Talentshop on uusi kuratoitu näyttely, joka toimii Protoshopin sisartapahtumana. Talentshop nostaa tänä vuonna esille kuusi suunnittelijaa tai suunnittelijaryhmää ja antaa heille mahdollisuuden esitellä hieman laajemmin omaa tuotantoaan.
Talentshop is a new curated exhibition that complements and builds on the Protoshop concept. This year Talentshop shows the work or 6 designers or groups, giving them an opportunity to show their work more broadly.
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Antrei Hartikainen is a master cabinet maker, whose work forms a perfect union of technique and esthetics. He designs are born at the intersection between functionality, material and art, sometimes balancing between all of these and sometimes emphasizing one aspect. His straightforward furniture pieces act as a counterweight to the more unique, delicate and poetic small objects. Antrei was awarded silver for cabinet making at the WorldSkills competition in Leipzig in 2013.
Anni Pitkäjärvi studies furniture design at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her designs have been shown as a part of the Protoshop exhibition in 2014 and 2015 and both items; the Lempi shelf and Pinna clothes rack have found a manufacturer through the event. Lempi is manufactured by Finnish Hakola and Pinna by Danish OK Design. In her work Anni strives to design insightful and visually beautiful products without compromising functionality. At Talentshop, Anni shows new designs as well as works exhibited this spring in Milan as a part of the Luomo collective exhibition; the O light and Tovi, a series of shelves designed together with Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä.
Salla Luhtasela and Wesley Walters are Helsinki based designers specializing in ceramic tableware and wooden furniture. They share an interest in functional, understated forms that highlight each material's tactile qualities, as well as in the production process itself. They met while studying at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and have collaborated on a broad range of professional projects under the studio name Kaksikko.
Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä, originally from Kemi, has a background in architecture and has worked at awarded architecture offices both in Finland and abroad. Currently she studies design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Heikkilä works on a broad field including architecture, design and art, tackling different materials, scales and problems. She enjoys working between the problem-solving quality of architecture and design and the abstractness of art. Her work has recently been exhibited in Finland, Milan, Mexico, Sweden and London. At Talentshop Heikkilä will show new products as well as objects shown this spring in Milan.
Marjukka Takala became interested in glass after seeing a video on glass blowing at her middle school chemistry class. Studies at the University of Art and Design (now known as Aalto University) shaped her into a designer specialized in ceramics and glass and not averse to other materials either. A strong material knowledge, a versatile visual outlook and an ability to generate ideas are Takala's fortes. The east-Helsinki based designer draws inspiration from a multitude of hoarded books, everyday observations and by pulling them out of her hat. Her aim is to make our material environment more beautiful and functional one object at a time.
Sanelma Hihnala has graduated as a furniture designer (MA) from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her work has been presented at fairs and design exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. Last year she was one of the Habitare design competition finalists with her chair Pinot that combined a wooden and an aluminium chair in a clever way. Minimal processing of wood and the uniqueness that comes with it as part of the design's ecology plays the main role in Sanelma's Talentshop stand exhibiting shapes of wood.