Signals has been the official trend exhibition at Habitare, the leading event for furniture, interior decoration and design in Helsinki, Finland since 2015.

Signals trend exhibition focuses on the future trends and weak signals of interiors, living, lifestyle and design. The phenomena are mirrored through larger megatrends and societal changes. Signals is curated by Susanna Björklund and Sisse Collander, and it is part of Ahead!, the design area of Habitare.

Signals has gained prominent media attention internationally and in Finland

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Signals 11.—15.9.2019

The theme for Habitare 2022 was

Genuine and Meaningful

It has been said that time of creativity and innovation will flourish after crisis and chaos. We agree.

The party is over, but let’s make the most of everyday life! We must rethink our values and make the most of what matters. Signals always focus on positive, human-centred changes, innovations and phenomena around us.

The exhibition has three themes, each of which forms its own separate world. In 2022 the themes were:

MAGIC

 

Nature is part of our lives and our humanity. In the urbanizing world and during exceptional times the meaning of nature is highlighted. We haven´t really changed as humans since the Stone Age. We need untamed nature and a bit of magic in our lives. The new luxury is diverse. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Home should have irrational elements that make us feel good.

GENUINE AND MEANINGFUL

 

Many of us have had to rethink our values. Amongst all other uncertainties of our time, climate change demands heavy actions from everyone. What is meaningful now? Genuine things, hand-crafted products, long-lasting quality classics and transparency of the people behind the products feel good. How are values reflected in your home?

SAFETY

 
The sense of being safe can be psychological, physical or both. In light of recent years, the meaning of safety has become essential. The meaning of home as a haven is highlighted more than ever. Products with a history and a story behind them grow roots in us. Colours, rich textures and cosiness bring warmth to homes. What kind of home emphasizes wellness and calms you down?
 

SIGNALS 2022

SIGNALS 2019

Signals

Trend Exhibition

is looking for innovative future oriented

business partners.

The proportion and depth of the co-operation is personally tailored to reflect the needs and preferences of each company.

Contact

Trend Analyst / ENNE

SUSANNA BJÖRKLUND

susanna [at] ennetool.com

+358 500 770 690

SISSE COLLANDER

sisse.collander [at] ennetool.com

+358 50 5168 577

SIGNALS 2018

Theme for 2018

ROOTS

Signals Habitare 2018
Signals Habitare 2018
Signals Habitare 2018
Signals Habitare 2018

SIGNALS 2017

Theme for 2017

TOMORROW’S HOME

SIGNALS 2016

Theme for 2016

OPEN THE DOORS!

Comfortable Chaos

Home is alive and creates mess, both physical and mental. What makes a home home? Does incompleteness bring peace of mind, or does it irritate?

Comfortable Chaos

Home is alive and creates mess, both physical and mental. What makes a home home? Does incompleteness bring peace of mind, or does it irritate?

Inhouse Love
Love lives inside us.

What does a home filled with love look like? Are passion and sexuality visible at home? What is public, what is private?

Inhouse Love
Love lives inside us.

What does a home filled with love look like? Are passion and sexuality visible at home? What is public, what is private?

Combined Roots

Stories, roots and history attach us to a place, space and time. What makes old old? Does old have to be old? The world changes fast, do people and their behaviour change?

Combined Roots

Stories, roots and history attach us to a place, space and time. What makes old old? Does old have to be old? The world changes fast, do people and their behaviour change?

Design, Art or Both?

Design is exhibited through art. Boundaries between design and work are blurring. What is design anyway? Experience economy and personalisation economy are here. Will beauty and aesthetics grow more important?

Design, Art or Both?

Design is exhibited through art. Boundaries between design and work are blurring. What is design anyway? Experience economy and personalisation economy are here. Will beauty and aesthetics grow more important?

SIGNALS 2016 MEDIA

10

 

Signals was seen in over ten different online articles.

50

 

Several bloggers wrote about the exhibition. Signals was brought up in at least 50 different posts, of which over ten were from outside of Finland.

1000

 

More than 1000 pictures were posted on social media about Signals.

TV

 

Signals was featured many times in the Finnish print media. Additionally Susanna Björklund talked about the future of design regarding Signals in television and on the radio.

SIGNALS 2015

In Between

Interesting things happen in the in-between spaces and places. The boundaries between craft and design have blurred, and the field of design is becoming wider and more complex. Our idea of work is in turmoil, and the sharing economy as well as networks are here to stay.

In Between

Interesting things happen in the in-between spaces and places. The boundaries between craft and design have blurred, and the field of design is becoming wider and more complex. Our idea of work is in turmoil, and the sharing economy as well as networks are here to stay.

Simplify

With the constant sensory overflow, people want a simpler life. Less is more. Design is insight driven; the focus is on the absolutely essential. Social design is a world-saving tool.

Simplify

With the constant sensory overflow, people want a simpler life. Less is more. Design is insight driven; the focus is on the absolutely essential. Social design is a world-saving tool.

Positive Psychology

Cherish the moment. Surround yourself with aesthetically pleasing things. Do good and feel good. Previously, luxury products were required to be perfect, but we now want to see the marks left by life in them. New innovations rise from courage and a positive mindset. Ethical design has a broader context.

Positive Psychology

Cherish the moment. Surround yourself with aesthetically pleasing things. Do good and feel good. Previously, luxury products were required to be perfect, but we now want to see the marks left by life in them. New innovations rise from courage and a positive mindset. Ethical design has a broader context.

Deep

Culture has deep roots. Design gets inspiration from history and emotions, while also looking ahead. During uncertain times and economic turmoil, people want their home to be their haven. Ethical design has a broader context.

Deep

Culture has deep roots. Design gets inspiration from history and emotions, while also looking ahead. During uncertain times and economic turmoil, people want their home to be their haven. Ethical design has a broader context.

SIGNALS 2015 MEDIA

The 2015 Signals exhibition raised major interest among visitors and the international press. The highly esteemed international design “bible” Wallpaper featured Signals in an online article: Societal design: Susanna Björklund’s inaugural ‘Signals’ installation at Habitare

 

Wallpaper Magazine

Societal design: Susanna Björklund’s inaugural
‘Signals’ installation at Habitare