Nokia x Gestalten: the essence & ambition of Finnish design

What makes the essence of Finnish design? Nokia Design and Gestalten collaborated to publish Out of the Blue. This book showcases Finland’s unique design culture, embodied by legendary figures (like Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala), heritage manufacturers (Marimekko, Iitalla, Artek, Nokia), and a new generation of chefs, explorers, makers, entrepreneurs…

Vitra Marries Artek

On September 6th, Vitra announced the acquisition of the iconic scandinavian brand Artek, founded in 1935 in Finland by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, art promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl. A match made in heaven, some will say. According to Rolf Fehlbaum, the son of Vitra's founders Willi and Erika Fehlbaum, “the Finnish design company is more than a collection of furniture; like Vitra it is a commercial-cultural project which plays an avant-garde role in its sector. For Vitra it is important that Artek can continue and further develop this role.” Artek will continue as a separate entity, the two companies will especially join their forces for manufacturing, distribution and logistics.

Masters of Design: maîtres aux enchères, Philips

La maison de ventes Philips de Pury & Company a réuni de rares pièces de designers comme Line Vautrin, Jean Prouvé, Max Ingrand, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Jean Royère, Serge Mouille ou Piero Fornasetti pour la vente aux enchères "Masters of Design" (les "maîtres du design"). Philips de Pury & Company auction house gathered a selection of rare 50 pieces by such designers as Line Vautrin, Jean Prouvé, Max Ingrand, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Jean Royère, Serge Mouille or Piero Fornasetti for their "Masters of Design" auction in New York.

Du design & des enfants: Century of the child, growing by design 1900-2000

Un siècle de design pour les enfants : à New York, le MoMA propose une inédite rétrospective de l'incursion du design dans l'univers de l'enfance au cours du 20e siècle - paradigme de la pensée progressive des designers. Le voyage fantastique débute avec l'ouvrage de la suédoise Ellen Key (théoricienne de la société qui prônait une réforme par le design), "Century of the Child", et remonte graduellement jusqu'à l'époque récente (LEGO, figurines Star Wars et autres ordinateurs portables pour les enfants). Plus de 500 objets (jouets et jeux, produits liés à la santé, mobilier, livres...) racontent l'histoire, illustrée d'objets parfois créés par des designers mythiques tels Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto, Alma Siedhoff, Gerrit Rietveld, El Lissitzky, ou Isamu Noguchi (plus d'images ci-après). A whole century of kids' design: in New York, the MoMA displays an extensive survey of 20th Century design for children -  a production that doubles as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. This mesmerizing journey  starts with Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key’s book Century of the Child, unfolding towards nowadays (think LEGO bricks, laptops, Star Wars artefacts); over 500 items (small objects, toys and games, health and therapeutic products, furniture, books) tell the story, sometimes designed by such mythical figures such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto, Alma Siedhoff, Gerrit Rietveld, El Lissitzky, or Isamu Noguchi (more pictures after the jump).