“I feel a bit guilty that a buy more and more flowers just to see them decaying. I start to take photos of the decaying flowers and I see so much beauty in the aging flowers - I want to capture the whole process of decaying.
My imagination starts to sparkle, what if I turn these decaying flowers into something new, what if the decaying was an inspiration for something beautiful and everlasting?”
“Night Flowers” is a mini collection of double-sided multipurpose interior textiles. The inspiration for this collection comes from decaying tulips and the collection gives a new life to flowers that are in the end of their life. The idea of the textiles are that they are not trying to copy the seen nor the drawn sketches but to transfer emotions and expressions with materials and colors and floral motifs drawn with structures.
The fabrics are luxurious and valuable. The weft material is fine merino wool. The fabrics are woven in collaboration with Lapuan Kankurit and Aalto University.
Night flowers, 2018, Helsinki & Lapua
All photos by Matilda Palmu
Käpy is an eye-catching pendant light. Käpy’s shape and inspiration come from spruce cones and different kind of patterns that I draw in my sketchbook.
I wanted to find out what kind of process it would be if I turned one of my patterns into a 3-dimensional product.
Käpy has been very popular and it has been shown in various design blogs, sites and magazines such as Artsthread, Roomido, Neo-funkkis and Plaza koti -magazine.
Käpy, prototype, 2015 Dimensions: 400 mm x 500 mm Materials: white cardboard, birch plywood Exhibitions: DMY Design Festival Berlin, Habitare Helsinki, MI15 Helsinki
1st photo by Ninni Vidgren, edited by Matilda Palmu 3rd photo by Panu Salonen Other photo by Matilda Palmu
blueberries & chocolate
These handmade ceramic bowls were designed for a project called Nuutajärvi local. The inspiration for this collection comes from Nuutajärvi’s nature and atmopshere.
These small bowls are for small dishes and desserts.
Blueberries & chocolate, 2017, Helsinki
Dimensions: 130 mm x 60 mm
Exhibition: Arabia lobby gallery, 2017
1st Photo by Eeva Suorlahti, other photos by Matilda Palmu
Intuition is a sculptural pendant light that is an end result of an intuitive design process. Intuition is also one part of my graduation work.
I began the intuitive process by painting and drawing different kind of pictures trying constantly to empty my mind. It was crucial not to think or criticize the process or its results. I had to trust the process and let it flow.
After the drawing phase I started to make paper models and step by step I discovered the shape for the light.
In the beginning I thought that the intuitive process would be more difficult because I couldn’t listen my reason. I had to make it silent and take a leap of faith to the unknown - to intuition.
During this process I discovered that my intuitive mind is more dominant than my rational mind. After this project I realized that my intuition is my greatest asset as a designer and it is the one thing that differs me from the other designers. From the intuitive mind it is possible to discover something new and unexpected.
This was extremely interesting project and yet I merely scratched the surface. There are more to learn about the intuitive and rational design processes and I will continue my studies about them.
My graduation project is presented in Lahti Institute of Design yearbook 2016 called "240" and you can read about my thesis at theseus.fi.
Intuition pendant light, Lahti 2015
Materials: paper, birch plywood Dimensions: ~300 x 700 mm Magazine article: Avotakka 9/2016 "Matkalla maineeseen" Exhibition: Protoshop 2016 at Habitare Furniture Fair in Helsinki
Photos by Maria Hästbacka
Illustration by Matilda Palmu
Lehdet is delicate and light wooden mobile and its shape was discovered by intuitively cutting and folding paper. The name Lehdet is a Finnish word that means leaves; the individual decorative pieces resemble leaves of a rowan tree.
Lehdet mobile got its inspiration from nature, old Finnish handicrafts and techniques such as bark weaving and whittled wood birds.
I used new materials and techniques for this mobile such as 0,4 mm thick birch plywood and a laser cutter to get the motif from which I created the individual "leaves" (lehdet = leaves).
Lehdet, Helsinki 2017
Materials: birch hardwood, birch plywood, metal chain and hooks
Exhibitions: Barewood -exhibition in Milan Design Week 2017, EcoDesign exhibition 2017, Habitare Furniture Fair Helsinki
All photos by Matilda Palmu
Oh my, Mary is blending into wallpaper..
Pop-tart is printed fabrics collection and it consists of cotton and silk fabrics. The inspiration for this collection comes from pop-art and collages.
I combinend different techniques and printed in multiple layers to achieve the wanted results. I aimed for bold colors, collage-effect and nostalgia.