4 feb - 5 feb

Wild at Heart – A Collection of Modern Finnish Design and Art

Exhibition open February 5th- April 4th.

Wild at Heart – A Collection of Modern Finnish Design and Art – curated by designer Tero Kuitunen, offers a look into the exciting world of contemporary Finnish design. Originality, boldness and use of vibrant colour characterize the design language. The exhibition is a tribute to the lesser known side of Finnish design and culture, with a wild sense of humour and passion to be found and enjoyed. The eleven designers move boldly at the intersection of art and design, with wild hearts and open minds.

“I especially want to highlight how multifaceted Finnish design is. I think we are currently living in a design Renaissance, where people move more freely between different creative territories”, says curator Tero Kuitunen.

The exhibition consists of three stages. The Raw Beauty stage focuses on material and strong visual language. The young master carpenter Antrei Hartikainen’s pieces are both functional products and pure works of art as well as a modern ode to craftsmanship. Photographer and visual artist Sofia Okkonen explores how femininity is performed in her own distinct visual language while Tero Kuitunen works with the concept of touch and how different materials, especially ceramics and clay, invite touching. Klaus Haapaniemi’s magical world is filled to its brim with folklore references and his painstakingly detailed illustrations grace both glossy china and rich textiles.

The Social Impact stage offers a closer look at how design influences society. Milla Vaahtera breathes new life into glass blowing and Tuuli-Tytti Koivula’s clothing collection deals with plastic waste and ways to reuse and repurpose the material. The company Mifuko was born out of its founder’s wish to employ and empower women in rural Kenya. The work is flexible and safe, and the regular income financially enables the women’s independence.

Playfulness and humour are woven into every aspect of the exhibition, but it is especially pronounced on the stage of Wild Humour. Eero Aarnio is one of the most important designers in Finland and over the years his works have been characterised by their originality and conceptual bravery. The rich and colourful design language of Teemu Salonen’s design-sculpture hybrids contains multitudes: it is both gaudy, glamorous and cultivated, while COMPANY’s Aamu Song and Johan Olin celebrate craftsmen and women all over the world in their designs, combining a strong appreciation for tradition, timelessness and the joy of making.

Wild at Heart is an international exhibition project initiated by the Finnish Institute in Germany, in collaboration with the Finnish Institutes in Hungary, Sweden and Japan. It premiered at Vienna Design Week in 2019 and has since been shown in Budapest. In 2020 the exhibition will tour Stockholm, Japan and the Habitare interior, design and furniture fair in Helsinki. The exhibition is sponsored by Bolon and Lapuan Kankurit.

Finnish Institute in Stockholm/Finlandsinstitutet
Snickarbacken 4
Contact and press images: Jaana Vikman, jaana.vikman@finlandsinstitutet.se
+46 72 180 30 63

Programme during Stockholm Design Week 3.2-7.2

Finnish Institute in Stockholm/Finlandsinstitutet
Snickarbacken 4

Feb 3, 15.30-16.30
Media Event
Curator Tero Kuitunen presents the exhibition. In cooperation with the Habitare interior, design and furniture fair in Helsinki. Press only!

Feb 4, 17:00-18:00
Design talk – Design & Social Impact
Programme and registration

Contemporary design is often characterized by the fact that many designers want to take a stand on different social issues and create change.
How can art and design influence the surrounding society and create change? How is ecological and social responsibility manifested in the design business? And what role do cultural institutions play in this?

Milla Vaahtera is an artist and designer, who is passionate about reviving the heritage of glassblowing in Finland and Sweden through her work. Vaahtera´s work is presented in the exhibition Wild at Heart.
Mari Martikainen is a designer and cofounder of Mifuko, a company that combines contemporary Finnish design with traditional Kenyan crafts(wo)manship techniques and social responsibility. Mifuko´s work is presented in the exhibition Wild at Heart.
Susanna Pettersson is the Director General of the Swedish National Museum and former Director General of the Finnish National Museum Ateneum. artist/designer, Mari Martikainen, founder Mifuko, Susanna Pettersson, Director General, National Museum.
Salka Hallström Bornold, Deputy Editor- in- Chief, Form Magazine.

Feb 4, 18:00-20:00
Opening & Cocktails
Opening speech by Minister of Science and Culture in Finland, Hanna Kosonen. Cocktails and great Music by DJ Linn Henrichson.

Feb 5, 08:00-09:30
Material Innovation at Heart of Sustainable Design – Breakfast for Design Professionals
Programme and registration

Breakfast and panel discussion about sustainable design and material innovation with Finnish and Swedish design companies. Speakers: Petro Lahtinen, CEO, Woodio, Maija Pohjakallio, Sulapac etc In Collaboration with Business Finland and Design from Finland.

Feb 5, 16:00
Presentation by Curator
The curator Tero Kuitunen takes us behind the scenes and provides us insight into the exhibition and the artists‘ creative processes.

Feb 7, 18:00
Design Diplomacy
A playful discussion about design at the residence of the Ambassador of Finland. Designers to be confirmed. In Collaboration with the Finnish Embassy in Stockholm and Stockholm Design Week. By invitation only!