The famous slogan by Thomas Watson, Jr., one the most successful and most influential businessman in the 20 century – “Good design is good business” – was pragmatically proved by the method of calculating design value that has been developed by Dr. Peter Zec and Burkhard Jacob at the Red Dot institute.
In the first interview of the series we’ve filmed in a World Design Capital – Helsinki 2012, Kari Korkman, the founder & director of Helsinki Design Week, talks about HDW’s beginnings and further developments.
The design world of the brothers Bouroullec is equally loved by users and numerous manufacturers who choose their unique language of design – functionality free of decorations, but nevertheless personalized with poetic details. Their sensual design modestly approaches the hearts of the users, made to enrich the primary living space of an individual.
Like an exclusive cruiser Hotel Lone is almost dramatically anchored in the Lone bay amid the century old Mediterranean forest park Golden Cape in Rovinj (Croatia). The surrounding atmosphere of the hotel was selected as the hotels’ signature visual element and has defined all aspects of the hotel’s interior. Maistra hotels have accepted daring concept of a design hotel from the architectural studio 3LHD, a concept which is in rather stark contrast to the generic architecture common among the tourist management.
Stefan Diez has become one of the key German designers by discovering new methods for product innovation, which brought him to the top of the design world. His masterly precision, functionality, logic and minimalistic aestethics are beneficial for the companies offering them unique windows for competitiveness.
He’s one of the rare designers whose work was recognized early in his career. Although he refuses to admit it, Harri Koskinen is one of today’s biggest Finnish designers. But, he rather prefers to give credit to the design teams in Finnish companies. A few years ago, Koskinen himself took the entrepreneurial plunge and launched his own brand Harri Koskinen Works.
Professor Sotamaa had a major influence on the Finnish University Reform in 2010 when a global precedent was set – the Aalto University was created through the merger of three leading universities in Finland: the University of Art and Design Helsinki, the Helsinki School of Economics and the Helsinki University of Technology. That is how the unique interdisciplinary University of Science and Technology Alvar Alto, that will educate experts for the future, was founded.