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In September 2023, I started a travel guide services professional degree program at Perho Liiketalousopisto (Culinary, Travel & Business Collage). It is a comprehensive hands-on course with a goal of becoming a certified hospitality industry guide. On this page, I keep a learning journal.
The photo of the Oiva Toikka illustrations on the Proffa facade is grainy because the weather was overcast on the first day. I will take another one on another day, and replace it with a sunny version.
August 24, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama
Artek 2nd Cycle celebrates Stool 60’s 90th Anniversary with the “Decades” exhibition
Today’s business discussion would not be complete unless it included sustainability, but was it so 90 years ago?
Three bent wooden legs, one flat circular seat and nine nails. Stool 60 (1933) is a minimalist, functionalist, original sustainable invention that has endured in longevity and durability.
In Japan, Artek Tokyo collaborated with Paris-based Japanese architect Tsuyoshi Tane, and created “Stool 60 Sleeping Beauty,” the 90th Anniversary limited edition.
Tane buried raw birch sections from Finland in soils collected from different sites in Japan. He achieved, after numerous experiments, three different hues, yellow, black and white, as wood’s fiber absorbed the unique minerals and compounds of the soils.
These limited editions are available at Artek Tokyo only.
August 15, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama
Paavo Tynell (1890 – 1973) was a metalsmith, internationally famed Finnish lighting designer, and co-founder and chief designer of Taito Oy, established in 1818 as the first industrial producer of lighting fixtures in Finland, with the goal of manufacturing objects from gold, silver, bronze, and iron.
Tynell’s lighting designs from the 1930s to 1950s are illuminating some of the most prominent public spaces in Helsinki to this day. Anyone can walk into these buildings right now to be awed by their sculptural beauty and be emotionally uplifted by the intricate light-shadow ambiance that fills the spaces.
May 31, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama
Aalto2 realizes Alvar Aalto’s vision of creating a forum for a variety of art forms: art and science, cultural environments, architecture and design
May 22, 2023 著・インタビュー 唐川 靖弘
May 26, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama
Is Spinnova the world’s most sustainable fibre?
Spinnova – 100 per cent natural, biodegradable and recyclable, with zero microplastics – is now being used by some of the world’s biggest apparel brands. Wallpaper* takes a look inside the brand’s new Finnish factory
May 22, 2023 Interviewer and Text Yasuhiro Karakawa
“Coming from a rainbow family, I wanted to see society where everybody could love whomever they wanted,” Sanna Marin, the Finnish Prime Minister