Posts tagged as 'Finland'
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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…)
'StixStix' lamp by Jaakko Hyvärinen; photo by Cian Brennan
The promising Finnish designer and Lahti University of Applied Sciences student Jaakko Hyvärinen has presented this adjustable desk lamp at a Lahti Institute of Design exhibition during Helsinki’s Habitare 2011. Called ‘StixStix’, the birch design is characterised by a simple, yet unusual, structure and an exposed, brightly-coloured textile cord. (more…)
'Luukku' chair by Satoshi Ohtaki
It might very well be due to our recent obsession with this book, but we couldn’t help but notice that this curiously-detailed ‘Luukku’ chair created by the Japanese-born architect, designer and the Aalto University School of Engineering student Satoshi Ohtaki is in fact, smiling.
Kaj Franck, Iittala Tupa 1948; photo by Rauno Träskelin
An exhibition celebrating the centenary of the birth and surveying the work of the renowned Finnish designer Kaj Franck is currently on view at the Designmuseo in Helsinki (15 June – 25 September). Spanning over four decades (from the 1940s to the 1980s) of Franck’s career as an artist, an industrial designer as well as a teacher of design, Kaj Franck – Universal Forms showcases an extensive body of work encompassing glass, ceramics, textiles, furniture and plastic and metal objects, including Iittala‘s famous and commercially successful ‘Teema‘ tableware line. (more…)
Four-cornered villa by Avanto Architects; photo by Anders Portman and Martin Sommerschield
This sustainable cross-shaped villa tucked away on an island near the Finnish town of Virrat has been completed by the Helsinki-based practice of Anu Puustinen and Ville Hara, Avanto Architects.
Quintessentially Nordic, the 78-square-meters house has no running water and is solely dependent on solar energy while the good insolation and wood-fueled heating system make the villa carbon-neutral. (more…)
‘U336’ pendant light by Jørn Utzon re-released by Artek
The classic ‘U336’ pendant light designed more than half a century ago by the Pritzker Prize-winning Danish architect Jørn Utzon has been re-released by the famous Finnish manufacturer Artek. The neutral white finish and shell-like structure of this 1957 lamp echo Utzon’s most famous project he designed in the same year, the Sydney Opera House. (more…)
'Meteor Ottoman' by Klaus Haapaniemi and Mia Wallenius for Established & Sons
Klaus Haapaniemi, the celebrated Finnish artist and designer, author of the playful folkloric print for the famous ‘Taika’ dinnerware series, has created this collection of whimsically printed accessories in collaboration with Mia Wallenius for the British label Established & Sons. (more…)
'Magika' by Kirsti Taiviola
The Finnish designer Kirsti Taiviola presented her new series of wall lamps at this year’s Salone Satellite in Milan. It is not the sober, technical looking body but the rather sophisticated, floral projections of the light arising from the precisely shaped glass bowls, which defines the beauty of this piece.