Contemporary Finnish Design

A meeting with Harri Koskinen dedicated to contemporary Finnish design will take place in Rome on November 16, 2023

Contemporary Finnish Design
Harri Koskinen – Maja Hotel Kyoto

Harri Koskinen, one of the most famous finnish designers in the world, will take part in a talk about Finnish Design in Rome on Thursday, November 16, 2023, 6-7 p.m. The conference will be held at Rinascente Roma, Via del Tritone, Design Supermarket, basement.

Promoted and supported by the Embassy of Finland in Italy, the event is curated by Arianna Callocchia and organized as part of the Festival Novembre Nordico 2023 in collaboration with Rinascente Roma Via del Tritone. The partners of the event are IED Roma – Istituto Europeo di Design, Palazzo Ripetta, and Finnish companies Artek and Finnair. Gianfranco Bombaci, Head of School of Design, IED Roma, will introduce and moderate the talk.

Contemporary Finnish Design
Harri Koskinen – Souffle d’Hermes Lamp – Photo: Maxime Verret

The latest projects by Harri Koskinen

Harri Koskinen will present some of his product and interior design projects as a preview and exclusively for Italy. These projects share a significantly sustainable approach and combine simplicity, natural materials and timeless beauty with a special attention to human needs. Among Koskinen ‘s works to be presented in Rome are the new Kuulas tableware line, Iittala x Finnair, the Souffle d’Hermès hand-blown glass lamps, the K Chairs & Ottomans by Woodnotes, and the Maja Hotel in Kyoto, a reinterpretation of the classic Japanese capsule hotel.

Sustainable and timeless design by Artek

The talk will also include Artek and its philosophy of sustainability, which is well represented by the iconic Stool 60, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933. The Finnish company has been producing this iconic design piece for 90 years. Thanks to their simple and intelligent construction, Artek products are immune to fads and preserve their appeal over the years.

Artek – Stool 60 Kontrasti special edition – designed by Alvar Aalto

Stool 60 has always had a small footprint: it is produced in Finland with local solid birch wood that is bent to create the characteristic L-shaped legs. All the offcuts from the leg production are used to make the stool’s round seat and fuel the factory. Moreover, as it consists of few pieces, Stool 60 has always been flat-packed, making its transport both economical and ecological. Artek celebrates Stool 60’s anniversary with three special editions: Stool 60 Kontrasti, celebrating the construction of the stool; Stool 60 Loimu, made from a rare birch variety with a flame-like graining; lastly, Stool 60 Villi, in collaboration with Formafantasma, encouraging a wider and more responsible use of Finnish birch.

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