Summer University Finland — ECAL toys with ARTEK

Summer University Finland — ECAL toys with ARTEK

Teaming up with iconic Finnish furniture company Artek, Bachelor Industrial Design students, under the guidance of designer Julie Richoz, present a collection of playful objects for children made from salvaged b-quality, rejected and half- finished materials and offcuts. Staying true to the spirit of Artek and its founders, the products promote conscious manufacturing and seek to highlight the natural materials that have gone into producing these designs.

Studio project (2022) by Inès Aznar, Alicia Berclaz, Jessy Bueno, Mattia Cook, Léo Crespin, Charlotte Dubois, Sacha Dufour, Louise Dupont, Hugo Duport, Jade Eymann, Antony Gallay, Camila Hidalgo, Nicolas Honegger, Sam Lombardo, Robin Luginbühl, Julie Meyer, Aleksandra Nazarova, Sven Odermatt, Annick Persechini, Marco Renna, Tiziana Rocha da Silva, Aramis Rüdisühli, Cindy Sacher, Léonie Sammons, Shania Soares, Noah Watzlawick

Professors
Elie Fazel, Stephane Halmai-Voisard, Julie Richoz

The resulting collection made of up-cycled components features a modernist inspired dolls house, a convenient wagon to move toys and other things around, quirky plush toys in the form of fish and sea creatures, a minimalist sledge to enjoy the snowy Lapland winter, a hanging ladder to reach for the stars, mesmerising marble mazes, a tiny theatre for a spontaneous play with your best friends, and a handy clothes rack to help tidy up your children’s room after a busy day – to name just a few.

During our journey in Finland, students were able to visit multiple manufacturers, craftsmen, designers and cultural landmarks such as: Fiskars scissors factory, Artek main wooded furniture factory, Iittala glassblowing plant, up and coming Vaarnii founder, and several historical buildings from famous architect and designer Alvar Aalto, including his house and studio, to name only a few.

In partnership with the iconic finish design brand Artek and the Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale, the students discovered the bountiful nature that inspires and nurtures Finnish industry and craftsmanship, one of the pillars of contemporary Scandinavian design. 

This project was made possible with the kind support of the Summer University programme of the Board of Higher Education (DGES) – State of Vaud.

Mattia Cook - MIELIKKI - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Inès Aznar - RICOCHETS - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Antony Gallay - KÄRRY - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Léo Crespin - CALICO - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Shania Soares - L-BIKE - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Sam Lombardo - CARRIOLA- Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta

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Bruno Pauli Caldas - SPARK - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Léonie Sammons - NÄYTÄ - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Julie Meyer - TILA - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Hugo Duport - ARVOITUS - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Tiziana Rocha da Silva - MY TINY HOUSE - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Annick Persechini - SOARING - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta

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Noah Watzlawick - PAKKO - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Aleksandra Nazarova - PIKNIKKI - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Charlotte Dubois - LLL - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Marco Renna - WHEELING - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Jade Eymann - KOTI - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Alicia Berclaz - SENSE BAIT - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta

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Fiskars Design Biennale - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Fiskars Design Biennale - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Fiskars Design Biennale - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta

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Artek A-Factory - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Artek A-Factory - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Artek A-Factory - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta

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Artek 2ndCycle - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta
Artek 2ndCycle - Image by ECAL/Jasmine Deporta

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22.05–04.09.2022,
Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale

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