Kärsämäki-seura unveils new logo
The winner of the Kärsämäki-seura logo competition has finally been chosen. The designer wishes to remain anonymous, but we hear he (she) earned himself (herself) a cool €100 with this bad boy. More info here.
Setting off on a space mission
Exciting news, readers! Our skilled team of highly trained rocket scientists here at the Kasper Stromman Design Blog Space Exploration Programme have at last put the final touches on the space vessel that will take us on our journey into deep space. As regular readers of this blog might remember this mission is necessary in order to look for a space probe that we lost on an earlier mission. ...
Top 3 Anne Pohtamo aerobic exercise records of the...
Anne Pohtamo was crowned Miss Universe in 1975. Ten years later she released a series of then popular aerobic exercise records, of which the two first ones entered the official charts. Here’s a top 3: 1. Aerojumppaa Annen kanssa, 1983 Leg warmers are all the rage this year, and music includes tracks by Boys Town Gang, Flirts and Riccardo Fogli. Leotard by KEA-GYMSPORT, Helsinki. 2....
Top 3 second hand trolls of Salo
“40 sm KORK. KARVAPEIKKO” €4,90 “MUSTA HATTU KIVIUKKO” X2 “VAALEA KIVITYTTÖ” €2,50 each “NENÄmuki” €2
Logo of the month: Kansallis-Osake-Pankki
Design Heikki Toivola, 1974.
Postcards from Finland #25
Vaasa - Vasa Maahantuoja: Foto Kurt Björklund ky: Vaasa
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Getting fit for the space mission
As our regular readers will know, the Kasper Stromman Design Blog is about to undertake a manned space mission in the near future in order to save the Kasper Stromman Design Blog Space Probe, which was lost earlier this spring somewhere in the proximity of Uranus. That’s why our chosen astronaut for the job, Kasper Stromman, is currently undergoing rigorous training in order to be in...
Best of Finnish art glass objects
Finland is renowned for it’s rich heritage within the field of glass art. Here’s a selection of beautiful objects from a bunch of Finnish glass lords: 1. Shapely vase After many years of trial and error king of Finnish art glass Bo Hager managed to create this perfect vase for a single lupin. In the 1980s many families used it to keep spaghetti in, but this custom has mainly died...
We need to talk about this car sponsorhip
You guys, we need to start talking seriously about this car sponsorship. Don’t know if you realize, but we’re already two weeks into June, so now would definitely be the time to start making arrangement for this sponsorship. Please hurry. firstname.lastname@example.org will be going through your applications. At the same time it goes without saying that we can’t be seen driving...
Olympic sugar cube tweezers of the month
This month’s Kasper Stromman Design Blog olympic sugar cube tweezers date back to 1940, and were manufactured to commemorate the summer Olympics of that year. “But wait a minute” we now hear you - the reader – shout out triumphantly. “The Olympic games of 1940 were cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II!” We are of course aware of this. And that’s exactly the reason why...
Top 3 Finnish periodicals of Costa del Sol, Spain
The Finnish community down at Costa del Sol, Spain, has been going strong since the 1960s. This community also publishes their own newspapers and magazines. Here’s a top three: 3. SE (Suomalainen Espanjassa) Free. Published nine times a year. Top news: a party went down in Torrevieja. There was dancing. In other news: King of Spain Juan Carlos fractures hip while hunting for elephants...
Anonymous asked: Dear kasper. A few years ago it became fashionable for women to dye their head with two polar colours, the most popular being the so-called "YO-cap style" with blonde at the top and dark at the bottom. The fashion soon spread across the country and still occurs widely from mother to daughter in Finnish towns. My question is: how long does it take for a hair trend to leave the country? Or...
Postcards from Finland #24
Luostarinmäen käsityöläismuseo, Turku Klosterbackens handverksmuseum i Åbo VÄRISUOMI OY / art-print oy, 1972
Introducing the Kasper Stromman Design Blog Deep...
As many of our regular readers will now the Kasper Stromman Design Blog launched a space probe earlier this spring with the mission to find design in outer space. We have subsequently lost contact with the probe, but have reason to believe it could be retrieved from Uranus by undertaking a manned mission. After a careful vetting process we have now chosen the astronauts who will undertake this...
Magazine of the month: Maailman hurjimmat hirviöt,...
The Kasper Stromman Design Blog magazine of the month is Maailman hurjimmat hirviöt (The world’s scariest monsters), which was published by Kustannusliike Sun Press in 1985. This is the first issue. In fact, to call this ‘magazine’ is actually stretching the concept a bit, since this is basically two double sided posters in a cardboard folder. There is a pair of 3D glasses included...
Where are all the avocado trees?
A couple a weeks ago we planted some avocado seeds in the backyard of the Kasper Stromman Design Blog Worldwide Headquarters backyard. This we did because we’re dangerous outlaw guerilla gardeners, but also since we like avocados. They’re the salmon of the plant world, you know. We figure our avocado trees should be sprouting handsomely by now – but problem is we have no idea what...
Postcards from Finland #23
PIKKU POPAT SIMASUU PAINETTU SUOMESSA PRINTED IN FINLAND
Anonymous asked: In my mind you are DESIGNER of the year! Kasper you rule! -Chris
Helsinki, we have a problem
As regular readers of this blog will know we here at the Kasper Stromman Design Blog launched our own Space Probe some time ago, with the intent of finding design in deep space. We are very dedicated to this project. After all, our mission from day one has been to expand the boundaries of the design world, and we have been more than thrilled about all the space footage the probe has been sending...
Book review: Munksnäs-Haga, 1915
This week we review the book Munksnäs-Haga. It was written by architect Eliel Saarinen and published in 1915. A hundred years ago the population of Helsinki was growing – still is – and Eliel was on the case. According to the latest numbers population was pushing 150,000 in the capital, and something had to be done. Houses had to be built. Perhaps in the Munkkiniemi/Haaga area? Nothing much...