This was a pleasant project for us. We helped create an exhibition identity with a few touch points, such as posters.
Sara Hildén Art Museum presents Thomas Houseago’s first exhibition in the Nordic countries. Thomas Houseago is a world-renowned artist, known for sculptures in plaster, rebar, bronze and wood. For this exhibition, the British-born artist is also presenting new paintings and sculptures in redwood and plaster including responding to work in the collection of the Sara Hildén Foundation, Alberto Giacometti’s (1901–1966) sculpture Woman on a Chariot (1943, 1962).
We helped Fazer renew a true Finnish icon, the home of Fazer company at Kluuvikatu, Helsinki. The café has been located at the same spot since 1891, when Karl Fazer founded the company. Taking years to complete, the project was exceptionally challenging with all functional needs and different stakeholders’ demands. The best feedback we received must be the following: “It feels like it has always been like this”.
Farewell, Laivakatu. We have moved to Henry Ford 6, an old factory building in Hernesaari, South of Helsinki. The new space allows us to dream bigger and serve better. Welcome to meet us!
Henry Fordin katu 6 B
Naval architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
Exterior design: Jarkko Jämsén
Interior design: Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design
Every year the 10 winners of the individual motor yacht classes compete for the highly coveted title of Motor Yacht of the Year. In 2020, Pi, built by Feadship’s Royal Van Lent shipyard with exterior design by Jarkko Jämsén and interiors by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, took the title by a significant margin.
Technically, the yacht had been difficult to engineer, and this aspect, as well as the overall perfection of her construction, had influenced the judges’ views. The judges admired especially Pi’s harmonious exterior lines and the sophistication of her Zen-like interior while approving of the extreme connectivity between interior and exterior brought about by her floor-to-ceiling glazing on the main deck and large lower deck portlights. Such excellence made her a worthy winner of this prestigious title.
Celebrating creativity and imagination, the Masters of Glass & Ceramics (Lasin ja keramiikan mestarit) is a unique journey through time, art and craftsmanship. It comprises six large volumes featuring 32 artists and 2000 works from Collection Kakkonen, art patron Kyösti Kakkonen’s private collection. Ambitious for everyone involved, the project included also building a digital and social media presence for the collection.
The project has gained several awards and recognitions.
The team of six partners at the design agency Aivan has been selected as the recipient of the Kaj Franck Design Prize 2019, granted by Design Forum Finland: Jarkko Jämsén, Minka Koukkunen, Aleksi Kuokka, Antti Mäkelä, Aki Suvanto, and Saku Sysiö. The Kaj Franck Design Prize is one of the most significant design prizes in Finland, and it will be granted for the 28th time this year.
The Kaj Franck Design Prize jury was impressed with the team’s comprehensive touch on design. The agency has succeeded in convincing the highest management of companies that change is necessary, and in building several comprehensive brands which have achieved international success. The quality of the design has been seen as uniform and high, and its form as topical, the jury’s reasoning continues. Aivan has formed a design DNA of its own, and the internal design management of the agency is well managed and logical. Marketing has not been very visible, and it seems that work done well has created new opportunities. The agency’s good reputation has carried it onwards and towards growth.
As design takes over new fields and areas, it is wonderful to see that well-implemented comprehensive design, including industrial design which had already been pronounced half-dead, is alive and kicking, the jury states.
Kaj Franck award
The Kaj Franck Design Prize brings forth the central spirit and principles of designer Kaj Franck’s (1911–1989) oeuvre: high-quality, democratic and functional design that solves practical challenges and opens up new opportunities for companies excelling in design. A particular merit is if the rewarded designer brings beauty and joy to everyday life and enhances the quality of life.
The members of the Kaj Franck Design Prize jury of 2019 were CEO Petteri Kolinen / Design Forum Finland, Advocate Pentti Kivinen / Finnish Fair Foundation, CEO Ia Adlercreutz / Co-founders, Vice President, Professor Anna Valtonen / Aalto University, and designer Heikki Orvola