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Aalto University students are producing an exhibition to commemorate Finland’s 100-years of independence

As Finland celebrates its 100th year of independence, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture honors its roots in nature as part of Milan Design Week.

Aalto University students from the Department of Design are producing an exhibition — entitled NAKUNA  to commemorate Finland’s 100-years of independence at Milan Design Week April 4-9th, 2017

Helsinki, Finland - 8 February 2017 The forest is central to the Finnish identity — from the darkest moments of history to blissful moments of leisure and recreation, the Finnish forest has been standing tall, protective, nurturing and free for all to roam and enjoy. The forest, shaping so many of Finland’s cultural and culinary traditions, has also deeply chiseled Finnish self-perception and comprehension into a strong national identity built on democratic values and never ending technological advancement. 

NAKUNA (Fin. naked) represents the very essence of Finland.  It's a raw land of lakes, archipelagos, and forests where the nature and landscape are an intrinsic part of the spirit of the country and its people. With Finland now entering into its 100th year of independence, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture will present an exhibition at the Milan Design Week to honor that spirit.

The program revisits the Finnish ancestral connection to the forest as a source of food, emotional sustenance and technological ingenuity as well as a haven for peaceful reflection and contemplation. With its four installations IKKUNA (Fin. window), everyman’s right kiosk LAAVU (Fin. Lean-to) and MANIFESTI, the Nakuna exhibition takes its audience on a sensory journey through Finland’s historical development; its deep-seated values and attributes, all the principles which make Finland such a unique place. The exhibition exposes the core values of Finnishness and encourages people to be open, naked, and honest for themselves and for others; to metaphorically be naked — values that are particularly relevant today when the world shows its increasing turbulence.

The exhibition runs 4-9.4.2017. It is designed for everyone with interests in contemporary design, transparency, openness, honesty, naturality, pureness, humanity, and equality. The group of designers want to offer each visitor a unique, vibrant, sensory experience accompanied with tasty forest flavors directly from Finland.

For more information or press materials contact [email protected] or visit online https://cargocollective.com/nathalia/Nakuna-Exhibition

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