All posts tagged: crafts

The rope, the sea and Matti

I realized that I never posted about a place where I went when I was in Kotka at the beginning of May. I visited Matti, a craftsman who knows how to do products with rope, with really old techniques. He has a little workshop by the sea at Sapokka, Kotka where he sells his products in the summertime. I talked with him about the techniques and life, I really appreciate his work! I bought this awesome table brush/trivet made of rope. So beautiful and I bet it will last almost forever.   Tajusin just, että en ikinä postannut mitään juttua paikasta, jossa kävin kun olin Kotkassa visiitillä toukokuun alussa. Kävin nimittäin Matin luona. Matti on käsityöläinen, joka osaa tehdä oikeasta köydestä mitä mahtavimpia töitä vanhoilla tekniikoilla. Hänellä on pieni työhuone meren rannalla Sapokassa, Kotkassa. Kesäisin hän myy työhuoneeltaan tuotteitaan, kuten pannunalusia, eteisen mattoja ja muita ihania juttuja. Juttelin hänen kanssaan vanhoista tekniikoista ja elämästä, arvostan hänen taitoaan todella paljon! Ja ostin tällaisen ihan huipun pöytäharja/pannunalusen, jonka malli on 1600-luvun purjelaivoista. Niin kaunis ja kestää mitä …

Kasvihuone / The Greenhouse

Hi there! You might have been thinking what’s been happening since the beginning of May because I’ve been dead quiet at the blogging scene. Well, this happened: I quit my job as a product category manager in a big garden center. I found a wonderfully beautiful and perfect space for my dream. I started my own business. All this happened in just a few weeks and everything has been going thousands miles since the rocks started rolling. I think I will return in some post to tell you some more about everything but this post is about my current project called Kasvihuone (in English “The Greenhouse”). I’m opening a pop up plant and flower shop for urban gardeners!!! The shop is located in Jyväskylä, Finland (the precise address is Vaasankatu 12 B, if you want to visit). It’s going to start this summer, lasting up to 3 months but after that… you never know… My shop sells mostly useful plants for bigger and smaller urban kitchen gardens, annual flowering plants, flower arrangements and bouquets and some …

Birchbark goes Modern

I want to see more of this kind of design! Mixing traditional materials like birchbark with contemporary design, making it look something ultra cool. Anastasiya Koshcheeva, Siberian born and nowadays Berlin based designer uses birchbark in ways that we’ve never seen before but somehow she makes it so that it looks quite effortless and relaxed and definitely very modern. I’m going to follow this one closely…   Haluan nähdä enemmän tällaista muotoilua! Perinteisten materiaalien, kuten tuohen, käyttöä uusissa muotoilutuotteissa, jolloin ne näyttävät ultrasiisteiltä. Anastasiya Koshcheeva, Siperiassa syntynyt ja nykyisin Berliinissä asuva suunnittelija käyttää koivun tuohta tavoilla, joita emme ole koskaan ennen nähneet, mutta jotenkin hän onnistuu saamaan kaiken näyttämään helpolta, rennolta ja ehdottoman modernilta. Aion seurata tätä tapausta tarkkaan…  

Souvenirs from Japan

When one is a gardener, the other is a chef and they are BOTH designers you might get the idea how exciting it’s going to be when they shop in Japan. I mean there are so much good ingredients, the world’s best tools and visual pleasures in that country. We appreciate tools that will last for a lifetime or even more, tools that someone has made with their own hands, with love. And guess what? It happens that the chef and the gardener are heavy users of knives, saws and scissors. So when we visited several different workshop where they have made those tools since the age of Samurai, we just got nuts. The chef bought five different kitchen knives and two whetstones (and amazed the makers with his knowledge of Japanese knives and how to sharpen knives). Two of the knives has his name engraved in Japanese, forged by the maker of these knives. The gardener (that’s me) bought a Japanese scissors for cutting plants and those scissors also have her name engraved on them. We spent over an …

DIY: Eucalyptus wreaths

It’s definitely a sign of long polar nights coming when the only moments to photograph give you a bit blue photos. But that’s okay, I think. And blue goes well with the star of these photos: Eucalyptus. This year I wanted my winter wreaths to be natural, simple and almost grey so eucalyptus was the choice! I bought a few branches so I could try different things. Buying single branches is very affordable and the other stuff you need are also quite cheap: cotton/hemp/linen string and metal string. To make a round wreath I just made a simple circle with the metal string. I cut the eucalyptus branch in little pieces and started to roll them around the circle. You can also add little metal string pieces to keep the branches in form. And then just add as much as you like. The other “wreath” is just a branch hanging with cotton string. So simple and beautiful! The eucalyptus dries up nicely in a warm and airy space so you can just hang your fresh …

sheep skin

DIY: Multicolored sheep skin

Natural materials are the greatest just because they usually work the best whatever use you have for them. Like the fur: the real sheep fur/skin/wool is so warm that nothing really beats it. So when I got the chance to buy the unused little pieces of sheep skin (40€/kg) from the local sheep farm, I was delighted and saw the wonderful opportunity to make a bigger multicolored sheep skin, perfect butt warmer for the cold autumn and winter pique-niques or just a nice interior element for our home. I chose three different sized, brown pieces. They actually fit together perfectly which was nice surprise. I had strong cotton thread to sew the pieces together. I was really pleased with myself because I got beautiful sheep skin really cheap and I know that it will be in good use for the rest of my life. Luonnonmateriaalit ovat kyllä mahtavinta ikinä, koska yleensä ne ovat edelleen käyttötarkoituksesta riippumatta paras valinta. Kuten turkis: oikea lampaas turkki/talja/villa on niin lämmin, että mikään ei kyllä voita sitä. Joten kun eteeni …

designers on holiday

Designers on holiday

How cool is this idea hosted by London creative studio Featuring Featuring: they brought together 18 designers from different fields and let them create their dream camp site in the island of Gotland, Sweden. For two weeks the Designers On Holiday camped and collaborated, building shelters, a sauna, a bath, a distillery (!), wood oven and other wonderful stuff. I love the simplicity of their designs and, of course, their use of natural materials. And distillery, wow!!! If it would be possible in any way, I would love to get all my designer friends together for something like this. How awesome and fun would it be!!!   Kuin siisti on tämä lontoolaisen luovan studion (jonka nimi on Featuring Featuring) idea: he lähettivät 18 eri alojen suunnittelijaa luomaan unelmiensa kesäleiriä Gotlannin saarelle, Ruotsiin. Kahden viikon ajan Designers On Holiday -projektilaiset majailivat saarella ja suunnittelivat ja rakensivat yhteistyössä mm. telttoja, saunan, kylvyn, tislaamon (!), puu-uunin ja kaikkea muuta mahtavaa. Miä tietenkin rakastan tuota yksinkertaista fiilistä ja, tottakai, luonnonmateriaalien käyttöä. Ja tislaamo, vau!!! Jos se olisi mitenkään mahdollista, niin …

deko luukku house

A tribute to Luukku house

  Yesterday morning I had my morning coffee with me and I decided to browse trough my old deko magazines. Randomly I chose a one from the summer of 2011. I was happily surprised when I noticed that the magazine included an article about one of the greatest and most innovative houses that I’ve ever seen: the Luukku house by Aalto university students. I first saw this zero-energy house in the summer of 2011 when I visited a Holiday Housing Fair in Mäntyharju. The wooden little cabin stood in the middle of the area and I was immediately intrigued. I loved the wooden exterior and I spent a very long time inside the house just admiring the innovative approach to living. All the little details were super smart and beautiful and although the space is only 42 square meters it seemed more bigger just because of the wonderful design. It was definitely my favorite building at the fair and from time to time I returned to think about it. And when the Luukku house bumped …

Natural home

It took me 30 years to realize what’s my style when it comes to the interior of my home. I had a too long retro period. It ended with my design studies over 10 years ago. I sold everything and traveled to India. When I came back, I liked everything with graphical prints, black & white, strong colour blocking. But when I became we and we moved in together few years ago, everything changed again. I think I found my home in my heart and I don’t mean our first apartment (which technically was quite awful). But there was light, there was space. I slowly sold again my old stuff. I wanted everything to be natural, neutral, kind of soft and simple, more close to nature. More wabi-sabi. The greatest thing is that we have the same taste when it comes to our home’s interior. We love raw wood, linen, white and neutrals, wool, leather, clay, making furniture ourselves, simplicity. There’s nothing better than washed and fresh white linen sheets in our futon bed. And this is the first …

CHAYR

CHAYR: Sitting on a field

I’m always intrigued when designers use ecological and natural materials when they bring something new to this world. Because let’s face it: there’s enough everything already. We don’t need another plastic chair. But we may need a seat called CHAYR by Henry&co just because it’s something quite smart. It’s made of hay, straw and wood. I love the sound of that, too. It takes me back to my childhood summers and the golden yellow fields, hay flowing in the wind. And I really love the modern look. Again, a design that I really look up to just because it really shows how to design something contemporary with the feeling of nature. Cool. Oon aina kiinnostunut, kun suunnittelijat käyttävät ekologisia ja luonnollisia materiaaleja suunnittellessaan jotain uutta tähän maalmaan. Koska hei: tässä maailmassa on jo ihan tarpeeksi kaikkea. Emme todellakaan tarvitse uusia muovituoleja. Mutta ehkä tarvitsemme jakkaran nimeltä CHAYR, jonka on suunnitellut Henry&co. Ihan vain siksi, että se on oikeasti järkevästi suunniteltu. Jakkara on tehty heinistä, ruohosta ja puusta. Kuulostaapa ihanalta! Tulee mieleen lapsuuden kesät ja kullankeltaiset viljapellot, …