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November 2017

ANNA RUOHONEN IS THE LATEST KAJ FRANCK DESIGN PRIZE WINNER!

Clothing designer Anna Ruohonen, currently residing in Paris, has been selected as the recipient of the Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2017. The prize jury specifically acknowledged Ruohonen's international success and her courage in reforming fashion business. Anna Ruohonen Paris is a made-to-measure collection where the garments are made only by demand and according to the measurements of a customer. The heart of the collection is the Black Classics selection which remains almost unchanging and which is seasonally complemented with new items and colours. The production is ecological as unnecessary garments are not made and classics are available year after year. The exhibition illustrating Anna Ruohonen's oeuvre and work is open at Design Museum Gallery in Helsinki until mid-January.

Photo: Liisa Valonen

Kaj Franck Design Prize 2017: Anna Ruohonen
10 November 2017–14 January 2018
Design Museum Gallery, Helsinki

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DIGITALIST DESIGN FORUM

This autumn, the biggest event combining digitalisation and design will take place on Thursday 16 November at Tennispalatsi, Helsinki. Among other topics, Digitalist Design Forum speaks about the comprehensive brand experience where the customer is the king and where design has a prominent role. The speakers come from the top of design-oriented businesses and the international keynote speaker is Bart Ahsmann from the Netherlands.

Digitalist Design Forum
16 November 2017, Tennispalatsi, Helsinki

ECODESIGN SPRINT TEAMS HAVE BEEN SELECTED!

Open call to EcoDesign Sprint program in September resulted in a set of great applications. In the selection of participating client companies, versatility and divergence were underlined; thus SME's from the food, building and textile industries were chosen. The client companies are Järki Särki Oy, Lumir Oy and Rockseri Oy. The matching design agencies are Pentagon Design for Järki Särki; Muotohiomo for Lumir, and Arctic Design Factory for Rockseri. The Sprint workshops of these teams will take place in December.

EMPATHY AND TECHNOLOGY

Empathy and technology are the topics of this year's last DESIGN FORUM talk event at the end of November. Will user-friendliness and engineering expertise exclude each other, or is there a common understanding to be found? The SLUSH Side Event speaks about man, values, communality, and innovations, among other topics.

DESIGN FORUM talk: Empathy and technology
28 November 2017 Kellohalli, Helsinki

DESIGNING FREEDOM

A large part of today's design, both visual and functional, has its origins in the sunny and broad-minded state of California. Apple, Google, IBM, film industry, surfing and skateboarding, highways and alternative movements have changed our lives profoundly. Design Museum's major exhibition presents and analyses the themes, phenomena and outcome of Californian design. California – Designing Freedom is a touring exhibition from Design Museum in London.

Image: Snap Spectacles, Steve Horowitz 2016, Snap Inc., Los Angeles

California – Designing Freedom
10 November 2017–4 March 2018 Design Museum, Helsinki