Finland and Japan, two countries that are considered outsiders on their continents due to their locations, their natures, their languages, and their approach to aesthetics, color, forms, and simple solutions. Without a doubt, parallels can be found – all that’s required is a close look and a will to see the similarities. “Finns and Japanese understand each other, even when they don’t understand a word of the other’s language,” stated the Finnish musician Mauri Antero Numminen. Tex Rubinowitz is also a fan of both countries. At the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, he will draw parallels between Japan and Finland as no other can. The talk will be supported by the Finnish furniture manufacturer Artek, which launched a Friendship Collection this year to commemorate a century of diplomatic relations between the two countries.