Signals is the official trend exhibition at Habitare, the leading event for furniture, interior decoration and design in Helsinki, Finland 09-13.9.2020

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

Last year the theme for Habitare was

TOGETHER

Humans are social animals. We need each other to survive. Empathy has helped us to survive. We only have chances to tackle our big global challenges from circular economy to sustainable development if we join our forces, even with our competitors.

The exhibition has four themes, each of which forms their own separate world. In 2019 the themes were:

THE ILLUSION OF TIME

 

Time flies but a watched pot never boils. Time is relative. We are often in a hurry and it is true, that we don’t have much time to get e.g. the climate change under control. But a sense of urgency doesn’t always mean that there is a real need to rush. Not having enough time is a common belief in modern life. It is usually an illusion. Home is a place where we calm down.

 

How can we make our homes havens of no rush?

WATER – A SOOTHING NECESSITY

 

Water is an essential part of our lives, more so than we think. Most of the human body is water. It has been estimated, that there will be shortage of fresh water in the future. This has created new business opportunities. Watching water has a calming effect.

 

How is water visible and present in our homes?

EMPATHY & EMOTIONAL DATA

 
Our emotions influence our decisions but we are good at fooling and convincing ourselves that we base them on rational thinking. Emotional intelligence and empathy are needed more and more now that much of our communication is digital. Without eye contact there is a big chance for misunderstandings. The importance of sound for communication has gained attention recently. Connection is vital for our welLbeing.
 
What kind of home creates and awakens positive feelings and encourages connection?

IN THE BUBBLE

 
We look at the world from our own subjective perspectives and tend to consider our views as the objective truth. It is surprisingly difficult to understand people with totally different values and mindsets. Diversity is wealth, however. We live in a polarized world but fortunately also open-minded discussions have been conducted all over the world.
 
Round, bubbly shapes have found their way into homes.

SIGNALS 2019

Signals

Trend Exhibition

is looking for innovative future oriented

business partners for 2020.

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

HANNA TUOMINEN

hanne [at] ennetool.com

+358 40 735 5083

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