Otaniemi Stories // Text and Photos for Aalto University by Aki-Pekka Sinikoski
"We were given classic Finnish design pieces to be used as materials. Our initial hesitation to act on those pieces served as the concept for our work. When does material become a ‘holy’ design item? Where do we draw the line? Can this be undone? Those questions came naturally as we tortured the iconic Artek stools: hammering them with stones to create a new surface, spraying on colors, recombining and adding new elements. No matter how much we worked on it, in the end, we had a piece that still reflected its origins."
Mervi Antila & Nathalia Mussi Weidlich, Students of Applied Arts