Fun with Finns: Shipping Containers Full of Playful Finnish Design (video)



All photos and videos by Emma Alter

The streets of the meatpacking district in New York were full of shipping containers last weekend, presenting "new innovations from Finland with a focus on play and creativity as elementary forces in human life."

The exhibit lived up to its billing, full of interesting stuff, well presented by tall blonde people.


Tuomo Tammenpää builds interactive games.

Tammenpää collaborates with the British game designer Daniel Blackburn on electronically enhanced games and plays. The two are interested in combining the social and physical aspects of plays and board games with the computational possibilities of micro controlled electronics. In his artistic practice Tammenpää studies the use and misuse of everyday electronic devices in the context of demystification and democratization of technology. Hacking, modifying, circuit bending and utilizing the open hardware ideology provide the working tools for him in questioning the relationship between the electronic objects, consumers as users, and the industry.

Outo Wear & Gear Ltd


Ville Lahtinen crochets his own line of hats, and started his beanie business, Outo Wear & Gear Ltd, when he was 15. Oh, and the 22 year old also lectures about entrepreneurship in secondary schools and universities and has organized handicraft workshops for several institutions in Finland.

Lahtinen is interested in handicrafts in general but has chosen crocheting as his medium. He experiments with colors, patterns and models and uses different kinds of yarns to create unique designs. His beanies have been presented in a number of Finnish publications. So far Outo Wear’s biggest challenge has been to create 260 unique, individual beanies for the European Union Youth Conference.



The leading principle of the company is to unite design and recycling. The company collects plastic waste raw material in Scandinavia and turns it into high quality products using modern technology and flexible moulding systems. Durat also re-uses all of its own production leftover materials. Continuous development work is being done to expand recycling of plastic into new innovative products.

OK, but is this really green, or is it just mixing in a bit of recycled material for LEED points? We asked.

OK, he was pretty convincing, they take their sustainability seriously....


Although the Karim Rashid benches were a bit silly. More at Durat



Who in design doesn't love Marimekko:

established in 1951, is a leading Finnish textile and clothing design company with a mission to create beauty and joie-de-vivre for the everyday life. The company, famous for its original prints and colors, designs and manufactures high-quality clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags and other accessories. Today, Marimekko products are sold in over 40 countries – including a concept store in
Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Fun with Finns: Shipping Containers Full of Playful Finnish Design (video)
All photos and videos by Emma Alter

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