SAUMA (Design as Cultural
Exhibition at Design Museum in Helsinki
SAUMA (Design as Cultural Interface) presents
innovative contemporary design from Finland. The works in the exhibition
explore new approaches to usability, user experience and the design
SAUMA introduces experimental installations and design concepts
including new portable devices, an experimental kitchen, an urban
sauna and a game prototype. Other exhibition items study the ideas
of portability, sensory experiences and the ways in which we navigate
our urban environment. On view will be a jacket designed to sweep
away the loneliness of urban dwellers, and a perfume installation
evoking memories of certain cities. All the works featured are either
new prototypes or fresh applications of recent design concepts.
The exhibition started its US tour from Washington, DC where it
was presented at the Embassy of Finland gallery in October -November
2005. After that it was on show in New York at the World Financial
Center Courtyard Gallery in June September 2006. From Los
Angeles the exhibition will travel to Europe where it will be shown
in Helsinki, Finland and Paris, France in year 2008. In addition
to the exhibition, the SAUMA project features a publication, a web
site, and a series of seminars. SAUMA is Finnish and refers to a
seam, a borderline, and, in colloquial usage, a chance.
For more information on SAUMA, please visit www.saumadesign.net.
SAUMA is produced by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.
The exhibition is curated by Hannu Kähönen (Chief Curator),
Industrial Designer, and Marko Tandefelt (Curator), professor of
physical computing. The exhibition architecture is by Industrial
Designer Harri Koskinen and the graphic design by Designer Aimo
Katajamäki. Architect Mikko Heikkinen is senior curatorial
advisor. SAUMA is sponsored by the Finnish Cultural Foundation,
the Ministry of Education Finland, the National Council for Design,
the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, the Asko Foundation, the Seth Sprague
Educational and Charitable Foundation. The exhibition in Los Angeles
is presented in partnership with the Design Museum, Helsinki.
images: Sirpa Fourastié & Susan Elo, Kuutio Futon.
photo Marco Melander
Janne Kyttänen, P2L soccer shoe. photo Janne Kyttänen
small image: Kari Nieminen/Versoul, Sitar Guitar. photo Matti Niemi