- Brian Keaney of TonfiskDesign may be Irish, but his Finnish is flawless; he guides us through icecold Helsinki’s hot spots.
The 2010 Alvar Aalto Design Seminar focuses on the design process—something that does not show in the final product. Some questions that will be explored include: what goes into the design of an industrial product, how do we design durable high-quality products, and what is the role of art in mass production?
The seminar speakers include industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa from Japan, industrial designer Ross Lovegrove from the UK, designer Inga Sempé from France, professor and design consultant Hans Maier-Aichen from Germany, designer Monica Förster from Sweden, interior designer Simo Heikkilä from Finland and designer Clemens Weisshaar from Germany.
Invisible Exhibition will be opened at Design Museum just before the seminar. The exhibition will feature design classics created by the seminar speakers. The curator of the exhibition is Timo Salli.
- Design enthusiast and Alvar Aalto expert Juhani Lemmetti has transitioned his love of vintage Finnish furniture into a thriving furniture shop in Helsinki.
As part of The Architectural League's 2012-2013 Current Work program, a presentation of the work of significant international figures who influence contemporary architectural practice, Steven Holl will be featured on Wednesday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m. Holl was the recipient of the 2012 AIA Gold Medal and his major works include the Klasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland, and the 2003 Simmons Hall at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The lecture is co-sponsored with The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and will be introduced and moderated by Lebbeus Woods, Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union. Tickets for this event are free for League members and $15 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.