The Future is Finnish

By jesse


Though it seems like only yesterday that we were furiously covering Milan design week—and the avalanche of events that came with it—it’s time once again for another “design week.”  This time we won’t need passports and an Italian to English dictionary, but New York Design Week promises to deliver the same level of world-class events in and around ICFF.  As always, stay tuned to Design-Calendar to stay up to date on the industry’s latest goings on during Design Week and beyond.

Since I led with an appeal to passports and since the “I” in ICFF stands for “International”, it’s only fitting that we should look at an event with global appeal.  Scandinavian design has long been a major player in the industry, but particular emphasis is often given to Sweden and Denmark at the expense of their companion to the east, Finland.  Now you can get a taste of exclusively Finnish design at “New Finnish Design SCENARIOS—A Story about what Happened in the Future.”  Assuming they aren’t talking about time travel, the exhibit plans to offer a stirring look at the designers, manufacturers, prototypes, and products and their inspirations that are shaping the current and future landscapes of contemporary Finnish design.  SCENARIOS promises to highlight Finland’s focus on sustainability, mobility, ethical responsibility, in addition to technological and material innovations.

The exhibit will also feature a longue area for lectures, a FIKA espresso bar, a pop-up store featuring Finnish design items, and a student workshop.  Be sure to make this one of your stops at this year’s New York Design Week to get a glimpse into the past of the future.

New Finnish Design SCENARIOS—A Story about what Happened in the Future will return to the Meat Packing District:

May 12-17, 2011

72 Gansevoort Street (at Washington), New York NY 10014

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