Finland has been associated with contemporary design for a long time now. Some of my favourite Finnish designers include Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen, but I’ve also studied the work of Tapio Wirkkala, Kaj Franck and Timo Sarpaneva quite extensively. I’m attracted to many of the aesthetic elements in Finnish design, such as the simplicity and fluid forms, but I also admire their pursuit of functionality.
When I visited Finland last year I got an immediate sense of the inspiration behind some of the iconic designs that have fed from this country, I also felt an admiration for their principles when it came to designing sustainable products to improve people’s lives. This is what I spotted in the work of Samuli Helavuo, a Finnish designer who lives and works in Helsinki. So I decided to share a few images from a selection of ceramics that he’s designed, you can see them above and below.
Samuli’s goal is to put his positive energy to good use by solving problems and increasing freedom of choice in the world. His work tiled ‘Solu’, a set of of porcelain dishes designed for serving food and eating, really reminded me of the brilliant glass vases by Alvar Aalto for Iittala. Inspired by rice fields, lakes, rivers, islands and water drops, they are so simple but are functional and I think their shaping is great. Hopefully you like them too and will head on over to his website to see more, this is certainly a designer to watch.