I am mostly inspired by the Finnish nature. I spend time hiking and photographing in wilderness enjoying the all four seasons with plenty of colours one half of the year and the bare minimalism of the other half when the nature can be perceived in black and white.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
"Väre" cushion represents rough Nordic design. The outerior is made of genuine leather and 100 % felted wool. The style and quality have been designed to last time. The product has been designed and manufactured in Finland. Colours of the cushion are white, black, aniline, blue and light brown. The other side of cushion is always light gray.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Design of the Väre cushion is very special. At the same time its style is classic and fresh. Although its design is simple, it is not conventional. The simple style is suitable for many kinds of interior style.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
"Väre" decorative cushion was born in 2013 in Espoo, Finland. The first version was made from recykled leather and felted wool. The final product's design was ready in 2014.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The idea for this product arised from the will to effectively use recycled and left-over bits of furniture leather. The bits were just the right size to be used for those cushions. The sewing technique was designed so that the manufacturing process would be quick as the man-labour in Finland is rather expensive and cost-efficiency was of crucial importance in order to keep the manufacturing in Finland. This also contributes to the rough look of the item which, again, fits into the Nordic sphere.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 600mm x depth 300mm x height 170mm.
Cushion, decoration, furniture apparel, Nordic, leather, felted wool
The materials used were tested extensively. The prototypes were used in everyday life in several homes. The leather used is good quality furniture leather. The wool used is durable, non-pile wool. All Miiko products have the distinguished Design from Finland label.
The hardest part of this design activity was finding right materials and manufacturer from Finland. Manufacturing is quite expencive in Finland. We wanted also to find high-quality materials without being too expencive. At the moment we use as much as possible left-over bits of furniture leather.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Main photo: Markku Leutonen
Optional photos 1-3: Markku Leutonen
Optional photo 4: Sanna Paakki
Copyright Sanna Paakki.