Beyond Function

Mika Matikainen – Beyond Function

Often, we tend to subconsciously acknowledge only one single meaning for objects around us, but when it comes to things that have an emotional connection or deeper meaning to us, it is reasonable to question the validity of functionalism and to assume that we want to load more meaning into objects that are important and close to us. 

In a world full of objects that lack character, I sought to create a sculpture-like object that has value in itself yet disrupts the idea of a sculpture by having a real function, i.e., by acting as an enigmatic tea set. By combining these two ways of looking at this object, there can be many interpretations, which makes it valuable aesthetically, symbolically and functionally.

Diploma project (2022) by Mika Matikainen