Two promising female designers had the opportunity to showcase their work at the curated Talentshop exhibition for young designers at the Habitare furniture, interior decoration and design fair 2016 in Helsinki. Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä and Anni Pitkäjärvi presented their new Vuono lamp in which they successfully tested the thin and flexible KoskiFlex. Pitkäjärvi also showcased her O lamp, made from the same flexible thin plywood, which she had presented at the young designer event Salone Satellite in Milan last spring. Both lamps garnered great interest among visitors and media alike.
A very thin and flexible material was a totally new and exciting challenge for both designers. The pair tested thin plywood options using various studies of form and details. The excellent flexibility of the material enabled an organic and light shape.
“When developing the lamp, we noticed that the material has some natural characteristics that had to be taken into account when designing the details. The minimalistic, Japanese-style lamp can be transported in a very thin package. It receives its final vivid shape when it is bent into its support structure,” Pitkäjärvi and Heikkilä explain.
Both the Vuono and the O lamp were designed for public spaces, but they are an excellent choice for home interiors, too. Vuono provides indirect lighting by reflecting light off the light-coloured birch surface towards the ceiling, while the O lamp creates soft light that is directed downward from between two plywood discs. The Vuono and O lamps use thin birch plywood with a thickness of 0.6 mm and 0.8 mm, respectively.
In April 2017, the Vuono lamp will be on display at Milan’s furniture fair. The designers are also planning to create a full Vuono product family, comprising also a table and floor lamp. They hope to have the opportunity to present these products at the Milan exhibition.
“Our objective is to find a suitable manufacturer for the Vuono range and to present it to the public at large,” say Heikkilä and Pitkäjärvi.
At Habitare, Heikkilä and Pitkäjärvi also used other Koskisen plywood products for their stand. The elevated floor of the stand was made of Koskisen 15 mm birch plywood. The young designers also offer exhibition stand design services and they wanted to test out the possibilities of a patterned floor at their own stand.
“Our goal was to find new interesting effects for floor surfaces. Birch plywood gave us the opportunity to test out the possibilities of milled patterns,” Heikkilä and Pitkäjärvi say.
Four-millimetre-deep grooves were milled into the plywood surface, forming a large fishbone pattern. The surface was treated with thinned black floor paint which beautifully highlighted the plywood grain. The end result was so beautiful that it would be easy to see the technique applied elsewhere, too.
More information about Anni Pitkäjärvi and Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä and their joint design company Studio Finna is available at: