Better View is a roll-up black-out curtain by Finnish designer Elina Aalto of Fiasko Design. The perforated city views currently available are Shinjuku, Tokyo, and Kallio, Helsinki. Each piece is custom made by hand.
Better View is part of SAUMA [Design as Cultural Interface], a travelling exhibition produced by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. SAUMA (Finnish for "seam") presents 20 works of innovative contemporary design from Finland. True to the typically Finnish form-and-function tradition, SAUMA works explore usability, user experience and the design process itself.
SAUMA is at the Los Angeles Architecture and Design Museum till August 28, 2007, and will then move to Helsinki and Paris for 2008. By Tuija Seipell