Monday, 12 December 2016

Mikko Hannula

It is notoriously difficult to photograph furniture in an exhibition so I was glad to find Mikko Hanula's furniture represented online. This is his digital reimagining of a Windsor chair  creating a faceted metal chair from a 3D scan, which is currently on display as part of the annual VAS 2016 exhibition Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh as part of until Dec 27th.

"This project started as a thesis research project. I was trying to find out what kind of things people cherish in their homes and for what reasons. More than 50 % of all the respondents I interviewed mentioned memories as a reason for cherishing their special possessions. Although personal memories tend to evolve in time through different occasions and experiences, it is possible to make everyday objects to preserve history. Furniture designs like the Windsor chair are becoming relics in the eyes of the younger generation and they desperately need some updating to become appealing again in our digital age. From a manufacturing point of view this sort of digital translation opens up whole new possibilities and market opportunities for traditional products," Mikko Hannula

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