An architecture exhibition The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century opens October 1st at the Center for Architecture, New York.

Architect Sasu Marila runs his own studio in Helsinki. In his previous position as a project manager of the SARC Architects he worked mostly in the field of public architecture, whereas his personal projects have been related to residential architecture and urbanism.

Ville Kokkonen’s focus as a designer is on lighting. In his work he has specialized in the effects of bright-light, and its positive implications on peoples’ mental and physical wellness. In 2010 Ville Kokkonen designed for Artek the WHITE collection of four bright-light fittings. His Bright Light 1 desk lamp is light-therapy certified. While in New York, Kokkonen will study the theme of light in space both in visual art and in design. He will also continue his research on other curative projects, in particular the effects of purified air and microclimates in everyday work spaces.

work by Moosa Myllykangas

Moosa Myllykangas has her background in textile art, but in recent years she has focused on hard materials. Lately she has used a lot of residue materials from small industries, such as metal, acrylic, polycarbonates and various plastics.

Myllykangas has presented her works in numerous domestic and international exhibitions, and in 2003 she received the third prize in the Internationa Lace Biennial – Contemporary Art, Brussels. Earlier this year she had a solo show at Kemi Art Museum. She has also acted as a curator.

Lauri Astala participated in the new 6-month-long residency program created in collaboration with the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, and the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP). He stayed at our Manhattan Avenue artist residence in Brooklyn in July-December 2012.

Janne Laine spent July 2012 at our Manhattan Avenue residence, Brooklyn. Laine is an artist from Tampere, Finland, working mainly in the medium of heliogravure. Laine graduated from the Tampere School of Art and Media in 1995. Since 1992, he has exhibited in over 20 countries. His work is included in various public collections in both Finland and abroad. Laine has received a number of awards for his work, including the Bank of Canada Award at the 5th Biennale internationale d'estampe contemporaine de Trois-Riviéres, Québec.

Mikko Laakkonen was supposed to be a musical instrument craftsman, but he eventually ended up as a designer. After graduating as a musical instrument maker, he studied furniture design at Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences, and later received his Masters degree from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. In 2004, he founded his own Studio Mikko Laakkonen.

One of the highlights of the spring season of the Finnish Cultural Institute was the lively CITY lounge at the three day Wanted Design fair from May 19-21. Co-organized with the Finnish Consulate Genelral in New York and Design Forum Finland, the CITY lounge presented a selection of both material and post material products. The lounge was decorated with furniture by Inno Interior, One Nordic Furniture Company, and Samu Viitanen, lighting fixtures by Secto Design, and textiles by Vallila Interior.

Olli-Paavo Koponen is a professor of history of architecture at the Tampere University of Technology. While in New York, he will explore the city and its multilayered architecture. He will take a look at the city and analyze how, even though being the symbol of the modern Western culture, New York in fact has gained its form as a historical collage.

From now on finding information about Finnish design will be easy. The New Finnish Design Portal will function as a platform that brings together details about Finnish designs, designers and manufacturers as well as ongoing and future projects. It's a great tool for anyone interested in Finnish Design. One could almost call it a handbook.

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