Signals – Finland’s Interior Design and Trend Exhibition

Signals is the official trend exhibition at Habitare – Scandinavia’s leading event for furniture, interior decoration and design – that explores future trends and signals in interiors, living, lifestyle, and design. The multi-sensory exhibition curated by trend analyst Susanna Björklund and designer Sisse Collander, walks visitors through different rooms, where sociological phenomenons, science and mega trends are explored. The themes together with their contexts, provoke the visitor to look at trends not just for fashion and interiors, but for the wider world too, reflecting on how they apply to society and everyday life.

Community and sustainable development are more present than ever in interior design, as well as the urge to make home a place for peace and rest. According to studies, most people don’t rest at home, but go out to nature for this purpose, as our homes have become a platform for performing house chores and jobs as more people work from home.

The themed rooms of the Signals exhibition, were yet again, full of inspirational details and thought-provoking underlying contexts. This year the rooms examined themes were ‘Together’, ‘The Illusion of Time’, ‘Water, The Oldest Medicine’, ‘Empathy and Emotional Data’ and ‘We All Have Our Own Bubbles’.

 

Together

 

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Signals Habitare Interior Nordic

 

No one manages on their own; people are basically social animals. Our culture of helping out our neighbors has supported us for a long time. Only together will it be possible to solve major challenges, including in the circular economy and sustainable development.

 

The Illusion of Time

 

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Time can fly or drag, depending on our perspective. We are all in a real hurry to take part in combatting climate change. As individuals, we tend to create a sense of urgency for ourselves, whether it is real or not. How can we make the home an oasis of tranquillity?

 

Water, The Oldest Medicine

 

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Water is more present in our lives than we think. People are mostly water. It is estimated that in the future there will be a shortage of freshwater and that new business will emerge around it. Watching water calms us down. How is water present in our homes?

 

Empathy and Emotional Data

 

Signals Habitare Interior Nordic

Signals Habitare Interior Nordic

 

We make most decisions based on emotion. We need more and more emotional intelligence and empathy. Without eye contact in digital communication, we are more likely to misunderstand each other. The audio aspects of communication are likely to become more important. What kind of home awakens positive emotions and encourages us to be present?

 

We All Have Our Own Bubbles

 

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Signals Habitare Interior NordicImages courtesy of Mira Luhtala – Featured image courtesy of Maija Astikainen

 

We each look at the world from our own subjective starting point and consider that to be the truth. It is surprisingly difficult to understand people whose life situations or values are different. Fortunately, we see diversity as enriching our lives, and open-minded debate is taking place across Europe. Soft shapes have found their way into our homes, as a reflection of our values.


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