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Judith Davis
9mo New York, NY, United States Story
The House of Finland Returned to NYC for Exclusive Pop Up & Series of Events

The House of Finland exhibition returned to New York City to highlight the best of Finnish art, design, technology, and education. The exhibition is organized by The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce and Finnish Tech, Design and Art (FTDA), a non-profit organization that promotes Finnish creativity in all of its forms in the US. This year The House of Finland is also part of the Finland 100 Independence celebrations. The exhibition consisted of four special events and a four day-long exhibit to honor the celebration. The events took place at various locations throughout New York City between September 9th and 14th.

The celebrations started on Saturday, September 9th with an exclusive cocktail party that served as the official kick-off for Finland’s 100th birthday. DJ Ronny Rex and a special guest performance by the transcendental pop musician, GEA known for her cascading, light and airy tone will highlight the evening, alongside innovative media and visual art displays by Oases from HEL, award-winning interior designer, Susanna Sivonen, and bold scanographer, Kira Leskinen. Actress Taina Elg, a two-time Golden Globe winner, will also send her greetings to the 100-year-old Finland. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy Koskenkorva drinks and hor 'd oeuvres from Finlandia Cheese.

The House of Finland opened on Monday, September 11th with an exclusive Press Preview at 287 Gallery from 6pm-8pm, where guests enjoyed cocktails, hor d’oeuvres and receive goodie bags provided by Lumene. The evening opened to the public at 8pm with GEA’s Butterflies release gig. The music visualized by Kira Leskinen, who plays with abstraction of shapes using bold colors. Attendees also had the chance to view a live painting by Susanna Sivonen and an exciting preview of upcoming Finnish Fashion brands and designers, such as the vibrant nordic beauty brand Lumene, among others.

On Tuesday, the exhibition will focus on Finnish innovation. Finland is one of the world’s leading countries in education, game technology and innovation. The third highlighted event is Tech Tuesday Breakfast Talk on September 12th at 8:30am-11:30am. The world’s leading learning, edutech and data analytics companies will present their latest innovations: AvaDive gamified learning solutions, Leiki semantic analytics and Data Refinery — a data monetization platform launch. On Wednesday, the exhibition dives into unique Finnish fashion. On the morning of September 13th from 8:45am-10:15am, children’s fashion brand Reima and Visit Finland organized a children’s fashion themed breakfast event. Known for quality clothes for a colorful, active lifestyle, Reima promises both safety and sustainability in their designs that caters from infants to juniors.

Finnish fashion brands have been iconic throughout centuries, and most recently a new generation of fashion designers have started to command global catwalks. A fashion show produced by creative media agency FEDITEDon September 13th at 6pm features several unique, up and coming fashion brands CHAÎNE, Riikka Ikäheimo Couture and sustainable brands represented by such, as Uhana Design, Papu, MEM, Nouki, Jatuli, Mine Güngör, Kuula + Jylhä, Mori Collective and Shy Vibes Club.On the final day, the exhibition will tantalize the senses with Finnish art. The Finnish art scene takes influences from pure nature, and extreme forms of light and darkness the seasons provide. Finnish design is known for its architectural forms, simplicity and high quality. The event series closed with an art auction on Thursday, September 14th at 6pm-8pm.

“This will be FTDA’s fifth creative venture in NYC where guests will be able to see a dynamic display that represents the best of Finnish talent. The centenary celebration is open to everyone interested in Finland, our culture, innovation, art, way of life and people. It is an honor to be able to showcase the rich ideals of Finland in time for our 100th year of independence,” said Laura Avonius, Finnish Tech, Design and Art.

The House of Finland’s four day-long exhibit took places at 287 Gallery on 287 10th Avenue and for more information on the organization, visit their website.

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