Re-interpreting Nature Finnish design exhibition

The Finnish design exhibition studies how Finnish design of the 2000s addresses interpretations of nature. It presents the ways in which designers perceive the ever-changing world around them. The dialogue of design and nature is changing. Do the themes of design, art and architecture still reflect the colours, patterns, rhythms and textures of the northern forests? The selected exhibits represent different perspectives on interpreting nature in the 21st century. Insight, conscience, essence, interface, surface and inter-urban are the perspectives for outlining and perceiving relationships with nature. The exhibition features one-off works of applied art along with products manufactured in series, technological innovations and new applications of traditional methods and materials.


A dialogue with nature has been a prime force throughout the history of Finnish design. In the early 20th century design actively referred to the motifs and metaphors of nature. During the 1950s and 1960s a reputation was established that is still valued and appreciated internationally and the beginning of the 21st century has introduced new currents in Finnish design. Rapid technological progress has made possible things that could not even be dreamed about ten years ago. Finland has become an international leader in technology, while the wilderness regions of Finland fascinate and attract growing numbers of tourists. 

Participating in the exhibition are, among others, Artek, Creadesign, Doctor Design, Durat, IVANAhelsinki, Marimekko, Secto Design, Valvomo, Verso Design, Vivero, Woodloop, Simo Heikkilä, Agneta Hobin, Maria Jauhiainen, Jukka Korpihete, Mikko Laakkonen,  Mikko Paakkanen, Anu Penttinen, Ritva Puotila, Paola Suhonen, Ilkka Suppanen and Janna Syvänoja – with some 60 products or concepts on show.

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Re-interpreting Nature Finnish design exhibition 
Date: 2nd to 25th October 2009
Place: Museum of Applied Arts
Address: 1093 Budapest, Üllői út 33-37.