Trends you need to know this March
Essential news items from around the globe.
Iceland’s design march
The cream of the local design scene takes over downtown Reykjavík during DesignMarch, Iceland’s annual design festival. Showcasing top talent in over 100 events, the festival’s new highlight is Design Diplomacy, a series of design talks in Reykjavík’s embassies from March 15 to 18.
Bone for vintage hounds
A yawning gap on the Helsinki design scene was filled with the recent opening of Gallery Lemmetti, a unique venue specialising in classic and contemporary high-end Finnish design.
“I have received a great deal of positive feedback both from abroad and home stating that this concept was long needed in Helsinki,” says the founder Juhani Lemmetti.
Open by appointment, the gallery caters to collectors, designers, and architects – “and anybody inspired by timeless Finnish design. My personal favourites are obviously Alvar Aalto and Tapio Wirkkala, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä in contemporary crafts, and of course Yrjö Kukkapuro in furniture.”
Hot at Hyères
Three students from Finland’s Aalto University have been chosen as finalists in the Hyères Fashion Festival in France this April. Linda Kokkonen, Anna Isoniemi, and Antonina Sedakova are among the contenders for the prestigious Fashion Prize, continuing Finland’s head-turning recent success at Hyères.
“According to previous juries, our students’ collections are fresh and unprejudiced, but with a very high level of technical execution. They also have a very strong story to tell and fashion is about storytelling,” says Aalto Fashion Design lecturer Tuomas Laitinen.
The ears have it
Laser-cut plywood is a gravity-friendly choice for fans of bold, dangly ear accessories.
Compiled by Silja Kudel