Annual Rings: A New Generation of Wood Architecture in Finland

Our managing editor isn’t Finnish—he’s just getting started

02/17/2016 By Christopher Curtland

Last week I mentioned that I’ve relocated to NYC to better cover this global design capital, and that entails going to the fun events this city hosts. Hitting those happenings and seeing familiar faces has made it a pretty painless move thus far. Design has a unique way of uniting us and making us feel comfortable, especially in unfamiliar settings.

Full confession: I’m a journalist, not a designer. But I like to think that I’ve picked up a few tricks of your trade on the job, and that my bedroom in Astoria has a striking balance. It also is already beginning to feel like a home. I attribute that to the furniture I hauled cross-country: a leather chair in which I’m writing this, and also a wooden desk my dad built and I stained, two other wooden bookshelves, and a wooden bongo board (ride the timber, if you dare!).

Until I picked the belongings I felt I needed to bring with me, I never realized I had an affinity for woodworking, and I swear it’s not a contrived rugged, scotch-drinking “Ron Swanson” thing I’m going for. It’s the classic comfort it provides and how the pieces have always made my apartments feel like home.

So when I got an invite for this wood architecture exhibition last night, I thought I better check it out. It’s amazing that wood has been used for everything from chapels to multi-family housing in Finland, and the fact that the small-scale project displays look like they were made out of tiny Popsicle sticks was a nice bonus.

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