Each Mother’s Day my family encourages me to spend the day doing whatever sounds fun and relaxing. Usually that involves getting out into the garden and planting flowers, but this year’s cool, wet spring put a damper on those plans. So instead we made a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to take in “Finland: Designed Environments,” a lovely new exhibition focusing on 21st-century creations—including furniture, fashion, architecture, and even bicycles. The exhibition isn’t a big one, but it provides a great crash-course in the practical, understated elegance that has made Finnish design so distinctive and influential across so many creative fields. The exhibit runs until Aug. 17 and is free, so it’s easy to fit into a quick visit, or as a special bonus if you’re planning to see another of the museum’s exhibitions.
I particularly loved the “Palikka” stool by Tapio Anttila, pictured here. Check out a slideshow of objects from the exhibition here.