'Norther': a breeze of simplicity blows from Aalto University
'Lean' by Nina Kosonen
A fresh breeze that brings with it new ideas from the North. It comes from the peak of Europe, from Finnish Aalto University and from the works of 26 of its students on display at exhibition "Norther", in Zona Ventura Lambrate in Milan.
Aalto University exists only since 2010, from the fusion of 3 faculties in the city of Helsinki, and for Milan’s Salone event it brought with it a representative selection of the future of Finnish design in various fields: furniture, ceramics, glass, textiles, fashion and apparel. The keywords? Simplicity in concepts and experimentation with construction techniques and traditional materials.
The sculptural "Lean" by Nina Kosonen is based on experiments on the structural resistance of a flexible chair, and is in solid wood, playing on the different dimensions of the components.
Like a clipper ship, "Du" by Mirella Abe captures lightness and freedom of movement with its fabric seat like an open sail inviting you to relax, while the wind blows at the stern of asymmetrical bench "Kiila" in Cor-ten steel, inspired by the shape of a sailing ship.
Natalia Baczynska Kimberley also uses wood to create the slender and slightly flexible shapes of "Perch", inspired by the games of shadows and light generated by the structure.
And finally for its playful sensibility, color and variation, we present "Sherpa", by Man Yau, a fun cake holder sustained by lively interchangeable wooden columns, and the experimental but practical "Avaa", designed by Nina Kosonen, a chair that can be folded in a way you’ve never seen before. Try it and see.
Photos via arts.aalto.fi
'Du' by Mirella Abe
'Kiila' by Noora Liesimaa
'Linja' by Matti Mikkilä
'Keno' by Noora Liesimaa
'Perch" by Natalia Baczynska Kimberley
'Avaa' by Nina Kosonen
'Sherpa' by Man Yau
'Maja' by Pekka Kuivamäki
'Bumpy' by Kristos Mavrostomos
'Dear' by Goeun Shin
To each his own utopia