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Pond hockey, a self-rising chair and the world’s most innovative companies

Turku Art Museum exhibits the striking photographs of Senegalese contemporary artist Omar Victor Diop until 22 May 2022.

Omar Victor Diop MAGNIN-A, Paris

It has been a good week for academic research in Finland. Researchers at universities in Helsinki and Tampere have been awarded several multimillion-euro grants by the European Research Council. Furthermore, Fortum has created a chair that picks itself up, and the biggest stage in the Nordics built for dance has opened in Helsinki. Click on any photo and take a look at recent creativity from Finland.

Adidas continues its collaboration with Marimekko with a new spring-summer activewear collection. According to Hypebae, the Finnish lifestyle brand’s vibrant Unikko floral print features on onesies, tank tops, tracksuits and training tights. (Photo: Marimekko)

Fast Company has picked three Finnish ventures to its most innovative companies lists. Radar satellite imaging specialist ICEYE features among the ten most innovative companies from Europe, Middle East and Africa, while the world’s largest renewable diesel producer, Neste, made it to the most innovative social good companies list. In addition, Gold&Green Foods was named one of the most innovative food companies thanks to its success in turning oats into high-protein meat alternatives. (Photo: Iceye)

The European Research Council has awarded several multimillion-euro grants to Finnish researchers. The University of Helsinki’s Tuuli Toivonen and professor Mikko Voutilainen will each receive two million euros for research in digital geography and particle physics, respectively. Pekka Katajisto was granted 2.6 million euros for his work on stem cell biology, and another two million euros went to the Tampere University’s Olli Pyyhtinen for his sociological study on waste. (Photo: Jonne Renvall / Tampere University)

Finland’s first landmark dedicated to dance opens its doors. Dance House Helsinki is located inside a former 1940s cable factory and houses the biggest stage in the Nordics built specifically for dance. Designed by JKMM Architects and ILO Architects, the project’s architecture “plays with illusions of lightness and heaviness,” writes Designboom.(Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo)

ScanMagazine features two Finnish events in its Scandinavian Culture Calendar for March 2022. The Sustainable Colour exhibition explores dyeing trends at Helsinki’s Design Museum, while Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop’s works are shown at Turku Art Museum. (Photo: Omar Victor Diop MAGNIN-A, Paris)

Europe’s most prominent TV series festival, Series Mania, showcases upcoming Finnish dramas. Variety highlights 11 series to keep track of, from the “Black Swan” of skiing to horror for children. (Photo: Söder Films)

Energy company Fortum has designed a “self-rising” chair. The Virén chair can pick itself up without the assistance of robotics. It is aptly named after Finnish runner Lasse Virén, who fell in the middle of the 10 000-metre final at the 1972 Olympics but got back up and won gold. Fortum hopes the chair will promote the use of recycled plastics, writes Designweek. (Photo: Fortum)

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Buttler joins forces with Apocalyptica. The famous bassist makes a guest appearance on the Finnish heavy metal band’s new single, I’ll Get Through It. Listen to the track on Metal Insider. (Photo: Facebook / Apocalyptica)

A Helsinki-born pond ice hockey tournament has raised money for climate change awareness since 2015. Now the Save Pond Hockey format has expanded to Canada, where the first tournament will take place in Hay River. While the tournament is open for everyone, it has attracted NHL players and even the Finnish president to take part in Finland. The Globe and Mail has the story. (Photo: Marko Seuranen Photography)

A Helsinki-based supermarket creates a sensory shopping experience with Genelec speakers, writes AVNetwork. The store, K-Supermarket Hertta, has installed 24 loudspeakers from Genelec’s 4000 series and eight fragrance machines to generate a complementary combination of sound and scent. The setup uses soundscapes from sound designer Aki Päivärinne. (Photo: Genelec)

By: Eeva Haaramo