Finnish Design: A Concise History

By Pekka Korvenmaa

Marimekko, Iittala, and other designers:ย In the late nineteenth century, Finland developed itself as a world leader in architecture. It continues to influence designers today. The country’s thriving design community has contributed significantly to the country’s economy and international identity. This beautifully conceived study examines the influence of Finnish modernism and its essential characteristics and presents outstanding contemporary design examples. This book extensively demonstrates how architecture works in the tension between art and business, serving and improving daily life through discussions of industry and culture, training and education, and designers and products. Numerous photographs, posters, and illustrations depict every conceivable element of Finnish design’s rich diversity.

About the Author

Dr Kjetil Fallanย is an Associate Professor of Design History in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo. He is the author ofย Design History: Understanding Theory and Methodย (Berg, 2010) and numerous journal articles, including theย Journal of Design History, Design Issues, Enterprise and Societyย andย History and Technology. His edited volumeย Scandinavian Design: Alternative Historiesย is forthcoming with Berg (2012). Fallan also serves on the Editorial Board of theย Journal of Design History.

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