014 Norppa Rocking Toy
012 Kolmio Bench and Dining Table
006 AA Bench
006 AA Side Table
005 Lounge Chair
004 Coffee Table
003 Stilts Side Table
002 Ast Stool
001 Dining Table
001 Dining Chair
Just like the AA Bench, the AA Side Table is made from three distinct profiles of solid Finnish pine, skillfully connected together. A direct and unflinching use of material is characteristic of designer Kwangho Lee’s work, the AA series is a prime example of that: Here, pine is the hero. This characterful piece of furniture may be compact but its functions are extensive; use it as a stool, a side table, in groups or alone.
Norppa is a rocking toy that takes its name and form from the endangered Finnish Norppa seal. Whilst all Vaarnii products are designed to last, this concept is especially appropriate for Norppa, an object that should be cherished by multiple generations. Norppa is skilfully milled from solid pine with the distinctive grain adding contour and expression to the seal shape and face. Every characterful Norppa Rocking Toy will be subtly different from the next.
The Kolmio Dining Table is sturdy and stable, and it looks that way too. ‘People will intuitively understand Kolmio as a very solid piece of furniture’ says Cecilie Manz. In order to achieve such great expanses of wood, Manz has created a unique sandwich of material where an inner layer of offcut pine is encased by perfect planks. The result is an impressively economical and engineered material.
Just like it’s partner, the Kolmio Dining Table, this bench is designed for everyday use. Beneath its seemingly straight-forward form is a unique engineering solution; a sandwich of material made from an inner layer of offcut pine encased by perfect planks. Everything is revealed in the Kolmio’s distinctive and strong profile, only a slight chamfer edge is conceded to soften the severity.
The honest qualities of pine are boldly expressed in Soft Baroque’s Coffee Table. The satisfyingly rational joints of traditional Finnish log houses, themselves a celebration of elementary wooden construction, have been used to decorative effect in this most solid of tables. Round notch joints have been inflated to ‘comic proportions’ by Soft Baroque, who predict that their substantial table will outlive any of its owners and largely be used for dancing on, given its hulking proportions.
The Stilts Side Table consists of a floating volume elevated above the ground. The form is inspired by the vernacular architecture of lakeside cabins common in both Quebec, from where designer Philippe Malouin hales, and in Finland. In the spirit of these informal buildings, over-engineered solutions have been rejected in favour of an intuitive structure. Therefore, the product is simple but effective.
Just as the Dining Chair makes no excuses for its heft, Fredrik Paulsen’s Dining Table is similarly forthright about its purpose. This is a piece of furniture designed to work hard for generations to come. The lively grain of solid pine is especially present over the table’s large surface areas whilst the simple logic and artistry of its making is enjoyably explicit.