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Lisn to Finland: Seven Designers - One Sense
by Lisn
2007-09-11 09:37:17
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Albeit geographically distant, Japan and Finland have always taken a great mutual interest in the culture of the other. During the autumn of 2007, these two cultures will have an encounter titled as “Lisn to Finland, Seven Designers – One Sense”.

The project brings together the refined culture of Japanese incense and the forefront of contemporary Finnish design. The both have been built on the strong legacy of the past generations, but are definitely and relentlessly targeting the future.

There are three partners, which have now joined forces in creating an aesthetic expression based on the marriage of tradition and future. Shoyeido Corporation was established in Kyoto in 1705, and has been developing a contemporary fragrant lifestyle concept called Lisn since two decades. Hilvo da Silva Co, a company located in Helsinki is in charge of the Lisn brand in Finland, and Huippu Design Management is the representative of the seven participating top Finnish design offices.

The seven design offices, namely Company (Aamu Song & Johan Olin), Harri Koskinen, Ilkka Suppanen, Lustwear, Naoto Niidome, Pentagon Design and Syrup Helsinki were commissioned to design an incense related object based on their own vision and the free choice of material.

The Shoyeido representatives have worked closely with the designers. Carefully selected proposals are produced into prototypes and the results of this cooperation will be displayed for public in three exhibitions during September-November 2007 in Helsinki, Kyoto and Tokyo. The venues for these exhibitions are highly reputed and respected in the design world, and each one of the exhibitions will take place during a major international design event.

Integrating the ideas and creativity of the Finnish designers into the Lisn brand, and displaying the results of the cooperation both to the great public and the prominent professionals, offers a lucrative potential for any business interested in the affluent Japanese market. The Finnish company SAAS Instruments, which specializes in the state-of-the-art LED technology, has already joined in as well as Oz Jewels, a Finnish jewellery shop specialising in modern gold and silver jewellery.

The World of Scents – Lisn

In Japan, sensing a fine fragrance is referred to as ‘listening’ instead of ‘smelling’, thus giving the name to the brand Lisn. In addition to the 150 different kinds of sophisticated scents, Lisn also caters to design enthusiasts by offering a diverse collection of incense holders and burners and other incense related objects, created by contemporary Japanese designers and artists. The objects incorporate the functionality of the contemporary industrial design and the present day aesthetics.

Please, also refer to the article in Sunday 8 July New York Times Travel Section.

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Seven Designers – One Sense
Touring Exhibition Helsinki – Kyoto – Tokyo

10 – 29 Sept 2007
Lisn Helsinki
Tarkk’ampujankatu 4, Helsinki

Helsinki Design Week 14 – 23 Sept 2007

25 Oct - 14 Nov 2007
Gallery shin-bi
COCON Karasuma, 3rd Floor
620 Suiginyacho
Karasuma-dori Shijo-sagaru
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Gallery shin-bi will be one of the venues of Cumulus International Design Conference in Kyoto in March of 2008. During the autumn of 2007 a series of pre-events of Cumulus 2008 will take place at the gallery, which is run by Kyoto Seika University.

27 Oct - 04 Nov 2007
Axis Gallery
Axis Bldg. 4th Floor
5-17-1 Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo
Axis is one of the most important centers of design in Japan with its museum, galleries, shops and publishing activities.

Tokyo Designer’s Week 31 Oct – 4 Nov 2007
100% Design 31 Oct – 4 Nov 2007

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