The Big Apple Celebrates The Best of Finnish Art + Design

Kira Leskinen Ocho, 2016
Even though Finland boasts about 5.5 million inhabitants and is widely known as of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe, when it comes to design, the Finnish people make up for it in a big way.
Starting this weekend, The House of Finland will showcase its art + design know how by returning to New York City. During the exhibition, guests will experience highlights of the best of Finnish art, design, technology, and education. The exhibition is organized by The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce and Finnish Tech, Design and Art (FTDA), a non-profit organization that promotes Finnish creativity in all of its forms in the US. This year The House of Finland is also part of the Finland 100 Independence celebrations. The exhibition consists of four special events and a four day-long exhibit to honor the celebration. The events will take place at various locations throughout New York City between September 9th and 14th.
Marimekko is an exciting Finnish home furnishings, textiles, and fashion company based in Helsinki, Finland
Kira Leskinen Candor, 2016
The celebrations will start on Saturday, September 9th with an exclusive cocktail party that serves as the official kick-off for Finland’s 100th birthday. DJ Ronny Rex and a special guest performance by the transcendental pop musician, GEA known for her cascading, light and airy tone will highlight the evening, alongside innovative media and visual art displays by Oases from HEL, award-winning interior designer, Susanna Sivonen, and bold scenographer, Kira Leskinen. Actress Taina Elg, a two-time Golden Globe winner, will also send her greetings to the 100-year-old Finland. Guests will enjoy Koskenkorva drinks and hors d’oeuvre from Finlandia Cheese.

Marimekko designed a special commemorative design to celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence. The VELJEKSET pattern will be displayed on fabrics and pillows throughout the space, mixed with our iconic black & white prints and fall collection.

On Monday, September 11th, at 287 Gallery from 8 to 10 pm, the Marimekko event will open to the public at 8 pm with GEA’s Butterflies release gig. Attendees will see a live painting by Susanna Sivonen and an exciting preview of upcoming Finnish Fashion brands and designers, such as the vibrant Nordic beauty brand Lumene, among others.On Tuesday, the exhibition will focus on Finnish innovation. Finland is one of the world’s leading countries in education, game technology, and innovation.
For a full list of events and to buy tickets, visit: https://www.finland100nyc.com. The House of Finland’s four day-long exhibit takes places at 287 Gallery on 287 10th Avenue.

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