Elisa Honkanen: «What the water gave me»

Elisa Honkanen just presented her new chair  during the DMY International Design Festival 2014, in the hangars of the old Tempelhof airport. "This winter was exceptionally wet in the UK," the designer explained. "News were full of images of landscapes after flooding, reminding us once again of our fragility against nature. This made me want to create an object that would humbly present how we somehow always find the strength to continue and look into the future, no matter from how poor conditions we start rebuilding our lives."

Putiikki : design finlandais à Paris

La boutique éphémère Putiikki ("putiikki", boutique en finnois) a ouvert ses portes à Paris, première étape d'un tour d'Europe qui s'achèverait en 2012 à Helsinki (qui profitera alors de son statut de capitale mondiale du design). The Putiikki pop-up shop has settled in Paris. This is the first stop of a European tour that will end up next year in Helsinki (2012 Design Capital of the World).

Elisa Honkanen, designeuse de bonne aventure

      Elisa Honkanen participera à l'événement Meet my project, à l'occasion duquel elle exposera lampe et chaise inspirées du jeu de la "cocotte" diseuse de bonne aventure, adoré des enfants. "La chaise Hasta est un mélange de tabouret tripode, pliable, et du fameux jeu d'enfants, à partir d'une feuille de papier pliée. La conception parait simple, mais à dire vrai il m'a fallu un certain temps pour parvenir à appliquer cette impression de simplicité évidente à la fonctionnalité", explique la designer,  née en Finlande mais Parisienne d'adoption. Quant à la lampe La, Elisa désirait "une suspension qui serait jolie quand employée seule, mais qui créerait aussi un effet particulier en groupe".       Elisa Honkanen will take part in the Meet my project event with her lamp & chair inspired by the "fortune teller" paper children's game. "The Hasta chair is a combination of a folding tripod stool and the kids' game, made of a folded paper sheet called "fortune teller". Sounds simple, but in a fact it took quite a lot time to find the right proportions and materials to maintain the simple effect with the functionality", says the Finland-born, Paris-based designer. Regarding her La-lamp, Elisa was looking for a" suspension light that looks good alone and creates a nice effect when used in a group."