The Venice Glass Week 2020

The international Festival dedicated to the art of glass presents its fourth edition: #TheHeartOfGlass, which will take place around Venice, Murano and Mestre from 5th to 13th September 2020. This year’s event place a special focus on the “making” of glass, with the aim of helping to support and relaunch the Murano glass industry. Alongside events including exhibitions, demonstrations and guided tours, the Festival will offer a programme of online initiatives, in order to sustain links with international audiences.

My sculpture is inspired by the microscopic world and how something invisibly small can change the World. Photo by Massimo Pistore

The Floating Furnace, a travelling programme of demonstrations with different stops around the Lagoon. The Venice Glass Week places a special focus on the production of glass, and aims to help relaunch and revitalise the sector – primarily that of Murano – which has faced extreme difficulties as a result of months of closure due to Covid19. The aim is to (re)ignite the passion for the ancient art of glass amongst citizens of Murano, Venice, the Veneto and Italy, and to reach this audience The Venice Glass Week is going to extreme lengths: it is bringing the art of glassmaking out of the furnaces to meet the city’s residents and visitors. Photo: Nexa -Event & Travel Designers, Photographer Federica Lazzarini.
For the first time the Festival has a “title-hashtag”: #TheHeartOfGlass, placing a special focus on the production of glass, and aiming to help relaunch and revitalise the sector – primarily that of Murano – which has faced extreme difficulties as a result of months of closure due to Covid-19.

I’m honored to exhibit my glass installation in The Venice Glass Week HUB in September. Cassiopeia reflects Scandinavian aesthetics and light through organic surfaces. Each sculpture is made from mouth blown studio glass and shaped by hand. The design philosophy behind the ‘Cassiopeia’ is to create poetic interpretation of the weightless yet strong nature of glass. How it allows to see to the deepness of the Universe though the lenses of telescope and into the smallest details of life in the
microscopic world.

The theme in 2020 is “The Heart of Glass”. The festival is promoted by the Town Council of Venice and conceived by three of Venice’s principal cultural institutions with considerable experience and expertise in the field of glass – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini – LE STANZE DEL VETRO and Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti – along with the most important trade association, the Consorzio Promovetro Murano, which also manages the Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark of the Veneto Region. Once again in 2020 The Venice Glass Week has been officially designated by the Regione del Veneto.

Address:
The Venice Glass Week Hub
Palazzo Loredan
sede dell’Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
San Marco 2945
30124 Venice
Italy

Exhibition open to the public: 5th – 13th September 2020 (10am to 6pm)

In line with the strict regulations prescribed by the Italian national health authority in relation to Covid-19, a limited number of visitors will be allowed into the building at one time. All visitors will be required to wear masks.

Icy glasses by Sini Majuri

The new edition of drinking glasses by Sini Majuri are inspired by Nordic nature.
Each Icy glass has it’s own breath and charisma because the movement of the ckracking ice is frozen inside the glass during the glass blowing process. The combination of smooth and cracked surface flirts with light and shadow. The design project is supported by Taike, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

The Icy glasses are perfect for serving chilled drinks and cocktails. Studio made drinking vessels are expertly handcrafted in Finland. Each mouth blown object has unique icy surface texture and is signed by hand. The design philosophy behind Icy series is to create elegant, timeless and durable everyday objects. The glasses gain their value from their high quality and design.

Icy glass collection studies old glass blowing tech with Norden mood. Each piece has a unique broken surface that mimics melting and frosted texture of ice. The technique used is called crackle and it was developed in Venice in 16th century.
Icy glasses are inspired by the atmosphere in Lapland.

The designer tumbler with Scandinavian aesthetics offer a satisfyingly weighty feel in the hand. The moment when a unique Icy glass is used is special. When light is gleaming trough the glass with icy texture, the shadow looks like moving water.

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Icy glasses are studio made in Finland. Glasses are signed by hand.

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Purple color edition of Icy glass has a soft color hue that highlights the unique surface texture.

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Dimensions: 8 Ø x 10 H cm
Available in clear and purple colour.
Made in Riihimäki, Finland.

 

 

Sini Majuri wins three A’ Design Awards from Italy

A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services. Image by A design Award.

Sini Majuri has been honored with two renowned Silver A’ Design Awards and one Iron Award. The Rainforest glass series won the Silver from Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Competition. Also Majuri’s work Iceberg won a Silver Award at Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Competition Category. The Iron award was given to Majuri’s Spike lamp design at Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Competition Category.

The collection aims to create vases that have unusually thick glass as their material. The space for inner part of the vase is minimized. Almost hidden. This makes the vases appear voluminous, yet light.

The Rainforest vases are a mixture of 3D designed shapes and traditional Scandinavian steamstick technique. The hand shaped pieces have extremely thick glass with weightlessly floating splashes of color. The studiomade collection is inspired by the contrasts of nature, and how it creates harmony.

The A’ Design Competition is organized annually in Como, Italy. Image by A’Design Award.

The Silver A’ Design Award is a prestigious award given to top 5% percentile designs that has achieved an exemplary level of originality in design. Entries to the A’ Furniture Design Awards are peer reviewed and anonymously judged by an expert jury panel of prominent academics, important press members and experienced professionals. Nominated furniture designs are voted on pre-determined evaluation criteria to highlight only the leading furniture design works.

Icebergs are interior sculptures. By connecting mountains, it is possible to build mountain ranges, mental landscapes made of glass. The surface of each recycled glass object is unique. Thus, each object has a unique character, a soul. Sculptures are handshaped, signed and numbered in Finland. The main philosophy behind the Iceberg sculptures is to reflect the climate change.

Spike lamp plays with contrasts. It is inspired by punk culture and calm Scandinavian mood. It is a voluminous piece, with warm light that is focused into a small pointy area under the piece. The Spike lamp has a aggressive appearance because of the metal spikes pointing towards the viewer. At the same time there is something calm about the smoothness of the ceramic surface and warm light. The lamp creates tension in a interior. Like an individual from a subculture.

The object is made in a two sided plaster mold by JP Studiokeramiikka. The outer surface of the ceramic object is spray glazed. The light is a dimmable LED. The diameter of the ceramic part is 350 mm x 320 mm. With the spikes the diameter of the lamp is 450 mm x 370 mm.
The Spike lamp has a aggressive appearance because of the metal spikes pointing towards the viewer. At the same time there is something calm about the smoothness of the ceramic surface and warm light. The lamp creates tension in a interior.

A’ Art Design Award aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best art designs and greatest art design concepts worldwide. The A’ Design Accolades are organized and awarded annually and internationally in multiple categories to reach a wide, design-oriented audience. The ultimate aim of the A’ art Design Competition is to create a global awareness for good design.

Sini Majuri in A’Design Award Grand Jury

Sini Majuri will be in A’Design Awards Grand Jury for the 2020 – 2021 competition after winning a Golden award from the competition in 2019. A’ Design Award Grand Jury Panel brings together the World’s leading design professionals, prominent academics, influential press members and leading experts in industry to recognize, cherish and value good design products, projects and services. A’ Design Award jurors are fully committed to acknowledge and distinguish good design in all its forms.

Sini Majuri will represent Finnish design in the award Jury.
The award ceremoni will be held in Italy in 2021.

The mission of the A’ Award and Competition is to provide a fair, ethical and competitive platform for companies, designers and innovators from all design fields with different experience levels, diverse disciplines and market focus to compete on, while providing them a global audience to showcase their success and talents to. The A’ Award and Competition aims to act as blender; to bring together designers, companies and the press. Learn why it is called A’ (A-Prime) Design Award.

For 2020 – 2021 there are 219 Jury Members forming the International Design Academy – The Grand A’ Design Award Jury Panel – The World’s Largest and Most Influential Design Award Jury. Sini Majuri will represent Finnish design and glass making in the jury. She is also the only jury member from Finland in 2020.

There are 218 Jury members in the 2020 award edition. The international award is based in Italy.
The annual gala is one of the worlds largest design events.

A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services. The motto of the A’ Design Awards is “Ars Futura Cultura” i.e. Arts Cultivate the Future, Arts for the Culture of Future. The future is shaped by arts, design and technology, thus there is need of good design for a better future.

Cassiopeia lamps for Salone del Mobile, Milan

59th edition of the Salone del Mobile is postponed to 2021.
Cassiopeia lamp is made from recycled Iittala factory’s glass.

It’s inspirational to be part of the Salone del Mobile 2020, internationally known as Milan Furniture Fair. Last year I visited Italy several times because of Venice glass week and A’Design Awards. I feel fortunate to be able to return once again! The Italian design atmosphere is wild and wonderful. After every visit my mind is full of new ideas for glass.

The bumpy surface of the Cassiopeia lamps looks like ice.
The first Cassiopeia item can also be found from Bukowskis online auction
that is open till 4.2.2020. The material is recycled glass.

One of the projects that I will exhibit at the fair will be Cassiopeia. In the Glass Studio Hytti that is located at Suomenlinna fortress island, we use recycled Iittala Factory’s glass. In Cassiopeia I wanted to create an organic shape by gathering large glass sharts on the surface of the piece. This gives the object extremely rough texture that is carefully melted until all the sharp edges have been smoothed into bumpy ice like overlay.

The early prorotypes of the Cassipeia can also be found from Unionin26 design shop in Helsinki. It’s good to get some feedback before the trip to Milan, because there is still time to make the final adjustments to the project. I’m specially interested to highlight the recycled material as the basis of the design. There is somethign poetic about using broken glass as the material of a new piece.

Where to find:

  • Salone del Mobile 2020, Milan
  • Sini Majuri Webshop

Salone del Mobile Milano is postponed to 2021.

Dreams exhibition opens in Gallery Pictor

H.E. Gabriele Altana, the ambassador of Italy in Finland opened the Dreams exhibition in Gallery Pictor, where my glass is exhibited together with the ceramic art of Heini Riitahuhta.

It was a fun coincidence that Italy has been an important part of my year. There was a golden award from Italian A’Design Award and invitation to Venice glass Week. In 2020 I’ll also exhibit some new works in Milan Design Week. So maybe fate is trying to get me to stay in Italy.

The beautiful gallery space used to be a fire station and they still had the original fire truck door and large windows. It was great to meet many friendly people at the event and open the stories behind the glass sculptures.
The first pieces from the Deserted town series were premiered in the Dreams exhibition. It is a story about subconsciousness and dream logic – a optical riddle that hide details that can only be seen from exactly right angle. Gemini graal piece has multiple layers with houses and trees. It’s about finding ones soulmate. On the wall you can see Heini’s ceramic piece.
This artwork by Heini Riitahuhta was specially created for the exhibition in Gallery Pictor.
It was a great joy to see my glass next to Heini’s wonderful ceramic art pieces. Heini’s art is full of color and interesting technique twists. This piece was my favorite, because there is something very hypnotic about it.
Roller coaster sculpture was blown in Riihimäki. There is intensive dark blue color behind the soda bubbles. When the sculpture is illuminated from the right angle, the shadow has a surprising hue. The sculpture is solid glass.
Earlier version of the icebergs was also exhibited in Venice. Glacier is a icy landscape that mirrors the nordic mood.
Hedge Maze graal piece has multiple image layers with lots of hidden details. On the reverse side, the images are dark blue, like a shadows of a forest.

Thank you all for the fun opening! The exhibition is open till 7.12.2019. So there is still time to visit and dream along!

Exhibitions in Finland

My new glass series Deserted town is a narrative filled with hedge mazes, roller coasters and houses taken over by nature. It’s a story about subconsciousness and dream logic – a optical riddle that hide details that can only be seen from exactly right angle. The unique sculptures are slowly created in Suomenlinna fortress island.

Deserted town will be premiered 16.11 – 2.12.2019 in Gallery Pictor in Vihti, in an joint exhibition with ceramic artist Heini Riitahuhta. The show will be opened 16.11 at 14 – 16 PM by m.r H.E Gabriele Altana, the ambassador of the Italian embassy in Helsinki.

Process of the Deserted town series. Every sculpture has nested image layers that also hide secrets and riddles behind the obvious scenes. This piece has a city scene and neon lights that are shown only when light hits the glass from right angle. When you look inside the red windows, the truth is revealed.

In 1 – 17.11 some of my latest graal pieces will also be at Contemporary Helsinki F199 at Bukowskis. The auction is the only one of its kind in Finland and presents the very best of Finnish contemporary art and design. Exhibition and auction will be in Katajanokka (Mastokatu 4-6) and also online. There will be in total 4 sculptures from me; 3 graals and one Gem vase that has neodymium glass.

Some of my latest works can be found from Contemporary Helsinki F199 auction.

If you are interested to see the process of the Deserted town, you can also visit the glass studio in Suomenlinna during the Viapori Kekri event in November 2th at 14 – 18 PM. Viaporin Kekri is an opportunity to explore Finnish history and modern interpretation of an old tradition. It also gives visitors a unique chance to explore and experience Suomenlinna from a new perspective and see its darkest corners that are usually closed for the general public. I will be at the studio demonstrating the process of the 100 years old graal technique.

Ornamo’s annual Design Christmas will take place December 6.–8.2019 at Helsinki’s Cable Factory. The three-day market is a unique event to meet Finnish designers and see their latest works. It’s Finland’s largest Christmas market concentrated on design.

The winter in Finland is long, grim, and inescapable, and we have no choice but to embrace its arrival. Come to Suomenlinna to celebrate the long-forgotten festival of Kekri.

The Venice Glass Week 2019

THE VENICE GLASS WEEK is an international festival dedicated to the art of glass, with a particular focus on that of Murano. The festival involves many of the major institutions in Venice, Murano and Mestre, with the aim of revitalizing and sustaining one of the city’s most important artistic and creative activities. The festival is promoted by the Town Council of Venice, and conceived and organized by Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, LE STANZE DEL VETRO – Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and Consorzio Promovetro Murano.

Iceberg installation was exhibited in Palazzo Franchetti, Venice Glass Week HUB exhibition
Palazzo Franchetti interior

Sini Majuri’s glass installation Iceberg was exhibited in the Venice Glass Week HUB. The opening of the exhibition took place on September 6th on 6.30 PM in Palazzo Franchetti. The main philosophy behind the pieces is to reflect the climate change.

Venice Glass Week HUB exhibition

Sini Majuri also had a solo exhibition in Hotel Saturnia & International. The opening of the 3D graal, Dreams drowned inside glass exhibition was held on September 7th at 6.30 PM in Hotel Saturnia, Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2398, 30124 Venezia. Exhibition pieces mix together 100 years old Swedish Graal technique and modern 3D printing. It is a surreal narrative captured inside thick glass, which has details hidden in, that can only be seen from an exact angle.

Hotel Saturnia interior
Sini Majuri’s Dream-sculptures in Hotel Saturnia


The Venice Glass Week Hub
7th – 15th September (10am to 6pm)
Palazzo Franchetti (3rd Floor)
San Marco 2482
30124 Venezia
Opening party: Friday 6th September, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

3D Graal. Dreams drown inside the glass by Sini Majuri
Hotel Saturnia & International
7th – 15th September
Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2398
30124 Venezia
Opening party: Saturday 7th September 2019 from 6.30pm

Photos: Heidi-Hanna Karhu, Helsinki


Golden Design Award from A’Design Award

Jungle Glass Vase is Golden Design Award winner in 2018 – 2019 Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Award Category in the international A’Design Award in Italy.

A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services. The motto of the A’ Design Awards is “Ars Futura Cultura” i.e. Arts Cultivate the Future, Arts for the Culture of Future. The future is shaped by arts, design and technology, thus there is need of good design for a better future.

Inspired by nature, the premise of the Jungle glass collection is to create objects that gain their value from the quality, design and material. Simple shapes reflect the serenity of the medium, while being weightless and strong at the same time. Vases are mouth-blown and shaped by hand, signed and numbered. The rhythm of the glass making process ensures that each object in the Jungle Collection has a unique colour play that mimics the movement of waves.
In a world where there are millions of products and designs launch each year, the award was born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well designed products. The award-winning products and designs are highlighted to the international public via the A’ Design Award Gala-Night and Exhibition in Italy and they are communicated to all relevant press across the world.

Gem and Spike lamps exhibited in Tendence fair, Frankfurt

There was a heat wave in Frankfurt, so it was good to walk to the exhibition center early in the morning before the temperature rised to 40 Celcius. A total of 603 exhibitors presented their fashionable lifestyle and trend products at the 3-day lifestyle fair. My booth was in the Hall 8.

I exhibited two new lamp concepts at the exhibition. The 35 cm wide Spike lamp has a “bad attitude”. It is studio made from ceramics and metal. Orders are available via online message.
The second new piece was the emerald green Gem lamp that is shaped by hand and has a dimmable LED light. Every lamp is also signed. Gem is available for order via online message.

Icebergs will be exhibited also in the Venice Glass Week in September. It was great to already meet many Venetian people that were visiting Tendence!
Gem vase has the same solid colored emerald green glass material as the Gem lamp and the green Icebergs. I chose the color as my theme in the booth to highlight the varied essence of glass material.