Exhibition for the International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar
in the Studio at the Alvar Aalto Museum, August 31 – October 7, 2007

Sami Rintala: Metsä-obseravatorio / Forest observatory, 2004
Valokuva/Photo: Sami Rintala

The Made in Finland exhibition at the Alvar Aalto Museum will be showing work by six young designers or design teams, one of whom is the 2006 Young Designer of the Year, Mikko Paakkanen. Paakkanen is a versatile designer who is known particularly for his high-quality, environmentally aware furniture designs. The exhibition will include scale-models and drawings of the architecture of Sami Rintala, a Finnish designer who lives in Norway. Rintala works in various countries and, at present, he is one of the pioneers of Nordic architecture. His work emphasises the interaction between the building and the environment.

Nathalie Lahdenmäki: keramiikkatuotteita / ceramic products
Valokuva/Photo: Nathalie Lahdenmäk

The ceramics on show in the exhibition are the work of Nathalie Lahdenmäki, who comes from the younger generation of ceramic designers. Lahdenmäki designs unique objects and groups of objects that are produced industrially. Arihiro Miyake is a Japanese designer who has studied in Finland and is inspired by an examination of the everyday. In his work he successfully manages to combine his own national traditions with Nordic design. Miyake has brought some of his own light fittings and some cutlery prototypes for the exhibition.

Paola Suhonen: Nyrkkeilysäkki / IvanaHelsinki
Valokuva/Photo: Teemu Hirvonen, Alvar Aalto -museo / Alvar Aalto Museum

Softer materials will be represented in the exhibition by the works of fashion designer Paola Suhonen. Suhonen is currently one of the best-known Finnish designers and has created her own ‘Fennofolk’ philosophy and style. Suhonen’s lively and zestful fashion prints, designed for the IvanaHelsinki and Nanso fashion ranges, have already become a concept. The sixth contributor to the exhibition is the Syrup Helsinki design team, which consists of two energetic and individualistic graphic designers, Antti Hinkula and Teemu Suviala. The work of Syrup Helsinki has aroused interest all round the world.

Mikko Paakkanen: medusa-valaisin / light fitting ”medusa”
Valokuva/Photo: Mikko Paakkanen

Arihiro Miyake: valaisimen prototyyppi / prototype for a lamp, 2006.
Valokuva/Photo: Teemu Hirvonen, Alvar Aalto –museo / Alvar Aalto Museum

The seminar chairman, Ilkka Suppanen, another designer, has been in charge of exhibition design.

The seminar and the exhibitions have received support from the City of Jyväskylä, the Ministry of Education, Senate Properties, Martela, the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Artek, the Asko Foundation, Iittala, Aero, Avarte, Tila, and Vepsäläinen.


For further information:

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For further information, please contact:
Information Officer Mirkka Vidgrén,  tel +358 (0)14 - 624 813,
Curator of Education Teija Isohauta, tel +358 (0)14 - 624 810,