Finsk design i Bryssel

30/09 > 13/10
PEKKA OF FINLAND – CONTEMPORARY ILLUSTRATION FROM THE LAND OF BOOZE AND BLONDES
RECYCLART
The festive opening of the exhibition coincides with the closing event of Design September, bringing together its participants and audience. An event not to be missed.
Illustrators Janine Rewell and Lotta Nieminen talk about their work on 5 October at 8.30 pm at Recyclart. Entrance to the event is free.
“Illustrators are the new ambassadors of Finland. Bend over old designers.”
“Finland has been known for its designers in the past, and to be honest we’re still riding the fame of the Scandinavian design legends, such as Alvar Aalto, Eero Aarnio, Tapio Wirkkala, and Eero Saarinen.
Everyone has been waiting for a new wave of Finnish designers to come and continue the legacy. Yet, […] we haven’t seen any big international breakthroughs, but perhaps we’ve been looking into a wrong direction. There’s now a new school of illustrators and graphic designers that are making a name for Finland internationally.”
Grafia, the Association of Professional Graphic Designers in Finland, conferred the title of the Graphic Designer of the Year 2011 on Agent Pekka. In October, Recyclart in Brussels will host an exhibition titled Pekka of Finland – Contemporary Illustration from the Land of Booze and Blondes that brings forth ten of the top international illustrators from Agent Pekka’s team: Lotta Nieminen, Inka Järvinen, Sanna Mander, Rami Niemi, Janine Rewell, Pietari Posti, Minni Havas, Sac Magique, Ville Savimaa and Antti Uotila.
In addition to the illustrators’ work the exhibiton will feature a “pop up shop” where visitors can purchase other works by the artists.
“Interestingly, where Scandinavian products and furniture design was clean and simple, the new illustrator school goes all out with colors, shapes, and boldness of interpretation – and they haven’t gone unnoticed.”
Quotes: entrepreneur & specialist Sami Salmenkivi’s blog, May 2010
The exhibition is organised by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, design agency Werklig, Agent Pekka and designer Lauri Johansson.  In collaboration with Recyclart and Design September. With support from the Finnish Embassy for Belgium and Helsinki EU Office.
The exhibition is part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.
Recyclart, Rue des Ursulines 25, 1000 Brussels. Open on 4-5-6-7-11-12-13 October between 10 am and 5 pm. Free entrance. Opening event on 30 September at 9 pm, followed by a party at Recyclart from 12 midnight. The festive opening of the exhibition coincides with the closing event of Design September, bringing together its participants and audience. An event not to be missed.

The exhibition is organised by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, design agency Werklig, Agent Pekka and designer Lauri Johansson.  
Interview requests : Agent Pekka, Pablo Steffa : pablo@pekkafinland.fi. Additional information and images : www.pekkafinland.fi/pof

3 thoughts on “Finsk design i Bryssel”

  1. Oj, det här satt jag på tidsinställd publicering för att inte glömma bort evenemanget. Det kändes lite onödigt, men med tanke på hur förvånad jag blev över att hitta det här nu var det nog en bra idé. Hoppas jag hinner dit, förra helgens utställningar blev det inget med.

  2. Har inte kommenterat på din nya blogg tidigare – passar nu på att önska dig och familjen lycka till i den nya tillvaron. Hoppas det är en dröm som blivit sann.

    Jag ser i högermarginalen att det är 15247 dagar sedan jag uppdaterade min blogg, alltså nästan 47 år.Tänk vad tiden går, det känns som det vore igår.

    1. Det verkar inte som om vi lever i samma tidszon. Tack för välgångsönskningarna, än så länge går det riktigt bra för oss!

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