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The International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar will take place this weekend, August 27–28, 2016, in Jyväskylä. For the eighth time the seminar will provide a discussion forum and meeting place for design professionals from around the world. This year’s theme MAXIMAL I MINIMAL is a call for quality design.

The Alvar Aalto Design Seminar will feature talks on quality and responsibility in design work from twelve of today’s leading names in design and manufacturing.

Taking the podium will be: young London designer Max Lamb; 2016 Milano Design Award winner Hans Lensvelt; Japanese lighting guru Kaoru Mende – lecturing in Finland for the first time; and Johanna Vuorio, CEO of Nikari, known for its skill and expertise with wood. Also on the roster are Jonas Bohlin, Richard Hutten, Jouko Järvisalo, Cecilie Manz, Päivi Meuronen, Aimo Katajamäki, Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen.

The event will culminate in a joint exhibition by students from Finnish arts and crafts institutes and top designers at the Museum of Central Finland. During the spring and summer, the speakers and groups of students have worked on a design assignment to produce pieces of vertical furniture for storing books. The fascinating results of this collaboration challenge and revolutionize our conventional ways of thinking about bookshelves.

The seminar is produced by the Alvar Aalto Foundation. The City of Jyväskylä is its main collaboration partner.

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