen is interested in the prospects of automation in the fashion industry. His label Self-Assembly, S-A, was recently launched during Pre Helsinki’s Prenaissance presentation in EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art. The first products appear like a combination of high technology and primitive aesthetics. Liimatainen has previously worked as a Design Development Manager at Aitor Throup Studio and as a designer at KTZ and BOY London.
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Around Journal had the pleasure to interview Tuomas Merikoski, designer and the creator of AALTO International. The successful Paris-based brand has its roots in Finnish culture and is enriched by international influences. Merikoski with his label is one of the four nominees for the highly respected ANDAM prize 2017. Merikoski is interested in creating a new kind of cultural Finnish identity. He is fascinated by collaborations with visual and other art forms, changing the formats and ways of working. (Continues…)