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NEW WAVE, the international Alvar Aalto Design Seminar, will bring together top experts in the field for the seventh time in Jyväskylä on August 24–25, 2013. This year, the Design Seminar will be chaired by one of Finland’s internationally best-known contemporary designers, Harri Koskinen.

Aalto sem. 13 logo pieniAt the Design Seminar six foreign and Finnish speakers will get a chance to consider how far the new wave will carry us, as seen from their own starting points. The soon-to-be-announced speakers and the seminar’s NEW WAVE theme all bear Koskinen’s signature.

“To our minds, the term ‘new wave’ combines the heyday of French cinema in the 1950s and 60s with the emergence of new-wave music and punk at the end of the 1970s. Both looked for uncompromising, experimental, boundary-breaking modes of presentation without regard to existing styles. NEW WAVE is now looking for the new wave in design,” is how Koskinen sums up his choice of seminar configuration.

The Alvar Aalto Design Seminar was set up as a discussion forum to keep alive the spirit of the functional and ecological design principles represented by Alvar Aalto. Since 1995, this triennial design seminar has alternated between The Alvar Aalto Meetings on Modern Architecture and the Alvar Aalto Symposium.

The event is arranged by the Alvar Aalto Museum and Alvar Aalto Academy. Previous design seminars have been chaired by prominent figures including interior architects Sari Anttonen and Simo Heikkilä and designer Timo Salli.

The language of the event is English.

The NEW WAVE website at

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Further information:

Alvar Aalto Design Seminar Producer Riikka Fagerholm,, tel. +358 41 466 4114,
Pink Eminence

Alvar Aalto Academy Director Esa Laaksonen,, tel. +358 50 555 7330,
Alvar Aalto Academy

Alvar Aalto Design Seminar Communications Annukka Pakarinen,, tel. +358 40 3559049,
Alvar Aalto Museum