I’ve been savoring the move to the new house and slowly trying and contemplating different ways of arranging and showcasing the models and having the tools available and organized.
Some objects of note.
My grandfather after serving in the Finnish Army and the two wars against the Russians heard there are mines in Baltic Sea and decided someone should clear them so he joined the Navy. The set of glasses was passed down to me. His set for the special occasion and a potent drink. The glasses have been designed by Tapio Wirkkala, one of the all time greatest designers and rest in a display case machined into a block of wood recovered from a hull of a very old ship laying in the bottom of the gulf.
The stool belonged to my other grandfather, also a veteran of the war, and later a photographer. I spent a lot of time in his studio growing up, a magical place of german and swiss hardware, with a very contrasting dark room that smelled of old wood and different chemicals used to develop the photographs. The stool is designed by Alvar Aalto, and was apart of a pioneering collection of furniture for Artek, and this stool is 75 years old. They still make them. Behind it is a Speaker from a company called Unmonday that I co-designed and co-founded. And underneath it a wooden chest from a brilliant American company called Best Made
I also got the wolves and the legion out and put them in the book shelf until I arrange my Glass Domes and decide how to arrange stuff.
4 thoughts on “Desk 2.0 – From the depth of the Baltic Sea”
Beautiful and inspiring!
The 60 stool is pure beauty. Almost as old as the design itself. Much more to my taste than the E60. A true collectors item 🙂 The wooden block from the Baltic Sea is wonderful! I recently visited Porkkala and the last remains of Soviet military bases right at the coast of the Gulf of Finland and realised how the entire region has been a highly contested border region between east and west.
I begin to understand how important this work space is for you. What I really, really like is that you are able to weave different stories, real life and not, around it and thus connect your work space and daily work to people and places that you have visited for real and in your imagination.
Thanks for sharing this!
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Such a beautiful set of rousing items you’ve got there, Migs. I too am very keen collector of items that have either strong story behind of them or have an aesthetics that speaks to me. Very often it is Nordic design that moves me.
Artek’s 60 stool is a true classic. I’m planning to get my hands on those ones too at some point – hunting them pre-used from flea markets and such. I’ve got a 402 armchair from the 50’s, in pieces though. I’m planning to restore it back to its former glory during the summer. It’s a perfect chair to read some books during those gloomy winter nights.
I’ve been admiring the Unmonday’s speaker for quite some time, but didn’t know you were the co-founder of the company. Things just started make sense to me. Gosh I wish I had one of those beauties on my working desk…
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Interesting post about your universe. It was when I saw your desk on your original blog that I decided to go back to the hobby. I thought that somebody with similar aesthetic can only be an inspiration. After living in 3 different countries over the last decade, I can only rely more on the excitement of a new place and the opportunity to define a new space. It´s a reward after the stress of having your beloved furniture crossing adversity. The glasses call for a toast !!
All the best for your new endeavors!
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This is also my third country in the past decade 🙂