New Finnish Design SCENARIOS—A Story about what Happened in the Future was held in the Meatpacking District in May during the 24th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City. SCENARIOS offer an inspirational look at the designers, manufacturers, and products that are shaping the landscape of modern Finnish design. Curated by award-winning interior architect and furniture designer Sari Anttonen, the multilayered SCENARIOS exhibition included the latest products from designers, design studios, and manufacturers including Innojok, Saas Instruments, Vallila Interior, Vivero, and Woodnotes, along with Mari Isopahkala, Harri Koskinen for Genelec, Hannu Kähönen and Annele Valkama for Creadesign Oy, Samuli Naamanka for Plastex and Piiroinen, Pentagon Design, Heikki Ruoho for Showroom Finland, Ilkka Suppanen for Tikau, and Tunto Design.
With SCENARIOS, curator Sari Anttonen explored a wide range of current and upcoming themes including sustainability, ethical thinking, mobility, technological and material innovations, the creative use of existing materials and techniques, multisensory reception, and DIY culture as it relates to handicrafts and personalization. In addition to the latest furniture, lighting fixtures, and other interior design objects presented in the show; illustrated stories of the early years of the participating companies allow visitors to familiarize themselves with the ideas, inspirations, and processes traditionally found at the heart of Finnish design. During the SCENARIOS event, students from New York and Helsinki worked in the event space and offered visitors the possibility to have a first-hand look into the creative process. The aim of the workshop was to map out future scenarios in the fields of design represented in the event.