Each of the designers picked a Finnish person and took their character as an inspiration source for their designs. The objects are not designed for the person, but to remind of something in them and the meaningful connection between them and the designer. The aim is to investigate conventions and to expose prospects that can’t be found in travel guides or postcards, materialized in design objects. More info on the different designers and objects at No Sauna.
For Milan designweek Marimekko created the ‘Marimekko home’ in a real apartment in via Palermo, Brera where in different rooms the new collection was presented in a styled home setting with lots of plants and black and white photography. Artek supported Marimekko in the creation of the Marimekko Home by providing the furniture of the home.
Finnish design house Marimekko is renowned for its original prints and colours and at the apartment a sneak peek of the new bags and accessories as well as home décor items ranging from textiles to tableware could be admired. The first pieces of the collection will arrive in stores in June.
Beacon is a creative network of designers from Helsinki and invites its members to work on collaborations, exhibitions and events, and to share their work processes through the Beacon Helsinki website to give an insight and increase the awareness of their creative work. At the opening night in Milan we also got to taste some really nice Finnish finger food, delicious asparagus with a Hummus like dip with Finnish herbes and drinks.
ittala X Issey Miyake at Corso Como
I can’t think of a better location to see the Ittala X Issey Miyake collection with my own eys then at the beautiful Corso Como where on the first floor the collection was presented at the small exhibition room. A unique collection of high quality ceramics, glass and home textiles of timeless design from two sides of the world, Finland and Japan. Get inspired by the video below and find more info and pictures at the ittala website.