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ORIGINAL HABITEK WORKS
Ms. Kirsi Gullichsen
Email: info(at)habitek.fi, kirsi(at)arx.fi
Address : PO POX 284, 00151 Helsinki, Finland
Telephone: + 358 (0)9 6227 3220 / Kirsi Gullichsen, +358 (0)50 569 3863
The idea of the Finnish furniture brand *original habitek works is to create beautiful, timeless furniture of high quality, whose colour and design variations can be combined in individual and variable ways, according to the needs of the user.
The basic thinking in the work is functionality both for the private and the public space, in different stages of life and work cycles. The practical and functional aspects of the furniture are also accompanied by other motivations; furnishings can determine a space with their sculptural form and abstract colour surfaces. The story behind each piece is different. Usually, the source of inspiration which leads to a piece of furniture is in the daily life; it can be as simple as suddenly one morning seeing the division lines of standard kitchen cabinets or the round movements of a puppy. The core methods of *original habitek works are systematisation, modulation, combination of synthetic and natural materials, and combination of automated and hand-tool manufacturing techniques of wooden materials.
*original habitek works - also known as habitek - has been well noted in and outside Finland since the first launch of demos in 2003. The Morris table in particular has gained favour in international media, as well as among collectors and friends of modern design. Over all, the independent brand has received a positive response. The international media has characterised *habitek designs as "modernism fundamental", "perfect asymmetry", " the best and the most fresh of Finnish design" and "...a dazzling marriage of mass production and craftsmanship.". In 2007 the habitek furniture concept was prized with an honorary mention by the "Fennia Prize - Good design grows global" international jury.
The Morris table prototypes were introduced in 2005 and since then Morris has been published in more than 50 international and Finnish magazines and papers. The source for the inspiration for the cheery table was the designers dachshund, Mr. Morris. The puddle-like shapes of the table tops, altogether five, echo the beautiful round movements of the dog. Coloured and veneered surfaces are combined with solid oak legs, which form an asymmetric, forest-like space under the table. The Morris table has already found its way to several private collections in Europe and has been named by many design aficionados as a future classic. The versatile table system adopts well both to home and workplace interiors. Most recently, Morris tables have been on show in Madrid, Spain and Shanghai, China, where the tables are part of the furnishing of the VIP lounge in the Finnish Pavilion at the World Expo 2010. Design Kirsi Gullichsen, 2005.
Samarkand bookshelf system
Samarkand bookshelf system is a free-standing piece of furniture, that can be used as an ornamental spatial divider or set traditionally against a wall. Samarkand is a geometrical system in which the number of element types is minimised but the number of sizes available to the customer is maximised. The efficient structural geometry enables the use of a thin 10 mm MDF board. This cuts down the volume of raw material and organises the books in smaller, more readily handled groups. Although very light, the shelf structure is stabile and has excellent load-bearing capacity. The Samarkand bookshelf is 290 mm deep, and current maximum dimensions for a bookcase unit are ca. 4000 mm X 4000 mm. Design Kirsi Gullichsen, 2005.
Solaris cabinet system
Solaris cabinet system was inspired by the division lines of ordinary laminated kitchen cabinets. The idea of the graphic lines became the key element in the modular structure and the plain detailing of the doors, which create the aesthetics of the new system. Since the first prototypes made in white laminated mdf, the designer has introduced several colour versions and combination variations of the same concept, including Solaris Stripe. Design Kirsi Gullichsen, 2003, 2005
Jiella chair, a spherical, suspended wooden chair is a modernised version of the traditional hanging rattan chair. The chair is constructed of supple strips, which are cut from pressed plywood and pulled and locked together at both ends. When suspended, the chair opens up like a fan and offers a homely resting place. The surface of the veneer is ash. Design Samuli Naamanka, 2008.
Pumpa is a light-weight shade made of ash and designed for a pendant lamp. Inspired by veneer waste of a carpenter workshop, the idea transformed on the designer's drawing board into a spherical shade that shows the beautiful qualities of thin wood - transparency and pliability. The design of the Pumpa shade utilises the natural qualities of veneer: the thin wooden strips are bent and locked into a curve by means of a delicate steel structure. The lightness of the veneer also allows the large size of the pendant shade, with the diameter of 86 cm.
Design Kirsi Gullichsen, 2008.