Cassiopeia lamps for Salone del Mobile, Milan

59th edition of the Salone del Mobile will take place in Milan in April 2020.
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.

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 first 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:

  • Unionin26 design shop, Helsinki
  • Lasistudio Hytti, Suomenlinna (visit on request)
  • Salone del Mobile 2020, Milan
  • Online

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.