Simo Heikkilä
Experimental Things

October 7 - December 3, 2006
In the Studio at the Alvar Aalto Museum


ISKO JA ASKU bench. Photo by Pentti Hakala.

Simo 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. Heikkilä’s 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 Heikkilä’s 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 Heikkilä’s 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.
 
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Chief Curator Teija Isohauta, puh. +358 (0)14 – 624 810
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