6 feb

Design talk – WE LOVE WOOD(s)!

Time: Tuesday February 6th, 2018, 17-17.50, Opening of the exhibition WE LOVE WOOD(s), 18.00
Venue: Finlandsinstitutet, Sibelius, Snickarbacken 4, 111 83 Stockholm www.finlandsinstitutet.se
Moderator: Mark Isitt, journalist and writer
Registration: The seminar is free of charge, and we kindly ask you to register here in advince
Organizer: The Finnish Institute
Information: Jaana Vikman, Head of Seminar Management and Business Relations, jaana.vikman@finlandsinstitutet.se, 072-180 30 63


Wood is a charming material for long-lasting, exquisite beauty that feels good in the hand. It has a long history in Finland as the material for everyday objects. Wood is still the natural choice for designers and furniture makers in the north and an increasingly topical material as the focus is shifting to sustainability issues. The objects presented in the exhibition WE LOVE WOOD(s)! are locally crafted and produced. Many of the participating designers are also striving for small scale production and limited editions.

Are handicraft, small scale production and limited editions the answers to endorse sustainability? Can sustainable design be both profitable for the designer/company and affordable for the consumers? How does large-scale industrial production fit in to this?

This, and much more will be discussed by a panel including Johanna Vuorio, CEO Nikari OY, Susan Elo, furniture and interior designer and Kirsi Gullichsen, architect SAFA. The discussion is moderated by Mark Isitt, journalist and writer.

The panel discussion is followed by the opening of the exhibition WE LOVE WOOD(s)!.


Johanna Vuorio is an entrepreneur and CEO of Nikari, a Fiskars-Finland-based wood design studio and furniture manufacturer. Established in 1967, the company’s first years were marked by close collaboration with masters of Finnish architecture and design, such as Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck.

Susan Elo is a Helsinki-based furniture and interior designer. She completed her MA studies at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (now Aalto University) in 1997. Last year she received a five-year state grant for artists for her project Minä ja metsä, The Forest and I. Susan also teaches furniture design at Aalto University.

Architect Kirsi Gullichsen conceptualized, produced and curated the exhibition series Welovewood(s) in 2015-2016 in Fiskars, Artek Helsinki and Paris. She practices through her own office ARX and has produced a furniture line under the brand *habitek since 2005.

Mark Isitt is a freelance journalist based in Stockholm. He has written on architecture and design since the late 1980s for both Swedish and international journals. Formerly the editor-in-chief and publisher of the quarterly magazine Forum AID (1999–2007) he is the initiator of the Forum AID Awards and the +1 Award.