On the concentration of good stuff in the hands of the few

"The rich get richer faster than the poor get richer.  This is because returns to capital are greater than the growth of income.  So over time inequality increases." - Thomas Piketty The economist and author Piketty has outlined how wealth is concentrated to a few and it got me thinking about design about how much of … Continue reading On the concentration of good stuff in the hands of the few

10 fabulously curious things about Tom of Finland and its creator

Touko Laaksonen (8.5.1920- 7.11.1991), the artist behind Tom of Finland, is one of the most notable internationally acclaimed Finnish artists. Say what you will about his art, it leaves no one untouched and in a way you either love it or hate it. For me it's just well made underground art, that's slowly making its … Continue reading 10 fabulously curious things about Tom of Finland and its creator

Finel – beautiful colorful enamel products from Finland

Finel is a trademark under which Wärtsilä and Järvenpää Emali sold enamel metal items such as bowls and pots starting in the early 1950s. At first the designs had to be bought from abroad but soon Wärtsilä's subsidiary company Arabia assigned well known designers to make new models. Designers such as Seppo Mallat (pots and … Continue reading Finel – beautiful colorful enamel products from Finland