Trends you need to know this April
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All in the family
Ananya and Aurea Tanttu share not only the same gene pool but also a keen eye for beauty. Artworks by the real-life sisters will feature in Sisterhood, a new exhibition opening in April at Helsinki’s Lokal gallery and concept store. Showcasing a mix of established and up-and-coming talent, the cosy gallery is the winner of last year’s Finnish State Design Award.
The Tanttu sisters have evidently inherited their refined eye from their mother, photographer Katja Hagelstam, who is also the gallery’s founder.
“Ananya and Aurea have been an important part of Lokal since the beginning. We have endlessly planned the Lokal concept around our kitchen table. To celebrate our 50th exhibition, it feels meaningful to show my daughters’ budding works,” says the proud mum.
This August, Helsinki celebrates the opening of Amos Rex, a new art museum by JKMM Architects praised by the BBC as one of the most exciting new buildings of 2018. Hidden underground beneath a canopy of sculpted skylights, the museum’s opening show will feature a monumental digital installation by international art collective teamLab.
“We will pour water into this unique space in digital simulation. Gravity will be turned upside down, and the water will flow upwards from floor to ceiling, creating a vortex,” says the collective. The piece makes a statement on the miraculous continuity of life. “We see no boundary between ourselves and nature; one is in the other and the other is in one.”
Marimekko by Maarinen
Finnish fashion powerhouse Marimekko ups its creative game with a new head designer. Satu Maaranen plans to add a contemporary feel, femininity, and new printing techniques to Marimekko’s joyful legacy of bold prints and colours.
“I love to simplify things and play with contrasts. That works for Marimekko, too,” she says. Her first collection as head designer debuts pre-fall 2019.
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Compiled by Silja Kudel