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VERANDA

Veranda is designed by Samu-Jussi Koski together with Nikari for artist Tove Jansson.

 

Samu-Jussi Koski

Samu-Jussi Koski is the founder and Creative Director of Samuji. 
Koski holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland, and a Master’s Degree in Fashion Design from the Polimoda Fashion School in Florence, Italy. 
Before establishing his own label, Koski worked for the major part of his career at the Finnish textile house Marimekko, where he started as an Assistant Designer in 2003. Two years later Koski was promoted to Fashion Designer and he began to design collections carrying his own name under the Marimekko brand. Koski’s vision was well received, and in 2008 he became the Creative Director of the company.
In 2009, Koski moved on to start Samuji with the ambition to pursue a variety of creative projects. He began on his own but soon gathered a team of creative minds to help him with art direction, production, marketing, sales and finance. The first Samuji womenswear collection was launched in spring 2011. 

 

Nikari

Nikari is a Finland-based wood design studio and furniture manufacturer. Established in 1967, our first years were marked by close collaboration with masters of Finnish architecture and design, such as Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck.

 

Tove Jansson

"I chose Tove Jansson.

As a kid, I used to love The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My. After that one I of course read all the other Moomin books, which I loved even more. As an adult I realized what a great painter Tove was, and The Summer Book is one of the most beautiful books ever written. Also, her atelier on Ullanlinnankatu represents the archetype of an ideal studio space.

Tove herself describes her atelier like this: ”A huge decorative Art Nouveau stove and a comical old door with red and green glass windows. An atelier that one can spend a lifetime embellishing. And then next to it, there is an asymmetrical whitewashed room where I can keep all my womanly things; all soft, playful, decorative and personal stuff. Under the ceiling, there are two windows.”
 

Nikari, Tove and I fit well together. We all like simple, genuine and beautiful things."

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DINING

ROOM

Dining room is designed by Aalto+Aalto together with Iittala for the artist Sasha Huber.

 

Aalto+Aalto

Aalto+Aalto is the Helsinki-based design office of Elina and Klaus Aalto, working with products, spaces and exhibitions. Their aim is to create special everyday objects with a strong identity and story. They are inspired by time-tested techniques and all kinds of factories and flea markets. Their special skill is managing to make things which are imaginative and different but still simple and timeless. Their work has been widely exhibited and is included in the collections of the Design Museum in Helsinki and in Quebec. They have been awarded the iF golden product design award.

 

Iittala

Iittala embraces the essence of Nordic living. It is about functional and refined aesthetics, but it’s also about a deep respect for the progressive ideas that shape our way of life. For us, design is a human issue. It is a way of looking forward.
As a pioneer of Nordic design, Iittala is dedicated to the pursuit of better living. We believe in striving for balance by focusing on the essential things in life. More than just a collection of beautiful objects, our design exists to increase your sense of wellbeing. By choosing Iittala, you choose thoughtful design that is in tune with you and the ever-changing nature of your life. Design made to be loved and used, day in and day out, for decades and generations to come.
Iittala’s design icons are already known all over the world. We will continue to seek out new ways to inspire, innovate and take a stand for the things that matter. Instead of chasing trends, we will remain faithful to our heritage and respect the qualities that make our design lasting and timeless. Above all, we will always be guided by the knowledge handed down to us by our designers - and the passionate craftspeople who have run our factory since 1881.

 

Sasha Huber

"We set out to choose an artist who would mirror both our own and Iittala’s world, where profound thinking meets simple form. We decided to choose Sasha Huber, whose work we have always admired and who we’ve known for a long time even though we’ve never worked together. She has developed a technique where she creates images with an air-staple gun, producing visually beautiful pieces which have a strong message, often dealing with inequality, and amplified by the act of shooting them with a symbolic weapon. Quite quickly and intuitively we came up with the idea of a dinner table, where the table cloth would be stapled onto the table and Sasha will be making a new piece for the exhibition from this starting point."

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LIVING

ROOM

Living room is designed by Man Yau together with Artek for artists Erna Aaltonen and Howard Smith.

 

Man Yau

Man Yau (born 1991) is an artist living and working in Helsinki. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Aalto University of Art and Design in 2013 specializing in ceramics and glass design. Her latest work has been included in group exhibitions, such as “Recorded Matter” in the American Museum of Ceramic Art in California, “Turning Point” in Gallery Sculptor in Helsinki, and the Feministic Forum in Valssaamo, Helsinki. Yau’s private exhibition took place in Gallery Huuto in Helsinki last August, and she was awarded the Young Talent of the Year at Muoto Gala 2017. At the moment, Yau is preparing an installation for the Stockmann’s department store in Helsinki as well as her future residence in the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan.

 

Artek

Artek was founded in Helsinki in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means”. 
In keeping with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek today remains an innovative player in the world of modern design, developing new products at the intersection of design, architecture and art.
The Artek collection consists of furniture, lighting and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers. It stands for clarity, functionality and poetic simplicity.

 

Erna Aaltonen & Howard Smith

“I wanted to dedicate my Summer Home to Howard and Erna, because they are a great source of inspiration for my own production. Howard’s colour scale, his versatile use of materials and his sense of form are in a league of their own; they encompass something very natural and unreal at the same time. I’ve been influenced by Howard’s work since my first year in the university. I remember seeing his reliefs and paper art and being thrilled by the colours, forms and arrangements and how they allowed me to smell the metal, feel the rough texture of the pigment, and question the perspectives presented.  A two-dimensional piece can become a cone. Erna is loyal to her material, ceramics, which is important to me since I’ve gone through the ceramic and glass programme myself. I’ve only learned to know her work after learning to understand the character of the material better. I can see now that Erna’s work is not only beautiful but apparently a very challenging process. The interesting aspect of Erna’s work is what is not shown; it’s like there is a secret under the beautifully finished ceramic colour-rich surface. The form is so strong, and there’s a tiny hole on the surface through which we can peek and see black – but it’s not empty. I’d like to include the experience that I’ve had watching their works in this interior. Their works reflect playfulness, curiosity and happiness. It would be great to create that feeling in a living room.” 

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Bedroom

Bedroom is designed by Ulla Koskinen together with Anno for artist Helen Schjerfbeck.

 

Ulla Koskinen

Ulla Koskinen is known as the editor-in-chief of Asun Magazine. Alongside working on the magazine, she has achieved a long and multifaceted career as a designer and concept planner. Her clients are companies such as Adea, Artek, Durat, Kannustalo, Marimekko and Woodnotes. Warm minimalism, timelessness and multitoned materials are characteristic features of her work.

 

Anno

Anno is a Finnish lifestyle brand, founded in 2007, that has its roots firmly in the Scandinavian way of
living. Anno's mission is simple - to create products that feel good to live with. Natural materials -
wool, linen and cotton - are an essential part of Anno´s relaxed and timeless way of life.

 

Helene Schjerfbeck

“Fortune and intuition also led this project. A summer house, Anno’s linen sheets and a Finnish artist brought Helene Schjerfbeck to my mind. She has always been an inspiration to me and my work.
The bald and modern style of this strong and independent artist and the incredibly multitoned and harmonic colour scheme offer boundless things to explore. I return to her work over and over again.
We were unaware that Helene has also been an important artist for Pia Lehtovuori, the Head Designer of Anno. Helene was also the first name that crossed Pia’s mind when thinking about this project.
This bedroom is dedicated to Helene Schjerfbeck, and the atmosphere is simultaneously both strong and sensitive, and minimalistic and rich.”

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Fireplace room

Fireplace room is designed by Tero Kuitunen together with Hakola for artist Rauha Mäkilä.

 

Tero Kuitunen


Tero Kuitunen works as a spatial and product designer in Helsinki. He has graduated as a designer from the Applied Arts MA program at the Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture. Tero works as a product, concept and interior designer in projects for clients such as Supercell, Absolut Vodka, Aalto University and Ivana Helsinki. He is one of the founders of the Finnish award-winning brand Andbros. Currently Tero is working as a freelance designer with a vast experience in the design field. Throughout his work, Tero wants to find something that moves and touches people. Materials and colours are often his biggest inspiration when starting a new design project. "I love to use bold colours, unexpected forms and humor. With these choices I want to evoke people with questions, make them happy and find insightful solutions."

 

Hakola

 

Hakola has been manufacturing sofas and furniture in the same factory in Jurva, Finland for over 50 years. Each piece of furniture is handmade to the customer’s specifications. Our fundamental aim in everything we make is to seamlessly connect traditional carpentry with beautiful, functional design ingenuity, in order to create products that will last for generations.

 

Rauha Mäkilä

Hakola presents its expanding product family by the fireplace in the Summer Home of Fiskars. New products include a safari chair designed by carpenter Heikki Aska, who works at Fiskars Village, and a shelf designed by Samuli Helavuo. Both products represent carpentry skills from Jurva at their best.

Rauha Mäkilä was chosen as the artist of the Hakola fireplace room. Her work relies on pop culture and creates an interesting contrast with the colonial-style interior. Designer Tero Kuitunen finds inspiration in Africa and its savannas, and he combines those with the vivid colours of Mäkilä’s work. In addition, the room provides a setting for various masks that Mäkilä addressed in her paintings for the Helsinki Contemporary Ring a Ring o’ Roses exhibition in the spring of 2018.

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Sauna room

Sauna Room is designed by Aoi Yoshizawa together with Lapuan Kankurit for ceramist Rut Bryk.

 

Aoi Yoshizawa

Aoi Yoshizawa is a Helsinki-based designer specialized in material, colour and surface design. Originally from Japan, she lived in Sweden and Norway and moved to Finland to complete her MA study. Educated as a textile designer at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, she has created diverse surface designs for interior and fashion. In her experimental design process, combinations of abstract expressions and carefully selected colours create the feeling and atmosphere which are associated with her own experiences and memories. Aoi appreciates craftsmanship and the technical process of making and is constantly seeking new ways of applying them to create modern designs. 

 

Lapuan Kankurit

Our top designs are woven at Lapua, amid the Ostrobothnian fields. Our skillful jacquard weaving and finetuned material treatment skills are the result of generations of learning in our family business.

Developing the best textiles in the world is our passion. Our own mill and the young, open-minded professionals who work there allow us to make our products a little better every day.

We use natural raw materials: linen and wool. We know where our materials come from, and we know all the working stages from thread to product. This produces results we can be proud of.

Products made by Lapuan Kankurit weave a tale of genuine values, sustainable consumption and respect for nature.

 

Rut Bryk

”When I visited the Rut Bryk exhibition at the Emma museum, I was fascinated by her ceramic mosaic works - abstract surfaces that consist of small geometric modules.
"I am inspired by the combination of geometric shapes and colours that together create compelling patterns in her artwork. I also appreciate her sense of detail, which you can see in her use of subtle colours and the depth of the small tiles.
I found that her aesthetics connected to Lapuan Kankurit and myself as a designer in terms of the appreciation of details in patterns and colours as well as craftsmanship.
For designing the 'Saunatupa' in the summer exhibition, I would like to work with visual details just as Rut Bryk did, perhaps in the choices of colours and materials.”

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Bathroom

 

Bathroom is designed by Susan Elo together with Woodio for musician Ryuichi Sakamoto.

 

Susan Elo

Susan Elo is a Helsinki-based furniture and interior designer. She completed her MA studies at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (now Aalto University) in 1997. Last year she received a five-year state grant for artists for her project Minä ja metsä (The Forest and I). Apart from her work as a designer, Susan teaches furniture design at Aalto University.

 

Woodio

Woodio is a design and material brand from Finland, the creator of innovative ecological solid wood composite -wood that is 100% water resistant. Woodio is taking this new and innovative material into unusual places. Focusing on bathroom interiors first. Woodio washbasins are designed and produced in Finland. Perfectly expressing Scandinavian style, functionality and quality.

 

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Woodio and Susan Elo were inspired by Japanese bath culture and chose composer Ryichi Sakamoto as their artist for the bathroom of the Fiskars Summer Home. Woodio’s wooden basins represent a rough and plain style that creates a stunning scene for Sakamoto’s soundscape. They want the bathroom to nurture all the senses of the visitors, including their hearing. Woodio’s material innovation is ecological and waterproof composite wood, and the products made of it reflect the spirit of our time. Modern music by Japanese Sakamoto generates a perfect counterpart to the interior.

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Summer kitchen

 

Summer kitchen is designed by Linda Bergroth together with Fiskars for fashion designer Vuokko Nurmesniemi.

 

Linda Bergroth

Linda Bergroth (b. 1978) is a Helsinki- and Paris-based designer, whose projects range from industrial design and interior architecture to creating sets.  Having studied both furniture design at the University of Art and Design and architecture at the École d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais, Bergroth moves fluently between different scales, fusing commercial and experimental, lasting and temporary. In her work, Nordic traditions encounter bold and unpredictable ideas with a surprising outcome. Bergroth’s vision is valued by leading Scandinavian design brands such as Fiskars, Marimekko and Artek, and she was honoured as the Young Designer of the Year 2012 in Finland.

 

Fiskars

Established in the Fiskars village in 1649 as an ironworks, Fiskars has since grown to be a leading global consumer goods company. Today, Fiskars is internationally known for its high-quality tools for gardening, cooking and crafts, including its iconic orange-handled scissors.
As the oldest company in Finland, we are proud of our long heritage while also being devoted to continuous development and cutting-edge innovation. This is how we create products characterized by superior quality, ingenious functionality and world-class design.
Fiskars’ mission is to empower everyday creativity through purposeful design. We want to inspire expression today that lives beyond tomorrow. We want to help you shape your world.

 

Vuokko Nurmesniemi

“Vuokko’s winter home in Helsinki is one of the loveliest homes I’ve ever visited, and her kitchen is embedded in the middle of the living room floor like the famous conversation pit of the Miller House. Vuokko’s style is confident and bold, and it shows in everything she does: how she lives and works and what she wears. Vuokko is a hostess with the mostest and loves to invite old and new friends to visit her home. Hospitality and the idea of sharing were a great base for designing the summer kitchen.”

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Greenhouse

 

Greenhouse is designed by Susanna Vento together with Fiskars for artist and patron of arts Maire Gullichsen.

 

Susanna Vento

Susanna Vento is an interior stylist who makes beautiful compositions of pretty much everything. She has done great work with commercial and design-oriented companies such as Acne JR, Arabia, Iittala, Marimekko, Tikkurila Paints, Kinnasand and a number of magazines. 

 

Fiskars

Established in the Fiskars village in 1649 as an ironworks, Fiskars has since grown to be a leading global consumer goods company. Today, Fiskars is internationally known for its high-quality tools for gardening, cooking and crafts, including its iconic orange-handled scissors.
As the oldest company in Finland, we are proud of our long heritage while also being devoted to continuous development and cutting-edge innovation. This is how we create products characterized by superior quality, ingenious functionality and world-class design.
Fiskars’ mission is to empower everyday creativity through purposeful design. We want to inspire expression today that lives beyond tomorrow. We want to help you shape your world.

 

Maire Gullichsen

"Maire Gullichsen’s own artist career is often forgotten because she’s known as a matron of art and Artek. A rebellious child of one of the most prosperous industrial families in Finland, she dropped out of school at 17, and with the help of her mother, she snuck away to study art in Paris and fell in love with bright, delicate colours as a contrast to the dark-toned art exhibited in her childhood estate. She got secretly engaged to a man her father didn’t quite approve of. She soon gave birth to two children, but after a few years of combining a trophy-wife type of family life with art-making in Paris, she noticed that the formula didn’t work.

Her endless love of bright, clear colours made her establish the Free Art School, a counterattack against the narrow-minded nationalist concept of art in Finland. The modern art section of the school presented furniture designed by Alvar Aalto, and that is how the Artek we now know got started.

The house that Alvar Aalto designed for Maire’s family, Villa Mairea, has inspired me and many other Finns for decades. Villa Mairea can be called the mother of all cultural homes. The family’s other home was Villa Honkala, which carried a very special meaning for Maire. After her mother passed away, Maire took care of the house and the garden with great love for the rest of her life, and she finally passed away herself in the same room where she was born. In both Villa Mairea and Villa Honkala, the gardens and the interior plants make the historical, almost pompous estates feel like home. The Summer Home I’ve designed is a tribute to Maire Gullichsen’s lifework as 'the errand girl of art'. This summer may she rest in peace without obligations, make her art the whole summer and care for her beloved plants."