Cherry blossoms in Finland

It took four years to craft, but it was worth the wait. The design industry is cooing over this new collection, the love child of two design icons: Japanese fashion company Issey Miyake and Finnish home design brand Iittala's collaboration flaunts perfect organic shapes and delicate colors, mixing technologically innovative and traditional materials. Jeremiah Tesolin, Creative Director at Iittala, has lifted the veil for The LuxPad: "The topic of Iittala and Miyake Design Studio sharing the same values and mutual respect towards each other came up in the discussions between Iittala Design Director Harri Koskinen and Miyake Design Studio. We admire the work of Miyake Design Studio very much and we were thrilled when we got the response that the feeling and the willingness to collaborate was mutual. The discussions and the product development started from there and now, after four years, the collection is ready and launching."

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…

Janine Rewell x Minna Parikka

Helsinki-based Janine Rewell, a multi-awarded illustrator and graphic designer, imagined this ad campaign for Finnish shoe brand Minna Parikka SS14. The amazing bodypaint, replicating Rewell's design in the background, was executed by Saara Sarvas & Riina Laine (photography by Jonas Lundqvist)