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100 esinettä Suomesta / 100 Objects from Finland


Näyttelyn kuratoivat Anna Kortelainen ja Pekka Toivanen, ja sen tuotti Viron Suomi-instituutti. Näyttely kiertää Helsingistä Tallinnaan, Osloon, Madridiin ja Riikaan kulttuuri- ja tiede-instituuttien verkoston kautta. Pekka Toivanen konsultoi myös näyttelysuunnittelussa, jonka toteuttivat virolaiset sisustusarkkitehdit Kärt Kukkur ja Valge Kuup.

Helsinki 23.3.–28.5.2017
Tallinn from 10 June to 20 August 2017
Oslo from 7 September to 30 October 2017
Madrid from 18 November to 14 January 2018
Riga from 3 February to 15 April 2018

Here are some samples of the collection

Designmuseum Helsinki


Kilta chair

The Kilta (Guild) chair was designed by Olli Mannermaa. It was the first chair based on plastic technology licensed and sold abroad. Kilta has been on the market since 1955.

Wirkkala’s label for Koskenkorva vodka

Tapio Wirkkala designed the label for the Koskenkorva vodka in 1961. Koskenkorva was put on the market in 1953. It is still the most popular Finnish vodka-type hard liquor affectionately called kossu in Finnish. Originally Koskenkorva was made of potatoes to contain 38 per cent of alcohol and served in half-litre bottles. In Wirkkala’s new label design, Ostrobothnian grain field was replaced by a modern graphic and green capital letters that declare “SPIRIT”.

Juicer by Fiskars

Fiskars scissors are known for their orange colour. However, this particular colour was first featured in a juicer manufactured in 1962. Its parts were made of shiny orange plastic. This colour was left in the machine when the new scissors were sampled. Juice-making was a common task at homes in the autumn in the 1960s.

Futuro House

Plastic Futuro house developed by Matti Suuronen became the favourite of international design press in the 1970s. Polykem Oy swiftly kicked off fabrication of these module houses, but due to the oil crisis, production was not profitable and was abolished in 1978.

Plastic sauna whisk

In a Finnish sauna, people traditionally bathe with a whisk of soft birch branches dipped in hot water. They use the whisk to lash their own or fellow bather’s back. Sounds painful, but actually, this ritual improves blood circulation and refreshes the body. In Finnish, the whisk is called either vihta or vasta depending on the dialect area. Lauri Saimanen from Tervakoski created a machine-washable plastic version of the whisk in 1993. Plastic whisks were sold in great numbers in the beginning of the 1990s.

Pine nut collector’s protective headgear

Production of seeds for forestry requires collecting cones. Protective headgear for this purpose was ordered by the development division of the State Forest Enterprise and made by tent and knitting shop K. Känsälä of Rovaniemi. The padded headset protected the collector from sharp twigs and branches and the bright colour from the stray shots of hunters.

Test card rug by Panu Puolakka

Inspired by the test card used by Channel 2 of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle, Panu Puolakka designed a rya rug with the same pattern in 1999. “One of the tasks of art is to highlight the grey details of our daily lives. The test card is beautiful, but nobody could see the beauty before it was made into a rug,” the artist states.

Saara Renvall’s Kukkakukka reflector

Saara Renvall renewed the reflector into a fashion item that flashes in the headlights in the dark. It is called Kukkakukka (“Flowerflower”).

Maternity package

The first maternity boxes were distributed to poverty-stricken mothers in the end of 1930s. Currently Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, distributes 40,000 maternity boxes per year to expecting and adopting mothers. Free-of-charge maternity clinics, childbirth preparation classes, and breast feeding consultancy are all part of Finnish maternity care.