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80 Years of Aalto’s Stool 60

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60, produced by Artek, the company founded by Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The design of the stool itself, with the use of wood instead of bent steel was revolutionary back in the 30s. It is of course durable – with…

Converse ? Marimekko Spring/Summer 2013 Collection Announced

Marimekko and Converse continues their partnership in releasing the 2013 Spring/Summer collection with Marimekko prints by Maija Isola and Maija Louekari on Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star and a brand-new silhouette, Chuck Taylor All Star Platform. Check out the prints below. This collection also features the Mansikka print (1967) by Maija Isola featuring fresh strawberries…

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Marimekko for Finnair to Launch Spring 2013

Marimekko and Finnair announced a three-year design collaboration to introduce Marimekko designs into the Finnair flying experience. Beginning Spring 2013, all Finnair aircraft will feature a “Marimekko for Finnair” collection of textiles and tableware, featuring Marimekko’s classic patterns. The Marimekko for Finnair collection is specially designed to add a light and fresh visual and tactile…

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Cafe Aalto, Helsinki

During my visit to the World Design Capital 2012 in Helsinki I also had the opportunity to stop by Cafe Aalto, designed by the famous architect, located inside the Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (Academic Bookstore) building called the Kirjatalo (Book House), which was also designed by Aalto. The interesting thing about the cafe itself is really the…

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Artek’s 2nd Cycle: Giving Furniture Another Life

As I continue to sift through all of the wonderful things I missed this year at the London Design Festival, I found out about this 2nd Cycle project by Artek. Apparently a few years ago, Artek began collecting old Artek furniture from schools, flea markets, retirement homes and more and gave these chairs a second…

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Kamppi Chapel of Silence, Helsinki

The city of Helsinki was selected as the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. For the period of one year, a series of events with design as the central theme will be held throughout Helsinki as well as surrounding cities. In addition to events, there are also…

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Marimekko PROTO Concept Designs by Young Talents

More photos of this story can be found on our Facebook page. Marimekko introduced PROTO, a project in which four young designers worked with Marimekko’s leftover fabrics to create unique designs. The young talents — Riikka Buri, Yonna Moriya, Elina Määttänen and Emmakaisa Soisalo — designed very different collections with different styles. The collections captivate…