Five to watch this month
Latest news stories from across the Finnair network.
Garden, Helsinki’s hotspot for Finnish fashion, opens this month at Kämp Galleria shopping centre where top designers including Arela, Jolie, Nomen Nescio, Samuji, Terhi Pölkki, and Klaus Haapaniemi showcase their collections. Design shop Tre Gallery has teamed up with Nide Bookstore to showcase the printed word alongside fashion. “We’ll be offering a curated bookshop with quality titles, both Finnish and international, fiction and non-fiction titles for children and adults, along with magazines,” says Nide’s co-owner Terhi Jääskeläinen. The Nide Bookstore on Fredrikinkatu has fast become one of the city’s favourite independent bookstores for its great selection of books, art and design magazines – and cosy reading nook.
Once in a Lifetime: Travel Moments to Remember by Mirva Saukkola (Cozy Publishing) offers readers an eloquent insider’s guide to destinations from Kyoto to Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and New York. Saukkola, who is a well-known style and travel writer in Finland, captures each city with a keen journalist’s eye and a quality that harks back to the pre-digital era when a good travel guide was a unique work of storytelling art. The first half of the portable book is in Finnish and the second half is in English, which makes it the perfect guide for cosmopolitan globetrotters who want a bi-lingual treat that ventures beyond the typical tourist listings.
Limited land availability is an issue in Singapore. In keeping with the trend of creating locally sourced produce, Sanan Sino-Sciences Biotech (SananBio) and Singapore VertiVegies have teamed up. The result is the country’s largest indoor farm, with a 20,000 square metre plant factory to be located in the Lim Chu Kang area where leafy greens, micro greens, herbs, and fruits are grown.
Kate and Mark Gatts from New Zealand have created Thinkladder, an app which provides the tools for users to tackle anxiety and depression. Combining modern-day tech with neuroscience and a user-friendly interface with a phone app, the name reflects the idea that users embark on a journey that allows them to climb up a ladder back to better mental health, rung by rung.
Regardless of who wins the Radical Innovation Award, “an award-giving platform that recognises game-changing ideas for the hospitality industry worldwide,” the 2018 finalists for the 12th annual edition offer excellent ideas for making a positive impact. For example, one of the ideas is an Aquaponic Experience Hotel where rainwater is continuously recycled throughout the hotel.
Compiled by Katja Pantzar