On 4 January, a new design gallery will open in Helsinki, with plans to show 12 design exhibitions in 2012, covering both ceramics and craftwork, as well as furniture and conceptual design. The Design Gallery 12 premises are located within the Helsinki Design Museum.
The first show from 4–29 January - Finnish Design Unwrapped – consists of photographs by Jani Kaila capturing 19 contemporary Finnish designers in a wide variety of everyday contexts: at work, at home, at leisure, or in places they draw inspiration. “My intention was to understand how designers work and relax; where they get their ideas from. It was important to maintain a natural atmosphere, as free as possible for them,” Jani Kaila notes.
Within the portraits, a distinctive place has been allocated to the items cherished by the designers, which the photographer has strived to capture as vividly as possible, so that their distinguishing qualities may be read instantly. Finnish-born photographer Jani Kaila lives and works in London. His works have gained wide acclaim and been printed in esteemed publications, including The New York Times. TheUnwrapped exhibition was also shown at the London Design Festival in autumn 2011. For information on other Design Gallery 12exhibitions, please see the WDC Helsinki 2012 website.
The exhibition takes place in Helsinki as the World Design Capital 2012, read more here.