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2.1.2013

Finnish wood in Bienal de Diseño Chile

Finnish wood is in the focus in Light | Wood design exhibition in Santiago de Chile in January.

This exhibition, one of the main events of Design Biennial in Chile, shows furniture and lighting fixtures from eighteen Finnish designers and craftspersons.
 
The exhibition presents works from the following designers: Alvar Aalto, Eero Aarnio, Mia Cullin, Vesa Damski, Susan Elo, Kirsi Gullichsen, Simo Heikkilä, Tuomas Jumppanen, Jouko Järvisalo, Seppo Koho, Harri Koskinen, Motomi Morii, Samuli Naamanka, Merita Soini, Ilkka Suppanen, Petri Vainio and Kari Virtanen. The big himmeli straw ornament, a traditional Finnish Christmas decoration, is by Brita Brunberg. Artist Santeri Tuori’s videoinstallation Forest (lush 1) adds a unique take on Finnish wood.
 
Light | Wood exhibition hosts a series of SALON events, adding more depth and bringing out nuances for the exhibition audience. Meet the designers Seppo Koho, Petri Vainio and Mia Cullin as they open up their design philosophies, working process and relationship with the material. After the presentations the designers each give a Designer’s Pick tour of the Light | Wood exhibition, showcasing their favorite pieces of the exhibition.
 
5 January 3–4 pm Seppo Koho
5 January 5–6 pm Petri Vainio
10 January 5–6 pm Mia Cullin
 
"The current vibrant interest among contemporary designers towards making things in wood is a proof of the immunity of this gentle material against rapidly succeeding trends. Wood is still a natural choice for designers and furniture makers in Finland and the material is increasingly topical as the focus is shifting towards sustainability and environmental issues. " - Kirsi Gullichsen, curator of the exhibition
 
The exhibition is produced by Design Forum Finland, the promotion organization of Finnish design, and curated by architect, furniture designer Kirsi Gullichsen. It is realized in cooperation with the Embassy of Finland in Chile and Bienal de Diseño Chile. The exhibition originated from the wish of the Biennial to see Finland as the theme country of the design event in 2013.
 
www.designforum.fi/lightwood
 
Light | Wood 3–13 January 2013
Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho
Bienal de Diseño Chile
Santiago de Chile
www.designforum.fi/lightwood
 
More information:
Design Forum Finland, Project Coordinator Heidi Valkola
+358 (0)43 824 5404, heidi.valkola@designforum.fi