Product Imagery from Iittala for 2013

A few of my favourite things in the office include some Iittala vases and bowls, first designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936. You all know I have quite the fascination with his work, particularly his furniture and architecture, but also the versatile objects that he designed over his career. If you don’t own at least one of these I’d highly recommend purchasing some as they’re cheap in relative terms, and you’ll have an item that you can cherish for years to …

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The Shape that Moves by Iittala

I realised earlier that I’ve had a little hiatus from any films or videos on the blog, which is a shame really as one of my favourite things about the internet is short films made by fellow creatives, you can always find inspiration that you’d of never seen otherwise. Unfortunately, pictures don’t quite convey the same message as what a video can. Plus, whe it comes down to craft or design you really want to see the stuff being made or have …

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Wooden Furniture and Furnishings by Nikari

Nikari aren’t a company that I’ve really come across before, which is quite embarrassing considering they were founded in 1967 and have been producing quality furniture for many years. It’s particular distressing because the furniture is up there with some of the best I’ve seen to date, and I had a great time browsing their website which I feel suits my own ideology and thought processes as a designer. The workshop itself was set-up by …

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A Look at Alvar Aalto’s Muuratsalo Experimental House

To finish off the week I thought I’d highlight Alvar Aalto’s Muuratsalo Experimental House, a place that’s been on my mind for a while now. You may remember me mentioning my project for 2013 was to make a piece of furniture, well before I get to that point I’ve decided it might be worthwhile drawing chairs every night to get a feel for what I want. This will obviously involve replicating chairs that I …

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Short Film on Alvar Aalto Exhibition

I think the greatest compliment or recognition as a creative individual you can receive for your life’s work is that it outlives you and continues to inspire others after you pass. One designer that refuses to go away in this respect is Alvar Aalto, who Jackson’s are currently highlighting in a small exhibition in their Berlin wing. The classic approach to design that the Fin took has insured his work oversees generation upon generation, his work …

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Mies, Aalto and Le Corbusier Interiors Photographed by Mary Gaudin

New Zealand born photographer Mary Gaudin has been impressing me lately with a selection of photography over on her portfolio website, particularly a section of it which documents a variety of architects homes and builds. Three of my favourites feature here, Alvar Aalto, his home and and office in Helsinki, Mies van der Rohe, The Barcelona Pavilion in Spain, and Le Corbusier …

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Alvar Aalto Studio Outtakes by Leslie Williamson

One of the main things that keeps me constantly captivated and inspired is the small network we’ve been lucky enough to generate here. I love the idea that once we’ve shared the work of someone that isn’t always the end of the line, I like checking back and seeing how creatives works have progressed, it’s good to know people are getting the rewards and opportunities they deserve. Leslie William …

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