FINNOVATIONS – Independent Footwear Design by Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten

Internationally-acclaimed footwear designers Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten will join forces for a retrospective exhibition showcasing their works as two of Finland’s leading designers. At the 12 Star Gallery from 16 April – 2 May 2014.

The 12 Star Gallery shows work which celebrates the creative and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union.

The exhibition examines the common vision shared by two designers; a nomadic spirit, pure uncompromising design, Nordic inspiration but also an international approach. Having both graduated from world-renowned Royal College of Art and running their own successful labels for more than 10 years between them, the pairing of these two designers is the perfect way to showcase very different but yet similar approaches to Footwear design.

While Julia creates products for women that showcase and celebrate female power, Aki incorporates the female into his menswear range in subtle and different way, each giving the viewer a carefully curated and unique perspective on their Finnovations.

Aki Choklat is an international design professional and shoe designer. He not only runs his own footwear label, but also works as a trend and design consultant for numerous companies, and lectures at Polimoda in Florence, Italy.

Julia Lundsten
She made a name for herself as a most promising and gifted shoe designer, with her label FINSK, launched in 2004. London based, Finnish born Lundsten, who has been dubbed the Eames of footwear, has established herself as a designer with a strong vision and unique, directional style. Lundsten’s unique, modern designs are avant-garde yet supremely wearable.

Organised by the Embassy of Finland in London.

16 April – 2 May 2014

12 Star Gallery, located at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London and shows work which celebrates the creativity and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday.