House Apelle, a charming single family home, is located in a wooded area of Finland. Designed by the unique architect and artist Marco Casagrande, of Casagrande Laboratory, this home was designed with particular attention to the surrounding environment. According to Casagrande: The building rests in a natural harbor like a boat in a sheltering pocket surrounded by bed rocks and trees… The house is in the forest as much as the forest is in the house – the architecture is a mediator between the modern man and nature. The interior is largely open, with few walls separating a central living space from the private areas on the sides of the house. Large windows and the use of natural materials bring the outdoors in. This is a lovely multifunctional home that bridges the gaps between modern and traditional, beauty and function, man and nature.
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Being listened to without being judged. This is the main purpose of the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, that has been recently opened in Helsinki, Finland. The curved wooden structure without windows serves as a refuge to the people who want to express their problems to the social workers in a calm and warm atmosphere, replacing the traditional social offices. The access to the chapel is through a glaze entrance and concrete corridor, and another great aspect to the inside of this build is the indirect toplight, illuminating the interior space. The chapel was developed by K2S Architects, also based in Helsinki. I really like the warmth and the feeling of being involved with the wood.
This birch wood tea trolley was designed by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto all the way back in 1936. It debuted at the at the Paris World’s Fair in 1937. Aalto designed this cart for residential use. He placed it in the living room of the Villa Mairea (1937-1939). It is based on an earlier serving cart designed for the Paimio tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, Finland Proper (1933), for which he first developed the closed-loop laminated birch frame. The large white wheels have black rubber treads and the trolly top is available in ceramic tile, black linoleum or white laminate.
“I like to emphasize spontaneity and simplicity. I let my ideas run wild in the beginning but then as they begin to take shape, I begin to minimize as much as possible.” Cecilie Manz – the designer of Micado – explains. After her graduation in 1997 from the Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen, with additional studies at the University of Art & Design in Helsinki, Finland, Manz founded her own studio in Copenhagen. Micado, the well known game with wooden sticks, was the inspiration for the three-legged construction of the Micado table. A table top and three legs nothing fancy, but the result is great. Micado is available in ash, oak or cherry – and the tabletop is also available in black lacquered MDF. Manz – young but already internationally renowned – won in 2004 the Danish Design Prize for this beautiful piece of furniture.