During the first half of 2011, I will be presenting the decades 1950-2010 and its design on the Finnish morning show Min Morgon. I love these sessions and I hope people will get something out of it. The images and videos embedded here are of course the property of Cityportal and YLE but I hope … Continue reading The Min Morgon sessions
I have been a scavenger all of my life, finding joy in picking up stuff from the street, dumpsters and flea markets. I started out as an all-eater but have since refined my taste to a bare minimum. Even though I can afford it, I have never had an urge to populate my home with … Continue reading So what’s the next Big Thing?
I've gone on treasure hunts for as long as I can remember, and I've decided to start revealing what I've found. Here are some of my other finds from back in the days. And here is Designaddict's take on the matter. I'm using Thinglink's tagging tool to give you a better overview of the objects and … Continue reading The Great Treasure Hunt
"If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them." - Harry Bertoia About two years ago I bought eight Harry Bertoia side chairs on a wim in Helsinki. They were in a state of disintegration but I saw the potential in renovating them. Originally they … Continue reading The DIY Bertoia side chair renovation
Every month a large amount of Finnish design and art objects leave Finland and end up in the hands of foreign buyers. It is a business that has been going on for a number of years but one that has intensified with the pace of the ever growing global society. One man who has ventured … Continue reading The ones that got away
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Great losses in interior design and architecture history The Alvar Aalto library in Viipuri, Russia. The library was originally drawn in the late 20's but was completed in 1935. When built, it was on the Finnish side of the border but after WWII it remained on the Russian side. Damaged during the war it was … Continue reading Great losses in interior design and architecture history
Awesome image of the day # 6 A caricature of some of the most famous furniture designers in the 50's in Finland. From left to right - Olavi Hänninen, Antti Nurmesniemi, Ilmari Tapiovaara, George Hiort af Ornäs and Olof Ottelin. It was drawn by Olof Ottelin in 1959.
Design Of The Century wishes everyone a merry christmas. I will return to you in January 2009. The mademoiselle chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara.
Five IKEA items that will be sold at auctions in 2030 I has been said that IKEA furniture will never see the inside of an auction house much less sell for any significant sums. I don't believe that. The strength of IKEA is that they are willing to take risks with short series using new … Continue reading Five IKEA items that will be sold at auctions in 2030