The New Year celebrations rang out around the globe at the weekend but they partied bigger and better than most in Helsinki to celebrate the city’s 2012 role as World Design Capital. The Finnish capital follows Turin and Seoul in taking on the mantle and has put together an exciting programme of events, exhibitions and talks to celebrate Finland’s design heritage and look forward to how the country should embrace design to maximise its commercial, cultural, social and environmental potential.
At the London launch event, organisers stressed that they wanted to explore design in a very real, pragmatic context rather than as a theoretical or academic discipline, and executive director Pekka Timonen said: “Design is now part of Helsinki’s city strategy. This city has a great design heritage and we’ve made it our mission to embed design in life and to see it influence the culture, economy and social life of the city.”
We will be keeping a close eye on the goings-on in Helsinki throughout the next 12 months and will bring you the very best from the year-lomg festival here on It’s Nice That.
- Envisions collective, breaking down the boundaries of design
- Zsofia Schweger’s paintings depict her Hungarian home frozen in time
- Illustrator Nuno Maria’s fresh aesthetic and smooth shapes rework ordinary objects
- A cookbook inspired by Brad Pitt's on-screen eating habits
- Uganda’s boisterous nightlife as captured by photographer Michele Sibiloni
- Vanguards magazine explores Scotland's undiscovered creative treasure
- Sagmeister & Walsh rebrands fashion label Milly to reflect its "edgy" new personality
- Dominic Wilcox designs art exhibition for dogs (plus exclusive artist sketches)
- Jaemin Lee’s gloriously retro exhibition identities and poster designs
- James Jean’s phantasmagorical world of technicolour fever dreams
- The Refugee Nation Olympic flag was inspired by a lifejacket
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