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Samuli Naamanka - Art and Industry

In the Gallery at the Alvar Aalto Museum March 7 - May 25, 2008

Interior designer Samuli Naamanka (born 1969) is known as a versatile designer whose work combines carefully considered vocabulary of form with creative technical innovation.

As well as product design and interior design, Naamanka specialises in environmental design. Amongst other things, he has carried out groundbreaking work in the development of concrete products. The results of this have given rise, for example, to patent inventions for a graphic concrete patterning technology and for colouring concrete in several different colours.

The Art and Industry exhibition contains a wide-ranging sample of Samuli Naamankas work. Objects on show include the prize-winning Clash chair which has a stylish seat formed out of pressed wood. On show, too, are photographs of Samuli Naamankas exhibition designs, environmental works and public works of art. The works contain references to the history, nature and architecture of the places where they are located and symbols of them.

Samuli Naamanka was awarded the 2004 elevation-building prize by the Julkisivuyhdistys (the Finnish facade foundation) for developing graphic concrete, and the SIO Furniture Designer of the Year prize in 2005. His most recent award is the 2008 Nordiska design prize presented to him at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February.

The exhibition put together for the Alvar Aalto Museum will be on show at the Tokyo Living Design Center in Ozone, Japan in autumn 2008, augmented with new work.

A lecture connected with the exhibition and entitled From innovation to product development and business will be given by Samuli Naamanka at the Alvar Aalto Museum on March 6 at 18.30.


For further information

Alvar Aalto Museum
Alvar Aallon katu 7, Box 461, 40101 Jyväskylä
Open Tue-Sun 11-18. Exceptions in opening hours during the holiday seasons.
tel. +358 14 - 624 809
museum (at) alvaraalto.fi

Information Officer Mirkka Vidgrén, puh. +358 (0)400 - 254708
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