Good News from Mon, 09 July, 2012:

Finland's practical approach to design applauded

Helsinki as a World Design Capital has been portrayed positively in German and British media. Helsinki as a World Design Capital has been portrayed positively in German and British media.

Finland’s practical approach to design has been applauded by foreign media. Helsinki is this year a World Design Capital, and the city as a design destination has been featured most recently by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and British broadsheet Observer. The Deutsche Welle is describing Helsinki as a “designer’s paradise”.

The Finnish Broadcasting Corporation YLE has interviewed Jens von Larcher, a journalist with Deutsche Welle, and he was impressed by Finland's down-to-earth take on design.

— In Germany when you talk about design, it's about stuff for wealthy people who can buy expensive things. In Finland design is more a part of daily life than in Germany, he said in an interview with YLE.

The Observer journalist Justin McGuirk describes Helsinki as “a treasure trove” for anyone who is interested in design of the consumable variety, particularly for modernist classics. He is also impressed with the Lutheran Chapel of Silence which oval interior he describes as “a work of perfect craftsmanship”.

According to YLE, the Chapel of Silence has drawn nearly 40 000 visitors in its first month of opening. Designed by K2S Architects in Helsinki, the chapel design was awarded with the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2010.

www.yle.fi
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