The first issue of the magazine FAT Finnish Art Today was launched on Wednesday September 18.
The four-person collective behind the magazine includes curator Laura Köönikkä and Kasino Creative Studio’s Jonathan Mander, Tero Kartastenpää and Pekka Toivonen. According to Köönikkä, Finland has been lacking an art publication directed to international distribution. 244-page magazine aims to increase the publicity of up-coming Finnish artists.
FAT magazine is published by Kasino Creative Publishing, a publisher also known for the magazine Kasino A4. The second issue of FAT is published at Frankfurt Book Fair 2014.
Export Press is distributing FAT internationally. The magazine has been supported by The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
On September 6, 2013 Vitra acquired the Finnish company Artek.
A renowned design company founded in 1935 in Finland by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, art promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl, Artek was built upon the radical business plan to “sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” Artek has become one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, building on the heritage of Alvar Aalto.
“Vitra has held Aalto and Artek in high regard for decades,” explains Rolf Fehlbaum, a member of Vitra’s Board of Directors. “The Finnish design company is more than a collection of furniture; like Vitra it is a commercial-cultural project which plays an avant-garde role in its sector. For Vitra it is important that Artek can continue and further develop this role.”