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NORTHERN NATURE INSPIRES ARCTIC DESIGN

April 14, 2017

Arctic Design often highlights the simple and minimalistic beauty of the northern nature. From Europe's northernmost university, Lapland University, a diverse group of students created an interactive exhibition inspired by the northern nature of Finland, which just recently showcased their designs at Milan Design Week.

 

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The project called Vaana, meaning scarcity in the Sami language, showcases a combination of technology know-how and design expertise, providing an interactive Arctic experience. From the Ice Rug to the Breaking of the Dawn jacket and the Frozen Table, materials used to create the designs included wood, reindeer leather and wearable technology sensors.

 

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The Breaking of the Dawn Jacket, pictured above, is crafted from reindeer leather combined with an interactive system of sensors and thermochromic materials. Inspired by the nature of Finland, specifically the northern lights that illuminate the dark winter sky as well as the first rays of light that the spring sun gives, signalling the long winter months end. Its traditional appearance mixed with modern accents, gives a refreshing twist in the design.

 

copyright Vaana 2017

 

The Frozen Table exhibits interactive frost that comes to life by touching the surface of the table. Inspired by the frost and snow marked patterns of the winter landscape in the Arctic, this table is uniquely crafted from wood, light and transparent surfaces.

 

copyright Vaana 2017

 

Crafted from pure felt wool, sourced locally in Finland, The Ice Rug is inspired by cracking ice. Interactive in nature, this beautiful piece lights up the cracking ice pattern when touched.

 

 

To see more of the Vaana 2017 journey, you can follow their Facebook and Instagram.

 

Which Arctic inspired piece was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

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