During Helsinki Design Week RAW/RAAKA -exhibition (5-8th September, 18) presented the most authentic, imperfect and incomplete designs of various Finnish brands and different designers inspired Japanese wabi-sabi. “Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional”, says Author Leonard Koren; Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers.
The idea of wabi-sabi is not far-fetched in the Finnish culture. Contemporary folk art, ITE-taide, has been blooming during recent years, reflecting strongly our cultural creativity and expression. Not far in our history the simple objects made by peasants might have certain similarities to the objects seen in the exhibition. The beauty of these objects was in the modest and humble interpretation.
As being one of the participants of the exhibition, Bonden sees the beauty of imperfect materials. We use Finnish lamb wool, which is wastage material, being by-product of meat production.
As wabi-sabi is a process, rather than a completed object, would be interesting to learn more about Nordic wabi-sabi ideology in the future and see more things done accordingly.
Pictures Katja Tähjä and Päivi Meuronen.
Second picture: Keila stools by Päivi Meuronen, table in the front made of left over terrace wood by Roman Cisneroks and textiles on the wall Bonden.
Last picture: Table Susan Elo, ceramics by Studio Sumusta, cutlery by Roman Cisneroks, little tacle Okke Kiviluoto and the sculpture by Aimo Katajamäki.