In Brief

Finland has firm traditions in functional and aesthetically appealing design. The legacy of harmonious beauty still holds strong, as do the ideals of reasonable but at the same time innovative use of materials. The Finnish designers of today both honor and unravel this legacy.

Many representatives of the young generation of the Finnish design embark to unknown territories in their practice. Open-minded approach towards the design process results in up-to-date projects and products that carry the potential of becoming future classics.

For years, Finnish Cultural Institute in New York have been familiarizing the North American audience with the Finnish design, mostly by producing annual design exhibitions and events.

Currently the Institute is focusing on the design process itself, putting emphasis on the conceptual thinking leading to the material outcome. In a world full of objects, questions of sustainability have become crucial. The Institute curates its projects and events aiming to offer both inspiration and conceptual depth.