A Karelian folklore about the origin of the Universe is one of the main inspirations of the Aika sculptures. According to the story, the Big bang was not one of it’s kind. It’s just one bubble in the boiling water that is constantly turning and simmering.
Sini Majuri: Aika 8.8.- 8.9.2018
Galleria Mafka & Alakoski Iso Roobertinkatu 19 00120 Helsinki
My new exhibition will open soon in Helsinki – and it’s getting hotter and hotter at the glass studio whilst finishing the massive glass sculptures for the show. The theme of the exhibition is Time (in Finnish Aika). Time is a puzzle until it is captured inside glass as an optical illusion.
The exhibition place in Glass Gallery Mafka & Alakoski is actually very special to me: We have been working side by side for years, so it’s great to “bring my glass back home”! Marja and Kari have became my dear friends during our collaboration, so the exhibition is also showing how important it is in the world of art to work together!
Time is the Chapter Five from the glass cartoon story that has been touring the World the past years. One piece from The Flying Boat just got back from New York. It’s great to exhibit the new glass narrative with some of my earlier works. The inspiration of the Time is in old storied from Karelia region of Finland. For example, one of the stories is about the origin of the world.
I look at the sea. This familiar infiniteness, I have stayed on its shores
countless times. Still – disconnected from time.
I contemplate how some moments are the most meaningful, how they
can define your whole person. For me time is an invisible companion.
We dive through it, we navigate through it with the help of our memory.
Time smooths its own corners, hides the details of changes.
I have wanted to give form to the invisible. Even if it was a mere whisper.
Unknown Territories exhibition in Usagi Gallery shows 30 carefully selected limited edition pieces from 13 countries. The show proposes an exploration of places, stories and cultures hiding behind every design object. Uncovering the historical, cultural and social context of the exhibits makes us see them beyond their aesthetics. They become flesh and blood storytellers of the world they were born in.
DP presents unique design pieces of leading edge designers from Europe, Asia, Middle East, South and North America transforming Usagi Gallery into a place where cultures, knowledge, and possibilities are exchanged.
The Rain The Flying Boat-story by glass artist Sini Majuri is a cartoon made of glass and a story of transparent moments. Rain is a single scene from a the story that is immortalized inside blown glass. The stories are blown between layers of glass by using a century-old Swedish Graal technique. The layered images are created layer by layer during a slow process that takes months.
“Every object reflects a scene of a narrative that follows the logic of a dream,”
Multiple image layers create surreal and dreamlike visuality in the works. The thick and heavy glass gives interesting optical properties to the dream scenes as the illustrations seem to move and distord as they are observed from different angles: Face of a woman looks sad when looked from above and angry when looked from behind. You can also see under and behind the image layers, there might be something hidden behind a window or deep into the woods in a thick forest. Rain is one of the main themes in this story about a woman that realizes that she is dreaming and don’t want to wake up. There are four individual image layers on top of each other inside every sculpture.
I was invited to the annual Design Pier 2018 exhibition in Hong Kong. It’s wonderful to be one of the 20 young talents that are highlighted in the show! This year Finland has a special role in the exhibition: we have two designers in it. I’m so happy to represent Finland with Lincoln Kayiwa! The idea in the exhibition is that each object tells a story – True tales by design.
I will exhibit two very opposite projects; The Jungle collection and Icebergs. The contrasts in nature and the way they create harmony was what I desired to capture in the Jungle collection. The rhythm of the glass making process ensures that each object has a unique colour play inside the glass. The movement of the glass creates vivid illusions in thick material that come to life when the object is illuminated. The Jungle collection is also introduced in European Design Fairs in Munich, Hamburg, Gorinchem, Stockholm and Frankfurt by DutZ Design.
Stories are fundamental to human existence. Stories structure our thinking, the way we live our lives and make sense of our experiences. Objects tell stories too. Stories of the culture they come from, stories of the people who dreamed them, their struggles and their success. Stories of a creative process that formed them, the materials they are made up from. Stories of how they transformed human environments.
Design Pier’s new exhibition guides its guests into the world of creation and presents twenty international cutting-edge designers and design brands whose products connect with us on an emotional level because they have a story to tell.
The Helsinki Today auction opens today at Bukowskis Finland! The auction is the only one of its kind in Finland and presents the very best of Nordic contemporary art and design. It’s possible to bid also online until 19 March! I’m so happy to be part of this wonderful contemporary art exhibition with a collection of glass pieces from past years!
Here are some pieces from the auction that are especially dear to me. By clicking the images you can also visit the auction pages.
My new glass mountain series “ICEBERG” was exhibited in Interior Design Show Toronto 2018. Ice themed interior design object has four glacial color variations that can be arrayed into a landscape like installations. I wanted the ice peaks to have multiple surface textures that also create interesting optic illusions and reflections. I believe that the shadow of the object is important when the medium used is glass. When the natural light is gleaming trough the glass, shadow looks like water.
My exhibition was a part of juried Designboom Mart Pavillion that highlights new and fresh innovations in design. I’m so happy that the exhibition was also picked as one of the five must sees by Toronto Guardian! The article was such a great help for reaching design folks and companies from Toronto area! I also had a opportunity to meet lovely Corinne Cécilia who wrote an article in Maison & Demeure! It is wonderful how many people remembered the article and come to say hi and see the icebergs! Article on the Finnish Embassy’s webpages was also such a great way to reach out to local Finnish community. I was feeling so welcomed and luckily took enough Fazerin Sininen chocolates for all the Finns!
The trip to Toronto was full of new interesting connections and great design! My absolute favourite at the show was amazing concrete planter by VAKO design. It was a great example of a fresh design idea with a modern twist!
I’m also so happy to see how the local people appreciated the design philosophy behind the ice mountains! Many visitors also saw a connection between the icebergs and the Group of seven landscape paintings. As the mountains found new homes I really felt that the combination of new shapes and colors was a success.
Did you miss your own Iceberg? It is now also possible to order them to Canada via message.
Dreams drowned in glass exhibition opened at Glass Axis’s Kennedy Galleries in September 2017! The story explores the mixing up of the places, atmospheres and memories of which dreams are built. Each sculpture in the show was a scene from a narrative. Together, the pieces formed a modernized narrative captured in glass and rolled into one 3D design using the graal glassblowing technique.
During my visit to Columbus it was fun to teach graal glass workshop. In the workshop the students made experimental mixtures with 3D prints, silk screen transfers, metal sprays and free hand paintings on glass. See all the amazing works from the video below:
It has been inspirational journey to design a line of luxury vases for Dutz Collection. The 9 object collection will tour European design fairs during 2018. As a Finnish glass designer it is a great joy to see that a series of high quality studio glass is introduced in commercial setting with a strong message: quality is value. Here is a glimpse to the first prototypes made in Riihimäki. The collection is inspired by the nature.
In this prototype I have wanted to capture the feeling that I have when I look at the nature, green treetops of old oaks. How the leaves are moving. How does it sound like. (Pics. Sini Majuri, Veikko Väänänen)
The premise of my glass design is to create objects that gain their value from the quality, design and material. My ambition has always been to create future classics. When I started to design the vase collection to Netherlands, I really wanted to capture the beauty of the glass material. I wanted the shapes to reflect serenity of the medium and to be weightless and strong at the same time.
The core of the collection is to create pieces that have soul: The vases are mouth blown and shaped by hand, signed and numbered. Each piece has unique color play inside the glass.
Sometimes a very simple object can became multi-dimensional, when you use glass medium. There is for example the visual layer of glass: how does the glass reflect, how will the colors look in different lighting. Above all there are also the historical layers of glass which comprice the origin of Finnish glass making and the rare knowledge behind the craftsmanship. It is interesting to contemplate the project from these perspectives and say once again: Quality is value!
Pic. Heidi-Hanna Karhu
On ollut kiinnostava projekti suunnitella hollantilaiselle Dutz Collectionille korkealaatuinen mallisto sisustuslasia. Yhdeksänesineinen kokonaisuus lähtee kiertämään eurooppalaisia design-messuja vuonna 2018. Suomalaisena lasimuotoilijana on ilo nähdä, kuinka Riihimäellä käsityönä valmistettua lasia viedään suurina erinä rohkeasti kaupallisille areenoille näin viestien: Laatu on arvoa!
Lasimuotoilussani lähtöajatuksena on aina ollut suunnitella esineitä, jotka kestävät aikaa: tulevaisuuden klassikoita. Harvinaislaatuisella käsityötaidolla veistetyt esineet viestivät alkuperän tärkeydestä, koska niissä käytetään puhtaita materiaaleja ja ne on suunniteltu ajatuksella materiaalin parhaita ominaisuuksia hyödyntäen, signeerattu ja numeroitu.
Kokonaisuuden teemana on luonto ja sen tunnelmat. Olen saanut suunnitteluuni inspiraation kotiseutuni vanhoista puista ja metsien äänimaisemista. Dutz Collectionin mallistossa esineet ovat massiivista, jopa veistoksellista lasia. Ne ovat muodoltaan samalla vahvoja ja keveitä. Joskus hyvin yksinkertainen muoto voi olla moniulotteinen, kun käytetään lasimateriaalia, koska lasin visuaalisuus heijastaa, peilaa ja antaa mahdollisuuden läpinäkyvyydellä leikittelyyn. Suupuhallettua lasimallistoa voi tarkastella myös suomalaisen lasinvalmistuksen historiaa vasten todeten: Laatu on arvoa!
It was a great experience to exhibit my first interior design objects in Tokyo. In many ways Japan is a logical place for Glass Mountains – because mountains have a special role in local culture. They can be seen even sacred. Therefore it was easy to explain the philosophy behind the design: that each object has a soul.
The way the huge design fair was build up was quite spectacular to watch. First the halls were full of bubble wrap, hammers, power cords and ladders when thousands of exhibiters opened up their cargo boxes. But suddenly when the clock struck six every detail was precise, wall stickers and podiums on their accurate place and the design event was ready for the opening day.
When looking back this project has been in many ways a dream come true and all the pieces just magically clicked together. I have always wanted find ways to bring my design to the mysterious Japan. I got a great opportunity to start working together with my family company that also made it possible to start manufacturing glass mountains as a serial interior design object. It was also great to see how the local countryside fund in Suonenjoki jumped in to support our design journey. Glass mountains from a small countryside city travelled a great distance to Tokyo to find cool new opportunities! Thank you so much to Mansikka ry and Maaseuturahasto for supporting our design adventure in Japan!
VUORI glass mountains are sophisticated interior design objects for elegant and modern spaces. Each unique peak is handcrafted in Finland with high standards. Mountains can be used as decoration objects and custom interior installations. The 2017 series is inspired by the Scottish Highlands. Textures, colors and the athmosphere of the glass pieces resonate the unparalleled scenery of the Highlands.
Glass mountains will be presented in ILT Interior Lifestyle Tokyo design fair in Nordic Lifestyle Pavillion in June 14 – 16. Come and visit the exhibition to find your own soulscape made from mouth blown glass!