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The Design Museum will reopen to the public on 1 June

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Design Museum’s main exhibition addresses the significance of travel in the work of Nordic designers.

Travel as a Tool – Nordic Designers on the Road considers the meaning of travel for the work of Nordic designers from the 1940s to the present day. Trips have been sources of new ideas and inspiration. They have created valuable contacts and new opportunities along with introducing designers to materials and manufacturing methods. Recent international events have now placed travel in a new perspective – the exhibition gives current news a point of reference in past decades – at a point in time before long-distance travel became an everyday matter.

Photo: Paavo Lehtonen

Type foundry Schick Toikka

Schick Toikka is a type foundry and design studio founded in 2010 by Florian Schick and Lauri Toikka. Operating in Berlin and Helsinki, the studio has become known for its timeless and inventive approach to typeface design. The Grafia Association of Visual Communication Designers in Finland gave Schick Toikka its Graphic Designer of the Year award of 2020.

Schick Toikka: Lyyra (2019)
Over the past decade, they have built a library of 9 retail typefaces, spanning 15 families and 125 styles. Photo: Schick Toikka

Design Museum’s collections exhibition Utopia Now can be even visited virtually. The exhibition is telling about the central role of design in the emergence of the Finnish welfare state. It features iconic pieces from the golden age of Finnish design of the 1950s, Nokia mobile phones and the Angry Birds game alike.

Travel as a Tool – Nordic Designers on the Road is open until 7th of March 2021. Schick Toikka’s Other Words on show in Design Museum’s Gallery until 23 August 2020.

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