October 7 - December 3, 2006
In the Studio at the Alvar Aalto Museum
ISKO JA ASKU bench. Photo by Pentti Hakala.
Heikkilä is a well-established interior designer with a fine
reputation and a long list of awards. He has designed furniture from
one-off pieces to whole ranges of industrially-produced furniture.
Heikkiläs uncluttered exhibition design has also attracted
praise both at home in Finland and abroad. He has extensive experience
as a teacher and is currently head of the wood studio at the University
of Art and Design Helsinki.
The last time Simo Heikkilä exhibited his work was at a one-man
show at the Museum of Central Finland in 1996. The works in the invited
exhibition, opening now, have emerged over the last two years. They
include items of furniture, linked together by experiments in materials
and construction, small utensils and light fittings for the home and
a modest collection of jewellery made from recycled materials. The
exhibition is supplemented with Heikkiläs own sketches
and video material showing Heikkilä at work.
In the exhibition he wants to emphasise the importance of local design
and local production, and criticise the disposable bric-a-brac produced
by global industry. Simo Heikkiläs most recent award is
the Asko-Avonius prize, given to him as a mark of his distinguished
work in the field of Finnish furniture and interior design.
In connection with the exhibition, the Museum will be organising workshops,
guided tours of the exhibition and talks for children.
For further information:
Alvar Aalto Museum
Alvar Aallon katu 7, Box 461, 40101 Jyväskylä
Open Tue-Sun 11-18.
tel. +358 14 - 624 809
museum (at) alvaraalto.fi
Information Officer Mirkka Vidgrén, puh. +358 (0)14
Chief Curator Teija Isohauta, puh. +358 (0)14 624 810
first name.lastname (at) alvaraalto.fi