At the International Furniture Fair, which ended Sunday, the Italian company Magis showed a stylized plastic puppy that is a signature of the Finnish designer Eero Aarnio. In the new version, though, it had Dalmatian-like markings. Gesturing at reinvention — and only barely at that — the speckled dog summed up the malaise haunting the biggest and most influential trade fair in the furniture industry.
At Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, the Finnair Lounge. Lounge of the Year 2012. Swan Lamps and Ball Chairs Design by Eero Aarnio.
The master Eero Aarnio creates his first piece for VONDOM. It is without doubt a unique element for its amusing and symbolic design, Peacock Collection. Just as its creator describes, the peacocks were part of his childhood, even though their country of origin is very far from Finland. Eero´s home was very close to the Helsinki zoo, which is located on an island where the peacocks, which were imported from India, were free to roam freely since they could not fly away due to their bad flying skills.
The Peacocks in the zoo both fascinated and scared Eero, because when they fanned their tails they were bigger than him. Such memories are the inspiration of the creation of this new planter with much symbolism for Eero which naturally named “Peacock”, thus emerging their ¨ beak to beak ¨ with this figure of his childhood. VONDOM admires the iconic and timeless creations of Eero Aarnio. To VONDOM, he is a real master of the plastic spirit, together with him we could turn his memories into a unique piece to be shared and to be enjoyed.
Gallery Bulevardi 7 and Design & Art Management Finland have made an agreement on the distributorship of Modern Historic 1900 – Collection.
Modern Historic 1900 – Collection and the accompanying book “Furniture of the Finnish masters – stories, tales and atmospheres” illustrating the collection, originate in similar passion and willpower to what is behind the greatest achievements in design.
Both the collection and the book came into being by the efforts of Mr Antti J. Kallio and they represent a collection of Finnish furniture with background tales that differ from most usually told. “I have always had an almost childlike belief in the idea that the creative drive of people engaged mainly in the field of art can also manifest itself in something beyond their first love – why not in designing furniture?”, says Mr Kallio.
Modern Historic 1900 – Collection includes furniture that has never been produced previously. Now these numbered pieces of furniture produced to order will be for sale in the heart of Helsinki – the Boulevard.
The selected designers of the collection are masters with great reputation: Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Jean Sibelius, Aulis Bolmstedt, Oiva Kallio, Kimmo Kaivanto, Timo Sarpaneva, Kimmo Pyykkö, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Eero Aarnio and Björn Weckström.
“We are very proud to be able to present the unique pieces of furniture designed by our national masters. This furniture adds significantly to the concept of Finnish Design. We are convinced that we will attract buyers and collectors also from abroad and thus export will have our special focus”, says the owner of Gallery Bulevardi 7, Mr Jarmo Haapalainen. He continues: “We are now able to offer high-end furniture to our quality-conscious customers who treasure the history of Finnish design and we believe that these extraordinary pieces will become design icons to Finland’s already internationally recognized reputation in design”.
The opening will be on 17 January, 2013 at 18 in Gallery Bulevardi 7.