The 1980s marked a new beginning in Finnish design. International postmodernism held a torch for freedom while challenging the esteemed tradition. As a result, the new post-war generation of designers ended up making the 1980s an energetic and highly creative era of which this book is a fantastic example. Finnish Industrial Design provides examples from the 6th Finland Design exhibition. The show, on display in Helsinki from 21 May to 9 August 1987, was organised by the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design in honour of the 70th Anniversary of Finland’s Independence.
Finnish Industrial Design presents new products from the fields of consumer goods, textiles, clothes, interior design, industrial design and technology, and graphics. The book opens with introductions by Tapio Periäinen, the managing director for the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design, and Esa Kolehmainen, design director.
Post-modernism rekindled the design debate and like a refreshing breeze brought fresh movement to the stagnant field of design. Culture generally, object culture also, is the mirror of its own era. Where Finnish design is concerned, however, certain common ideals have survived through the decades. Expressed in three words, these are – functionality, durability, beauty. I firmly believe that these ideals will continue to be the guidelines of our design during the 90s. After all behind these words lies the strength of Finnish design; the traditions of functionalism, a healthy national pride and the beauty of Finnish nature.
— Esa Kolehmainen in his introduction “Finnish design in the cross-current of international pressures”, p. 14,15.
The copy in stock is in good condition. The covers show some shelf wear, but the pages are clean and tidy. There are two original price tags on the back cover.