What’s next in Finnish design?
Essential news items from Finland.
HOME OF HETZU
“Hetzu” is the name of a perky fox terrier frequently found on the premises of Hetzukoto, a new concept store opened in Helsinki’s Design District by Piyapong Kerdmoh, an architect from Surin, Thailand. The name reflects the playful spirit of the store, which showcases emerging young labels including Kerdmoh’s own bold and adorable shirt brand HezzuHezzu. Finland’s freedom from hierarchies was among the key reasons Kerdmoh decided to build his career in Helsinki. “Everyone is equal, and everyone is important. And there’s a lot of great young design talent. By opening Hetzukoto, I wanted to enhance the experience of customers looking for something new in Helsinki,” he says.
GARDEN À LA MODE
Budding talent needs fertile soil to blossom – and this will be offered in spades by Garden, a new hub of Finnish fashion opening at Kämp Galleria on November 15. Well-known brands will also open boutiques at the hub, including Arela, Samuji, Terhi Pölkki, Hálo, and Nomen Nescio. Alongside commercial projects, the space will host experimental fashion shows and student exhibitions.
STRONG WOMEN AT EMMA
The Espoo Museum of Modern Art celebrates female energy with the Finnish debut of Alicja Kwade, a Polish contemporary artist acclaimed widely in international art biennials. Kwade’s show will engage in a unique dialogue with the museum’s brutalist architecture. October also sees the opening of Čuolmmadit, a solo show by Sámi artist and activist Outi Pieski.
3 x COOL HEAD
Chill October winds are a great excuse to splurge on a beautiful beanie.
Compiled by Silja Kudel