We really appreciate materials. Between leather laptop cases, birch bark trays, and brass pot trivets, we seem to have one of every natural material here in the shop. One thing we really wanted to explore in the store was ceramics. An artist both of us really admire is Helsinki based ceramicist Nathalie Lahdenmäki, ever since we saw her work we knew the next time we visited Finland we would have to see her collection in person.
We trekked to Nathalie’s studio on the 2nd day of our trip to Helsinki, and we were met with apple juice and biscuits served from vessels by her series “Linum”.
Nathalie shares her workshop with a number of other notable ceramicists and artists.
A few notes on Nathalie Lahdenmäki:
Graduated in 1999 as Master of Arts in ceramic and glass design from the University of Art and Design Helsinki
Senior lecturere at UADH 2001 –
2008 Designer of the year – Design Forum Finland
Winner – Mino ceramics competition in Japan in 1998 and 2005
Design Plus Award – Frankfurt
Linum is a collection of vessels made with neutral matte surfaces with glazed interiors. I found this quote and I thought it really summed up the experience of the series:
“I highly value everyday moments. Maybe what I am trying to do is introduce some solace and consolation into daily life through everyday objects of beauty.”
The kiln. Nathalie’s ceramics are all handmade from the mixing of the clay bodies to the glaze, and each piece is individually signed, even the tiniest ceramic spoon.
You can begin to see the scale of the pieces, and how they interact with each other.
A collection of ceramic spoons.
Sami knife, a collaboration between designers and traditional Finnish knife makers exhibited by Design Forum Finland. Many notable artists designed knives for the event including Nathalie (her knife shown in the above photograph). Also notable designers like Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison, Harri Koskinen, and Konstantin Grcic.
see the rest of the knives by following this link.
“Fire candle holder”
Designed by Nathalie for Arabia Finland, and still in production. We would love to get this into the store for the winter.
Since all of her work is made by hand, we had to wait patiently until our order was ready. We’re happy to announce we now have her collection on display.
from mugs, to glazed bowls, and pin cushions we’ve already sold a few pieces.
Small plates $30
Linum cup $32
Tea cup $40