The poetic value of wood by Hartikainen

Finnish brand Nikari celebrates 50 years and for the anniversary put a spotlight on their young, fab, in-house designers. Since some time now I’v followed the work of cabinet maker master Antrei Hartikainen with great interest. Apart from work on design, prototypes and manufacturing processes Hartikainen explore how to highlight the possibilities of wood. In his smaller objects and sculptures Antrei Hartikainen shows a unique gift for emphasizing beauty with the smallest of gestures. This coming September his wall /floor sculptures Kukkii (”Blooming”) is chosen as one of three candidates for the Helsinki Design Week ”Product of the Year”- award 2017.

 

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Verso salad tools by Antrei Hartikainen for Serlachius Museums (2017). Maple wood au naturel. Photo copyright Antrei Hartikainen.

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Verso by Hartikainen

In the making: band sewing is used to make out the shape of the Verso salad server. Each spoon is then hand finished by Antrei Hartikainen into beautiful salad tools, all unique. Photo copyright Antrei Hartikainen.

 

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Kukkii wood sculptures by Antrei Hartikainen. Photo copyright Kari Nyssönen.

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Kukkii – shapes of mushrooms and flowers. By Antrei Hartikainen. Different materials with wooden cover (detail). Photo copyright Antrei Hartikainen.

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Collector A, B, C stationary desk trays by Linda Bergroth, made by Antrei Hartikainen in birch naturel. Originally made for the ”We love wood(s)” exhibition at Fiskars Village and shown in Artek Helsinki & Institute Finlandiers in Paris. Later commissioned by Artek. Photo copyright Antrei Hartikainen and Rauno Träskelin.

 

 

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