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‘DECEMBER’ chair by Jasper Morrison and Wataru Kumano for Nikari; photo by Chikako Harada

‘DECEMBER’ chair by Jasper Morrison and Wataru Kumano for Nikari; photo by Chikako Harada

The latest as well as the last of the 12 designs from Nikari’s year-long project DESIGNS FOR NATURE, which brought together some of world’s most renowned designers or design studios, who, each month, created a wooden product, this pared-down, minimalist chair was developed in a collaborative process between the famed English product and furniture designer Jasper Morrison and Tokyo-based Wataru Kumano. Made of ash and natural wood oil mixture, here’s what the creators of ‘DECEMBER’ say about its design: ‘”We talked about the pleasure in making things and the idea of a chair that could be bought in a box and built at home. Considering Nikari’s skill in wood work, we worked up the idea of a chair which could be made by following easy instructions…’ (more…)

Fri 14.9.

‘SEPTEMBER’ bar stool by Mikhail Barashkov for Nikari (FI)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 14.09.2012 - Tagged as: , , , ,

‘SEPTEMBER’ bar stool by Mikhail Barashkov for Nikari; photo by Chikako Harada

Continuing Nikari‘s year-long DESIGNS FOR NATURE project, the renowned Finnish wood manufacturer has just released the latest, ninth product from the series called ‘SEPTEMBER’. Designed by the Russian architect and designer Mikhail Barashkov, the understated bar stool is composed of a number of solid elm wood strips which form both the seat as well as the backrest of this elegant and simple design. (more…)

Thu 2.8.

‘Aura’ sofa by Mikko Laakkonen for Inno (FI)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 02.08.2012 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

‘Aura’ sofa by Mikko Laakkonen for Inno

Helsinki-based designer Mikko Laakkonen has realised this boldly-coloured two-seater sofa for the Finnish furniture manufacturer Inno. Due to be presented next month at the upcoming edition of Habitare design fair (12 – 16 September), the upholstered ‘Aura’ features a simple, exposed steel frame and a raised back for increased privacy. The design, which can also serve as a room divider, is available in multiple colourways. (more…)

Tue 15.5.

‘MAY’ chair by Simo Heikkilä for Nikari (FI)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 15.05.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

'MAY' chair by Simo Heikkilä for Nikari; photo by Chikako Harada

As part of Nikari’s year-long project DESIGNS FOR NATURE, which brings together 12 renowned designers or design studios, who, each month, create a wooden product, the renowned Finnish wood manufacturer has just unveiled the latest, fifth design ‘MAY’. Created by the Kaj Franck Design Prize 2011 winner, interior architect, designer and lecturer Simo Heikkilä, the beautifully simple and quintessentially Scandinavian ‘MAY’ has been developed in solid birch and it will be showcased between 30 May – 4 June in Paris during the ‘Designers’ Days’ at the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 exhibition ’1-2-3 Helsinki! Design en Seine’. Other designers working on the project include: Harri Koskinen, Martí Guixé, Alfredo Häberli and Jasper Morrison & Wataru Kumano who will team up for the December’s edition.

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Dragon Skin Pavilion by LEAD and EDGE, photo by Dennis Lo

A young Hong Kong and Antwerp-based architectural design and research practice LEAD and EDGE – Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research from Finnish Tampere University of Technology have joined their creative forces to develop this striking pavilion designed for the the 2011-12 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. Formed of a tight array of scale-like, overlapping bent plywood sheets, is took the team six hours to assemble the self-supporting Dragon Skin Pavilion which is on view until 23 April at Shenzhen Pavilion, Kowloon Park – Roof Garden 2, Hong Kong. (more…)

'Allas' candelabrum by Andreas Engesvik for Iittala

Oslo-based furniture and industrial designer Andreas Engesvik has collaborated with the world-famous Finnish tableware manufacturer Iittala to create this cast-iron ‘modern take on a traditional candelabrum’. Called ‘Allas’ – Finnish for ‘pool’ – the design is fittingly described by its manufacturer as ‘a pool of light’ – an effect achieved thanks to the six candles, each set at a different height, for which the candelabrum is intended for. (more…)

Wed 19.10.

Artist Retreat by 0 to 1 (US)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 19.10.2011 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Artist Retreat by 0 to 1 (US)

Tamara Petrovic and Garner Oh, the duo behind the New York-based architectural and design practice 0 to 1 have designed this angular ‘work / live’ Artist Retreat located in the southern Finnish town of Fiskars. (more…)

 

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One of the hottest design spots in cool Helsinki has got to be Alvar Aalto-designed Restaurant Savoy, which Architonic had the pleasure of reacquainting itself with last week during Helsinki Design Week.

 

Opening in 1937, the venue is a true Scandinavian-modernist ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’, with Aalto and his wife Aino responsible for the space’s ceiling and wall birch veneers, furniture and lighting. But by far its most famous detail is the ‘Savoy Vase’ (nowadays known internationally as the ‘Aalto Vase’), whose undulating glass form has become a highly recognisable, small-scale metaphor for Aalto’s work as a whole. Originally designed in 1936 for a competition organised by glass manufacturer Karhula-Iittala, the rights to the piece were acquired by the newly opened restaurant. (more…)

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