Creating a collection

Creating a collection

UPCOMING JANUARY 2018

At the leading trade fair for home & contract textiles

 

Ahokas will exhibit his new collection of 400 individual designs of commercial production-ready surface patterns for home, contract, fashion, stationery, and more at Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main from 9 to 12 January 2018. Heimtextil is the industry's most important global event for interior textiles, interior design and interior trends. The first trade fair of the year for its sector, it is a climate and trend barometer for the whole business year. 

 


30 SEPTEMBER 2017

HANDMADE - SCANDINAVIAN GLASS STARTING ALL OVER IN BODA, SWEDEN

 

Welcome to the opening ceremony of “Handmade – Scandinavian Glass Starting all over” today at 14:00 in The Glass Factory, Boda, Sweden!

The exhibition “Handmade – Scandinavian Glass Starting all over” shows the innovative trends in the handmade Nordic glass right now, for example in interactive smart glass, innovative project-based forms of cooperation, product development and business models.

The exhibition focuses on the future of glass art and its development. Three museums specializing in glass – The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki (FI), The Glass Factory, Boda (SE) and Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (DK), have invited glass artists to use and to develop the museums and what they offer in a direction that is relevant to the exercise of the art form and the future of glass in the Nordic region. This is partly in the form of a travelling exhibition, which focuses on the new tendencies, and partly in the form of collaborations and networks.

The project is supporter by Nordisk Kulturfond.

 

HANDMADE - SCANDINAVIAN GLASS STARTING ALL OVER

30.9. - 11.11.2017

THE GLASS FACTORY

STORGATAN 5

BODA GLASBRUK, SWEDEN

OPEN: APRIL 22 - SEPTEMBER 10: MON-FRI 10-18, SAT-SUN 11-17 /  SEPTEMBER 11 - APRIL 20: MON-TUE CLOSED, WED-SUN 11-16

 

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8 SEPTEMBER 2017

FILIGREE GLASS FROM FINLAND EXHIBITION

 

Ahokas' unique glass champagne cooler from the series "Thermohaline", is showcased in "Filigree glass from Finland" / "Kiehtova kierre - Filigraanilasi Suomessa" in the Finnish Glass Museum 22.9. – 31.12.2017.

"Striped glass. Expensive, highly regarded and difficult to make. Filigree glass is all this and more. This exhibition features old and new Finnish filigree glass: the objects of the Nuutajärvi glassworks’ heyday in filigree work in the mid-19th century and the fruits of the revival of these skills headed by Kaj Franck. Also on display are completely new filigree glass pieces from Riihimäki and elsewhere."

 

FILIGREE GLASS FROM FINLAND

(KIEHTOVA KIERRE - FILIGRAANILASI SUOMESSA)

22.9. - 31.12.2017

THE FINNISH GLASS MUSEUM

TEHTAANKATU 23

RIIHIMÄKI, FINLAND

OPEN: TUE-SUN 10-18

 

CLICK TO VISIT THE FINNISH GLASS MUSEUM

 


Surface pattern design "TO THE MOON AND BACK" by ATELIER AHOKAS / spring/summer 2018

Surface pattern design "TO THE MOON AND BACK" by ATELIER AHOKAS / spring/summer 2018

29 MARCH 2017

ESTABLISHING OF ATELIER AHOKAS

 

Excited to announce the launch of ATELIER AHOKAS. We are online!

ATELIER AHOKAS is a boutique design company that offers customized services in contemporary surface pattern, product and concept design.

Interested to collaborate? Contact for commissions, projects and licensing.

 

ATELIER AHOKAS ON FACEBOOK

ATELIER AHOKAS ON INSTAGRAM

CLICK TO VISIT ATELIER AHOKAS ONLINE

 


28 FEBRUARY 2017

AWARDED BY THE FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION GRANT

 

Ahokas has received a one-year working grant awarded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation's Central Fund. 

Central Fund grants are awarded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation's Board of Trustees on the basis of recommendations made by experts in various fields.

The Finnish Cultural Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to promoting art, science, and other fields of intellectual and cultural endeavor in Finland. The Foundation provides grants from a central fund and 17 regional funds.

 

 CLICK TO VISIT THE FINNISH CULTURAL foundation

 


"PASSAGES" carpet design (detail) by Iiro A. Ahokas. Producer: CarpetVista

"PASSAGES" carpet design (detail) by Iiro A. Ahokas. Producer: CarpetVista

29 NOVEMBER 2016

LIMITED EDITION CARPETS NOW AVAILABLE!

 

Award-winning hand-tufted wool carpet, "Passages", designed by Iiro A. Ahokas is now available in a limited edition via CarpetVista online boutique.

Ahokas won both the first and third prize in the international ”CarpetVista Design Competition 2015” with his carpet designs ”Passages” and ”Reed”. The goal of the design competition was to create new and innovative carpet design.

CarpetVista is the largest online carpet shop in the world. It offers the widest and most diverse selection of hand-knotted and hand-woven carpets of the finest quality and for the best prices on the market.

 

CLICK TO VISIT ONLINE BOUTIQUE

 


A light beam pattern created by a glass lens by Kirsti Taiviola. Photography: Iiro A. Ahokas

A light beam pattern created by a glass lens by Kirsti Taiviola. Photography: Iiro A. Ahokas

6 OCTOBER 2016

THE BEAUTY OF OPTICS

 

Iiro A. Ahokas photographs Kirsti Taiviola's magical glass lens lighting series "Echo" - a wall lamp with alternative glass lenses that create light beam patterns. The patterns can be projected fe. on walls, ceiling or floor.

Kirsti Taiviola is a Helsinki-based designer and glass artist. Her works are interpretations of material using the means of art, design and crafts. She works widely in the field of art and design and is best known for her lighting designs and glass jewellery.

 

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Black hand polished porcelain tableware with hand painted and burnt carat gold enamel from the series "DYNASTY" accompanied by pattern design "GRAVITY", both designed by Iiro A. Ahokas

Black hand polished porcelain tableware with hand painted and burnt carat gold enamel from the series "DYNASTY" accompanied by pattern design "GRAVITY", both designed by Iiro A. Ahokas

9 september 2016

SIGNALS AT HABITARE

 

Ahokas' design "Dynasty" have been selected to represent trends of interior decoration and design at the "Signals" Hunch Exhibition at the "Habitare". The Signals exhibition is created under the lead of trend analyst Susanna Björklund. Habitare is Finland's leading event for furniture, interior decoration and design since 1970.  

 

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17 JUNE 2016

PUBLISHED IN FINNISH GLASS YEARBOOK 2016

 

Ahokas’ hand blown filigree glass champagne cooler "Thermohaline I" from the series Thermohaline is published in the Finnish Glass Yearbook 2016 publication, published by The Friends of the Finnish Glass Museum Association.

 

SUOMALAISEN LASIN VUOSIKIRJA 2016

(FINNISH GLASS YEARBOOK 2016)

EDS. JYRKI WINTER, TIMO I. LAAKSO

PUBLISHER: SUOMEN LASIMUSEON YSTÄVÄT RY

(THE FRIENDS OF THE FINNISH GLASS MUSEUM ASSOCIATION)

 

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"UNKNOWN LANDSCAPE" / glass installation / detail / hand blown & silver mirrored glass / Iiro A. Ahokas

"UNKNOWN LANDSCAPE" / glass installation / detail / hand blown & silver mirrored glass / Iiro A. Ahokas

19 MAY 2016

THE PEEP SHOW TO BE SEEN!

 

Ahokas has been invited to showcase an art glass installation in the Nuutajärvi Glass Village Summer Exhibition "Peep Show - Other realities". 

"Peep Show - Other realities", gives guests permission to explore glass artists surprising ideas. Under a common theme the exhibition has gathered 21 Finnish glass artists who are presenting their art in boxes, which can be seen only through a small peek hole. They present abstract ideas, daring images, reflections and mirror surface, all expressed with glass. 

The exhibition is arranged by Nuutajärvi Gallery Cooperation, NuGO, whose aim is to promote the 223 years old Nuutajärvi as the centre of contemporary art glass, and enhance the high quality of the Finnish glassmaking tradition originating from the Nuutajärvi Glass Village.

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, May 28, from 5 pm!

 

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PEEP SHOW - OTHER REALITIES / TOINEN TODELLISUUS

28.5. - 14.8.2016

VANHAN HYTIN HALLI

NUUTAJÄRVI GLASS VILLAGE

NUUTAJÄRVI, FINLAND

OPEN: DAILY 11-17

(EXCP: 11-15 MIDSUMMER EVE AND 12-17 MIDSUMMER DAY)

 


1 APRIL 2016

AHOKAS' CREATIVE DESIGN POP-UP STUDIO MOVES TO MANHATTAN NYC

 

Iiro A. Ahokas' creative design pop-up studio has moved to Manhattan NYC. 

During April and May in New York, Ahokas will explore new professional approaches to the act of concepting print and pattern designs.

 

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"EMPEROR" / wall sculpture / black china & gold enamel / H540 x W800 x D60 mm / 2015 / Iiro A. Ahokas

"EMPEROR" / wall sculpture / black china & gold enamel / H540 x W800 x D60 mm / 2015 / Iiro A. Ahokas

11 MARCH 2016

ORNAMO EXHIBITION 2016

 

Ahokas' porcelain wall sculpture "Emperor" from the series "Dynasty", as well as his unique glass champagne coolers from the series "Atmosphere of Earth" & "Thermohaline", are showcased in the Finnish Association of Designers, ORNAMO, annual sales exhibition in Helsinki, Finland.

Welcome to the opening on Friday, March 11, from 5 pm!

 

ORNAMO SALES EXHIBITION

(ORNAMON TEOSMYYNTI)

12. - 20.3.2016

CABLE FACTORY

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: MON-FRI 12-18, SAT-SUN 11-17

 


28 FEBRUARY 2016

TAIKE GRANT FOR DESIGN TO AHOKAS

 

Ahokas receives the project grant for design awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland - The National Council for Architecture, Design and Environmental Art. 

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) is a funding agency providing expertise and services for the promotion of the arts. Project grants are intended to support the implementation of individual projects by professional artists and critics in different fields of the arts.

 

CLICK TO VISIT THE ARTS PROMOTION CENTRE FINLAND

 


12 FEBRUARY 2016

THE ARTS PROMOTION CENTRE FINLAND ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE GRANT

 

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland - National council for Interdisciplinary art, Diversity and International Activities awards Ahokas an artist-in-residence grant.

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) is a funding agency providing expertise and services for the promotion of the arts. Artist-in-residence grants are intended for artistic work to professional artists who have been accepted to international artists-in-residencies abroad.

 

CLICK TO VISIT THE ARTS PROMOTION CENTRE FINLAND

 


17 NOVEMBER 2015

THE 1st AND 3rd PRIZE IN AN INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE DESIGN COMPETITION

 

Iiro A. Ahokas has won both the first and third prize in the international ”CarpetVista Design Competition 2015” with his carpet designs ”Passages” and ”Reed”. The goal of the design competition was to create new and innovative carpet design.

The finalists on ”CarpetVista Design Competition 2015” were selected by an expertise jury out of record breaking over 18,000 carpet designs from 82 countries entered in the competition.

”To find only a few select winners from such a large pool of talent has not been easy, but with the help of over 60,000 visitors to the gallery who casted their votes, several designs have emerged as winners. To have our customers’ help in choosing what design they would like to see on a carpet has been very helpful. This way we can see where the demand lies and can predict what carpets will be our next big sellers.”, says Ludvig Friberger, Managing Director at CarpetVista AB. 

The winning designs will be produced in a limited edition and sold exlusively on CarpetVista's online boutique. CarpetVista is the largest online carpet shop in the world. It offers the widest and most diverse selection of hand-knotted and hand-woven carpets of the finest quality and for the best prices on the market.

CarpetVista is glad to provide interviews about the Design Competition or to help arrange for direct contact with the winners for an interview. High resolution images are also available upon request. Contact: design@carpetvista.se.

 


27 SEPTEMBER 2015

IN "CARPETVISTA DESIGN COMPETITION" FINALS WITH RECORD-BREAKING 46 DESIGNS

 

CarpetVista is the largest online carpet shop in the world. It offers the widest and most diverse selection of hand-knotted and hand-woven carpets of the finest quality and for the best prices on the market.

The finalists on ”CarpetVista Design Competition 2015” have been selected by an expertise jury out of over 18,000 carpet designs entered in the competition. 

The winning carpet designs will be produced in a limited edition and sold exclusively on CarpetVista, the Europe’s largest trading place for textile art. CarpetVista.com is operated by CarpetVista AB based in Malmö, Sweden

 


4 AUGUST 2015

LOKAL EXHIBITION #28 - TORI

 

Welcome to the opening of TORI exhibition on Wednesday, August 5, from 5-7 pm at the Lokal! The exhibition features Ahokas' latest ceramic and glass collectables "Dynasty", "Mesosphere", "Troposphere", "Stratosphere", and "Thermosphere". Works available exclusively at Lokal!

 

EXHIBITION #28 - TORI

6. - 22.8.2015

LOKAL

ANNANKATU 9

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: TUE-FRI 11-18, SAT 11-17

 


3 AUGUST 2015

IAA 2015 COLLECTABLES NOW AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT LOKAL HELSINKI

 

Iiro A. Ahokas' 2015 limited edition of china collectables ”Dynasty” is now available exclusively at Lokal Helsinki. Each of the collectables is sculpt, cast, glazed, gilded, and polished completely by hand. Hours of subtle hand grinding and polishing is required in order to achieve the refined jewel-like details and the exclusive satiny smooth surface on the objects. ”Dynasty” is available in platinum and gold in two different shapes in light dove grey and black china.

Lokal is a concept store and home to independent Finnish art, design and craft, that believes in the value of handmade items, craftsmanship and small scale production. Besides the unique art pieces in the gallery space, Lokal offers a wide array of selected products from some of the leading names in art prints, glass, ceramics, furniture, and textiles. Listed internationally in the top places for shopping in Helsinki, the clients of Lokal include notable art collectors such as Sir Elton John.

 

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LOKAL

ANNANKATU 9

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: TUE-FRI 11-18, SAT 11-17

 


10 june 2015

IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE MURANO GLASS MUSEUM, VENICE, ITALY

 

Ahokas' glass artwork "Time Trap" is added to the permanent collection of The Murano Glass Museum (Italian: Museo del Vetro).

The Murano Glass Museum is a museum on the history of glass, including local Murano glass, located on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy. The collection of the museum, one of the most complete in the world, ranges from antiquity to 20th century works including world-famous masterpieces in glass.

 

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MUSEO DEL VETRO (THE MURANO GLASS MUSEUM)

FONDAMENTA GIUSTINIAN 8

MURANO

VENICE, ITALY

 


9 june 2015

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY GRANTED BY THE FINNISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE IN NEW YORK

 

Ahokas receives the Artist-in-Residency scholarship 2016, granted by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.

The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York operates in the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture, creating dialogue between Finnish and American professionals and audiences. FCINY's functions aim towards setting people and ideas in motion, and creating international dialogue, as well as dialogue between visual art forms. This happens through the residencies and other mobility programs, but also through organizing exhibitions and events, and actively communicating about progressive contents of the visual arts.

 

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9 JUNE 2015

FEATURED IN THE EUROPEAN GLASS EXPERIENCE PUBLICATION

 

Ahokas' glass artwork "Time Trap" is published in "European Glass Experience" catalogue.

Ahokas' work is crafted in 2015 in Venice by Matteo Tagliapietra (b. 1973), a glass artisan, whose versatility and productive flexibility is said to make him one of the most promising of Murano's maestros.

 

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15 May 2015

INVITED IN AALTO UNIVERSITY MENTORING PROGRAMME 2015 - 2016

 

Ahokas starts as an invited mentor in Aalto University’s Mentoring Programme.

Aalto University’s Mentoring Programme combines sector-specific, cross-disciplinary and international mentoring. The programme exploits the skills of experts and professionals on a broad scale.

Aalto University’s Mentoring Programme is part of the core activities of Alumni Relations. Aalto University Career Services as well as Aalto University Student Union and student organizations are taking an active part in the planning and implementation of the programme. The programme will last from September 2015 until May 2016.

 

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17 APRIL 2015

In The Murano Glass Museum, Venice, Italy

 

Ahokas' latest glass artwork, crafted by Murano glass masters in Venice (by Matteo Tagliapietra + Ongaro & Fuga), will be exhibited in the Murano Glass Museum.

The Murano Glass Museum, located in the Palazzo Giustinian in Murano, was founded in 1861. The museum includes pieces from ancient Rome to the 21st century, gathering together the largest and best known collection of Murano glass worldwide.

 

CLICK TO VISIT THE EUROPEAN GLASS EXPERIENCE

 

THE EUROPEAN GLASS EXPERIENCE

18.4. - 7.6.2015

MUSEO DEL VETRO (THE MURANO GLASS MUSEUM)

MARIE BRANDOLINI d'ADDA WING

FONDAMENTA GIUSTINIAN 8

MURANO

VENICE, ITALY

 


13 MARCH 2015

DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS AVAILABLE NOW!

 

Ahokas' unique glass creations, "Dirty Little Secrets" - a series of multicoloured large hand blown bowls, are showcased in the Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO sales exhibition in Helsinki, Finland.

Welcome to the opening on Friday, March 13, from 5 pm!

 

ORNAMO SALES EXHIBITION

(ORNAMON TEOSMYYNTI)

14. - 22.3.2015

CABLE FACTORY

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: MON-FRI 12-18, SAT-SUN 11-17

 


27 FEBRUARY 2015

THE FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION GRANT

 

Ahokas receives a one year grant for artistic working 24.000,00 € from the Finnish Cultural Foundation's Central Fund.

The Finnish Cultural Foundation is a private trust dedicated to promoting art, science, and other fields of intellectual and cultural endeavor in Finland. The Foundation provides grants from a central fund and 17 regional funds.

 

CLICK TO VISIT THE FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION

 


12 FEBRUARY 2015

PUBLISHED IN FINNISH GLASS LIVES 7

 

Ahokas’ glasswork "Kaiku, Vol. 2.0" is published in the Finnish Glass Lives 7 publication, published by The Finnish Glass Museum.

The Finnish Glass Lives 7 lists exhibitions and other important glass-related events from the preceding five years including illustrations of recent glass products and works of glass art.

 

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FINNISH GLASS LIVES 7

SUOMEN LASI ELÄÄ 7

ED. TUIJA VERTAINEN

PUBLISHER: THE FINNISH GLASS MUSEUM

 


13 DECEMBER 2014

IN THE GLASS MUSEUM OF MARINHA GRANDE, PORTUGAL

 

The European Glass Experience exhibition continues its tour with a new exhibition at the Museu do Vidro da Marinha Grande (Glass Museum of Marinha Grande).

The exhibition features a selection of the winners of the EGE competition, chosen by an international jury composed of museum directors, curators, and glass experts. The selected works are both a resource for current European artistic practice and a reconnaissance of the ancient and complex world of glass. The EGE project objective is to support glass art both as European common heritage and as a platform for innovation by visual artists and designers.

The Marinha Grande Museum of Glass is the only museum in Portugal specifically dedicated to the study of the art and craft of the glass industry. The collection shows the Portuguese glass industry from the mid-17th/18th century to the present time, as well as a selection of glass works by Portuguese and international contemporary artists. 

 

THE EUROPEAN GLASS EXPERIENCE

13.12.2014 – 22.2.2015

MUSEU DO VIDRO DA MARINHA GRANDE

(GLASS MUSEUM OF MARINHA GRANDE)

Palácio Stephens

Praça Guilherme Stephens

MARINHA GRANDE, PORTUGAL

OPEN: TUE-SUN 10-18

 


19 NOVEMBER 2014

SHOWCASED IN MATERIAL MATTERS

 

Material Matters is a series of satellite exhibitions in ceramics and glass in connection to the "Art of Research V Conference" at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The exhibition features a series of Ahokas' numbered and signed glass collectables.

Over the past two decades, a continuous dialogue and fruitful convergence between art and design related practices and research has been explored in the academic institutions. Involved in the contemporary discourse of practice-led research, the Art of Research Conference 2014 brings out the interactive and dynamic relationship between experience, materiality and articulation. How are different fields and media shaping these in novel ways through various methods, tools, and skills? How do research and practices operate from these relationships? Through these questions the main aim of the event is to engage in a shared exploration of bold and visionary thinking across different entangling practices. The Conference aims at sharing an understanding of the ontological, epistemological and methodological issues of practice-led research, and offers an academic framework for discussing notions of experience, materiality and articulation.

Welcome to the opening of the Material Matters exposition on Monday, November 24, from 4 pm at the Lume Gallery at the Media Centre Lume, Helsinki.

 

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MATERIAL MATTERS

THE ART OF RESEARCH V CONFERENCE

TEACHERS' EXHIBITION

18.11. - 5.12.2014

AALTO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARTS, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE

WINDOW GALLERY

7TH FLOOR

Hämeentie 135 C

Helsinki, FINLAND

OPEN: MON-FRI 8-18

 


3 SEPTEMBER 2014

REPRESENTED BY THE LEADING ART BUSINESS IN THE NORDIC COUNTRIES

 

Ahokas’ numbered and signed glass collectables are now available at Bukowskis’ Art & Design of Tomorrow, where the newest works by the designers of the future are presented.

Bukowskis is a Scandinavian fine art and antique auction house established in 1870 in Stockholm, Sweden. It is one of the oldest salesrooms for Fine Art in Scandinavia and continues to showcase the unique and beautiful even today. Bukowskis is part of the International Auctioneers and represented in EFA – European Federation of Auctioneers.

 

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BUKOWSKIS PRESENTS -

ART & DESIGN OF TOMORROW

4. – 19.9.2014

BUKOWSKIS

ISO ROOBERTINKATU 12

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: MON-FRI 11-18

 


23 JULY 2014

In Touring International Glass Show In Spain

 

Ahokas’ glass design "Time Trap" is selected in the European Glass Experience – Promising Young Names in European Glass Art exhibition.

In the frame of the European Commission Culture Programme 2007-2013, the City of Venice obtained financing by the European Commission for the implementation of the project EGE – European Glass Experience. The project aims at giving to glass a full acknowledgement in contemporary art and at fostering its value as an intangible cultural heritage of Europeans.

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition to be held on Tuesday, July 29, at 8 pm at the Museo Tecnológico del Vidrio, Real Fábrica de Cristales de La Granja!

 

CLICK TO VISIT THE EUROPEAN GLASS EXPERIENCE

 

THE EUROPEAN GLASS EXPERIENCE –

PROMISING YOUNG NAMES IN EUROPEAN GLASS ART

29.07 – 16.11.2014

FUNDACIÓN CENTRO NACIONAL DEL VIDRIO

REAL FÁBRICA DE CRISTALES PASEO DEL POCILLO 1

REAL SITIO DE SAN ILDEFONSO

SEGOVIA, SPAIN

 


27 MARCH 2014

The European Glass Experience – Promising Young Names In European Glass Art

 

Iiro A. Ahokas’ glass design "Time Trap" is selected in the European Glass Experience – Promising Young Names in European Glass Art exhibition. The international touring exhibition will begin its tour at the Finnish Glass Museum.

The EGE project objective is to enhance a European common heritage, glass art, and its potential for innovation by visual artists and designers. The EGE project aim is to put glass at the centre of a discussion on the European cultural scene, and to safeguard a European cultural heritage based on tradition, technique, shifts in taste and concepts of art.

The project includes Promovetro association of glassmakers in Murano, the Murano Glass Museum, the Spanish Glass Center and the Finnish Glass Museum. European Glass Experience is coordinated by the City of Venice, and co-financed by the European Culture Programme 2007–2013.

The exhibits were chosen through a competition involving over 200 young glass artists aged 18 – 40 from 22 European countries.

 

CLICK TO VISIT THE EUROPEAN GLASS EXPERIENCE

 

THE EUROPEAN GLASS EXPERIENCE –

PROMISING YOUNG NAMES IN EUROPEAN GLASS ART

28.3. – 8.6.2014

THE FINNISH GLASS MUSEUM

TEHTAANKATU 23

RIIHIMÄKI, FINLAND

OPEN: TUE-SUN 10-18

 


4 FEBRUARY 2013

Represented In Sweden At The Stockholm Furniture FairS

 

Ahokas’ interior design fabric pattern is represented at Stockholm Furniture Fairs at the stand of the furniture manufacturer Pedro Ltd.

Stockholm Furniture Fair is the world’s largest furniture trade fair for Scandinavian design, with furnishings for both home and public environments.

 

STOCKHOLM FURNITURE FAIR

5. – 9.2.2013

A41:10

PEDRO LTD.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

 


13 JANUARY 2013

In Imm Cologne 2013 – The International Furnishing Show

 

Ahokas’ fabric pattern design is represented at IMM Cologne 2013, The International Furnishing Show, at the stand of the furniture manufacturer Pedro Ltd.

The IMM Cologne is the most important furnishing show in the world's most important furnishing market. It presents the new international furniture and interior trends and surprises visitors with numerous market-ready innovations.

 

IMM COLOGNE 2013

THE INTERNATIONAL FURNISHING SHOW

14. - 20.1.2013

PEDRO LTD.

COLOGNE, GERMANY

 


11 OCTOBER 2012

Launching Of A New Product Concept In Design Museum

 

Ahokas’ new product concept "Sigmund’s Travelling T-Laboratory" is presented in Design Migration 10+ / Views on Clay exhibition at Design Museum, Helsinki.

The Sigmund’s Travelling T-Laboratory tea set is inspired by transparency, symmetry, minimalism, test tubes and tight nesting objects saving space in the spirit of the functionalism and Bauhaus. The set is made of 24 carat gold leaf gilded cast stoneware and hand blown heat-resistant low thermal expansion borosilicate glass.

The Design Migration Association was formed by a group of emerging designers in Finland in 2003 as a means of connecting designers with producers and retailers through innovative exhibitions of products and prototypes.

The exhibition is part of the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 Program.

 

DESIGN MIGRATION 10+ / VIEWS ON CLAY

12. – 28.10.2012

DESIGN MUSEUM GALLERY

KORKEAVUORENKATU 23

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: TUE 11-20, WED-SUN 11-18

 


11 SEPTEMBER 2012

Displayed At The Habitare Furniture Fairs

 

Ahokas’ interior design textile pattern is represented at Habitare 2012 Furniture Fairs in Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre at the stand of the furniture manufacturer Pedro Ltd.

 

HABITARE 12 FURNITURE FAIRS

12. – 16.9.2012

PEDRO LTD.

HELSINKI EXHIBITION & CONVENTION CENTRE

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


8 SEPTEMBER 2012

Design Park For Charity

 

Ahokas’ shoe collection "Surinasussut" is represented in a fashion show, which is a part of Design Park Charity event organized by Design District Helsinki and Design Forum Shop, in cooperation with Design House Stockholm, Maker Academy, Little Booker and Brand model management.

The members of Design District Helsinki have donated the products to be auctioned. The proceeds from the charity auction will be donated to the benefit of the children and young in the Helsinki region.

 

DESIGN FORUM SHOP SHOES & BAGS!

FASHION SHOW

DESIGN PARK CHARITY EVENT

8.9.2012

DIANA PARK HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


25 AUGUST 2012

Ahokas’ Shoe Collection Featured In Shoes & Bags

 

Shoes & Bags exhibition and sale at Design Forum presents "Andiamo by Iiro A. Ahokas" limited edition of full leather platform pumps.

Included are twelve Finnish shoe and bag manufacturers and designers: Kookenkä with the collections of Iiro A. Ahokas and Aki Choklat, FINSK, 2OR+BYYAT, Johanna Gullichsen, Cho Cho, Huopaliike Lahtinen, Saara Kivimäki, Jaana Parkkila, Terhi Pölkki, Jussi Saastamoinen, St. Vacant and Viona Blu. A large selection of bags, shoes and clothes complement the selection: Lumi Accessories, Month of Sundays, Samuji, Minna Parikka, SavetheC, among other brands.

 

SHOES & BAGS

1. – 29.9.2012

DESIGN FORUM

EROTTAJANKATU 7

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


17 AUGUST 2012

Exhibition Coordinator For Aalto University Anniversary Exhibition

 

Ahokas is invited to work as an Exhibition Coordinator for the 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition of the Department of Applied Art and Design in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

The exhibition LOLO&RORO will take over the port warehouse in Jätkäsaari. During the event the old warehouse transforms into a platform for art and design, where the audience can enjoy the latest works of the young designers as well as the works of alumni of Applied Art and Design from Aalto University. LOLO&RORO offers a comprehensive display of contemporary design and the people behind it with a total of over 100 exhibits.

The exhibition is an official part of the program of the Helsinki Design Week 2012.

 

LOLO&RORO

31.8. – 30.9.2012

PORT WAREHOUSE L3

TYYNENMERENKATU 6

JÄTKÄSAARI

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: MON-FRI 14-18, SUN 12-18

 


24 JUNE 2012

Represented At The Holiday Home Fairs

 

Ahokas’ interior design fabric "Kirsikka" is represented in the exhibition site Kiurunniitty which is a creation of Satu Juvanen Architects, with interior design by Sanna Kemppi and Reetta Sinkkonen.

The fairs showcase the latest research in construction and housing related issues. This research produces practical applications that provide innovative examples and concrete visions of excellence in living/housing standards, for both consumers and professionals within the industry. The fairs provide the opportunity for designers and builders to try out innovative solutions in practice e.g. architectural and other industry related competitions constantly produce a wealth of new ideas for improvements in housing and living conditions.

 

HOLIDAY HOME FAIRS 2012

25.6. – 8.7.2012

LAPPEENRANTA, FINLAND

 


11 MAY 2012

Featured In The Finnish Design Yearbook 2012-13

 

Ahokas’ shoe collection "Surinasussut" is selected in the review of contemporary Finnish design – the Finnish Design Yearbook 2012-13.

The graphic design of this visually high-standard book is by Kokoro&Moi, winners of Finland's Graphic Designer of the Year 2012 award.

 

FINNISH DESIGN YEARBOOK 2012–13

EDITED BY ANNE VEINOLA

DESIGN FORUM FINLAND 2012

PRINTED BY ALDUS OY

IN ENGLISH, 150 PAGES

 


26 MARCH 2012

New Limited Edition Shoe Collection Available In Stores Now!

 

"Andiamo by Iiro A. Ahokas" is a limited edition of three full leather platform pumps ("Impi", "Rauha" and "Hilda") designed by Ahokas for Andiamo. The shoe collection features attractive details that make them particularly interesting as the streamlined design language gives the shoes a consistent look. Black and camel suede, combined with lacquered leather details and contrasting stitching, create the essential look of this edgy collection for the Spring & Summer 2012.

Kenkäkesko's retail store chain Andiamo stores cater for trendy and fashion-conscious consumers, for whom the store offers a fashionable selection of shoes that is constantly being updated. Kenkäkesko is a part of Kesko Group, which has about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus. Kesko retail sales totaled 12 billion euros (VAT 0%) in 2011.

 


20 JANUARY 2012

Launching Of S/S 2012 Collector’s Tote Bag Collection

 

Ahokas launches his latest creation, "Indochina" – a collection of limited edition handmade tote bags in hand perforated full leather, suede and recycled fur for spring and summer 2012.

 


4 NOVEMBER 2011

Experimental Jewelleries

 

Ahokas is invited to join the PROKORU3 exhibition. PROKORU is a review of Finnish contemporary jewellery design, which presents jewellery from a functional point of view.

PROKORU3 invited 21 designers working and living in Finland to join the exhibition. The choice of material was free so that the designers could widely experiment on form and approach.

 

PROKORU3

5.11. – 1.12.2011

TÄKY-GALLERY

SATAMATIE 10

LAPPEENRANTA, FINLAND

OPEN: MON-FRI 11-17, SAT-SUN 11-15

 


31 OCTOBER 2011

Expert Member In The World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Design Competition

 

Ahokas is invited to join in the jury of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Collector Coin Design Competition as an Expert Member of the Collector Coin Committee by the Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO.

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design has named Helsinki the 2012 World Design Capital. The Mint of Finland is celebrating this landmark year for Finnish design by minting a gold and silver collector coin.

The World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 collector coin is produced by the Mint of Finland Ltd Which is the leading mint in Scandinavia and the Baltics. Its business is to design, market and mint money. Mint of Finland is owned by the Republic of Finland. The company produces metallic currency, commemorative and special-issue coins and coin sets.

 


16 SEPTEMBER 2011

Showcased In The World's Largest Shop Focused On Contemporary Finnish Design

 

Ahokas has created a numbered and signed selection of unique free-blown and silver mirrored glass collectables, which are now available exclusively at Design Forum Shop, Helsinki.

Design Forum Shop is the world's largest shop focused on contemporary Finnish design situated in the heart of Design District Helsinki. It offers a changing, versatile and unique collection of Finnish design: from contemporary design to classics and from industrial design to unique one-offs. The Shop is a showcase for almost 400 designers and companies – design that one won't probably find from anywhere else!

 

DESIGN FORUM SHOP

EROTTAJANKATU 7

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


10 JUNE 2011

Finnish Association Of Designers 100Th Anniversary Exhibition

 

Ornamo is a national central organization of designers, founded in 1911. The members of Ornamo are professionals in industrial design, fashion, textile and furniture design, interior architecture, craft art and textile art as well as researchers of design. Ornamo aims to promote and extend public knowledge of Finnish design.

At the core of the Ornamo's anniversary exhibition is the profound professional skill of its members. The works chosen for the exhibition emphasize personality, interestingness, practicality and high-quality craftsmanship.

 

ORNAMO PREESENS

ART – CRAFT – DESIGN

100TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION OF THE FINNISH ASSOCIATION OF

DESIGNERS ORNAMO

11.6. – 11.9.2011

THE NORTHERN OSTROBOTHNIA MUSEUM

AINOLANPOLKU 1

OULU, FINLAND

OPEN: TUE-FRI 10-18, SAT-SUN 11-18

 


31 MAY 2011

Drinking In Style In Dmy Berlin, Germany

 

UKLY (Association for New Ceramics and Glass) has selected the most interesting emerging, underground, overground and head in the clouds ceramic and glass designers in Finland to be presented at DMY Berlin.

Their works are presented via vessels for drinking, that is glasses and cups. Each object is a small scale example of the designers’ views on design, materials and the everyday need to drink. There isn’t only one truth in Finnish design. Therefore, works are included by minimalists, romantics and punks!

DMY Berlin is an international design network for contemporary product design. This year’s central exhibition will feature products and projects from over 500 designers. With international exhibitions and activities in Europe, Asia and South America, DMY gives visibility to unconventional and innovative projects and products that go beyond the mainstream.

 

30 WAYS TO DRINK IN STYLE

1. – 5.6.2011

DMY BERLIN INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FESTIVAL

AIRPORT BERLIN TEMPELHOF

BERLIN, GERMANY

 


27 APRIL 2011

Ahokas’ Design Fabric Now Available In Pedro Ltd. Chairs

 

Ahokas’ interior design fabric "Kirsikka" is now available in Tapio Anttila’s design chairs titled A La Carte for Pedro Ltd. Furniture.

Pedro Home showcases a high quality Finnish collection of comfortable and well designed furniture to individual homes. Pedro Ltd was established in 1988. It is a leading manufacturer of special furniture in Finland. Their main products include chairs and sofas to cruising ships, public premises and private houses.

 


19 APRIL 2011

Ahokas Goes Surrur

 

Ahokas’ fabric designs are presented in a do-it-yourself book for creative types, the Marimekko Surrur book.

The book is a great expression of the theme for Marimekko’s 60th anniversary year, Why Not Together? The creators of the Surrur share with fans of design and crafts the ideas, instructions and patterns of Marimekko designers for more than 60 do-it-yourself projects.

The 125-page pattern-leaved book is available at Marimekko shops and selected distributors for Marimekko and WSOY worldwide. Published in both English and Finnish versions.

 

SURRUR – MAKE YOUR OWN MARIMEKKO

EDS. M. SAVIO & K. RAPIA

PUBLISHED BY WSOY

 


13 APRIL 2011

The Young Shoe Designer Of The Year 2012 Award WINNER

 

Ahokas is the winner of the Andiamo young shoe designer of the year, "the K.E.N.K.Ä", 2012 competition in Finland.

The concept of the K.E.N.K.Ä competition was awarded in the United States in the International ECHO Awards with ECHO Leader Award in 2009.

 


20 MARCH 2011

The Finnish State Art Deposit Collection Acquires Ahokas' Glass Sculpture

 

The Finnish State Art Commission invests in Ahokas’ silver mirrored glass sculpture "Unknown Landscape 1/4 – 2010".

The Finnish State Art Deposit Collection is one of Finland's largest art collections. It contains approximately 13,300 works from different areas of the arts. Its guiding principle has always been to acquire contemporary art, the most recent works by artists. The purpose of the Finnish State Art Commission is to acquire works of art for state properties and buildings in state use, and to attend to the care of the works in its keeping. This work began in 1956. Artworks are commissioned directly from the artists, acquired through competitions and purchased.

 


9 MARCH 2011

OPENING OF ORNAMO’S ART EXHIBITION

 

Welcome to the opening of Ornamo’s annual sales exhibition of applied arts and one-offs on Thursday, March 10, at 6 pm at the Cable Factory, Helsinki.

Ahokas is represented at the exhibition with a selection of works from his limited, numbered and signed glass series, "Unknown Landscapes”.

 

ORNAMO’S ART EXHIBITION

11. – 20.3.2011

CABLE FACTORY

PURISTAMO

TALLBERGINKATU 1C

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: MON-FRI 12-18, SAT-SUN 11-17

 


11 JANUARY 2011

Part Of The History And Development Of Finnish Design

 

Designs by Ahokas are displayed at the OPEN 140 exhibition, which celebrates the 140 year history of the School of Art and Design in Finland.

Aalto University School of Art and Design is an integral part of the history and development of Finnish design. A special exhibition has opened at the Design Museum during which the history, present day and future of the School of Art and Design are all presented.

 

OPEN 140

JUBILEE EXHIBITION -

SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN SINCE 1871

12.1. – 27.2.2011

DESIGN MUSEUM

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


21 DECEMBER 2010

Featured In Art-Craft-Design

 

Ornamo is a Finnish central organization of designers, founded in 1911. The members of Ornamo are professionals in industrial design, fashion, textile and furniture design, interior architecture, craft art and textile art as well as researchers of design. The first exhibition of the Ornamo’s 100th Anniversary year, showcases the strong professional expertise of its members.

The Designers' Association invited all its members to submit work for the exhibition, and works from 58 designers are featured in the final display. The works chosen for the exhibition emphasize personality, interestingness, and high-quality craftsmanship.

 

ORNAMO PREESENS

ART – CRAFT – DESIGN

100TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION OF THE FINNISH ASSOCIATION OF

DESIGNERS ORNAMO

22.12.2010 – 22.5.2011

THE CRAFT MUSEUM OF FINLAND

KAUPPAKATU 25

JYVÄSKYLÄ, FINLAND

 


1 DECEMBER 2010

Extremes Of The Design Process

 

Welcome to the SOMEDEMOS exhibition opening on Thursday, December 2, at 6 pm!

The SOMEDEMOS exhibition represents products with a commercial and industrial approach, as well as more unique or artistic versions of the same ideas. The exhibition reveals two different extremities of a design process, quoting from the fashion world, prêt-à-porter versus haute couture.

The exhibition is produced by the Design Migration that seeks to provide employment for young designers through opportunities to display prototypes at various events aimed at manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

 

SOMEDEMOS

3. – 30.12.2010

TÄKY-GALLERY

SATAMATIE 10

LAPPEENRANTA, FINLAND

 


11 SEPTEMBER 2010

Published In European Ceramic Context 2010

 

A printed publishing, presenting exhibiting artist in European Ceramic Context 2010 exhibition held at the Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark, with images of their works and a critical note written by the national commissioners.

Ahokas is represented in the category of "New Talent", which presents the best contemporary European ceramics from the emerging professional ceramic artist under the age of 35.

 

EUROPEAN CERAMIC CONTEXT 2010

ED. SUSANNE JØKER JOHNSEN

PUBLISHED BY BORNHOLMS KUNSTMUSEUM

 


10 SEPTEMBER 2010

Represented At A Major European Event In Ceramics IN DENMARK

 

Ahokas takes part in a major European event in ceramics, the European Ceramic Context 2010 held at the Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark. The European Ceramic Context 2010 will present and discuss the state of European Ceramics today.

Ahokas is represented in the exhibition category of "New Talent", which presents the best contemporary European ceramics from the emerging professional ceramic artist under the age of 35.

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition at the Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark on Saturday, September 11, from 3 pm. Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Denmark will attend the opening ceremony.

 

EUROPEAN CERAMIC CONTEXT 2010

11.9. - 7.11.2010

BORNHOLM ART MUSEUM

HELLIGDOMMEN

GUDHJEM, DENMARK

 


4 APRIL 2010

American Crate&Barrel Launches Ahokas’ Designs

 

Crate & Barrel, a 170+ store American chain of retail stores, specializing in housewares, furniture, and home accessories, launches Ahokas' design in cotton sateen tablecloth and napkins.

The many-faceted, striped "Kimara" design by Ahokas expresses a vibrant joy of life, fun games and play – and the shimmering sun on a midsummer’s day, when the pot of gold can be found at the end of the rainbow. Vibrant bands of color on crisp white cotton sateen make Kimara an optimistic, op-art table accent.

 

WWW.CRATEANDBARREL.COM

 


5 MARCH 2010

Published In Finnish Glass Lives 6

 

Ahokas’ glasswork is published in the Finnish Glass Lives 6 publication, which includes exhibitions reported to the Finnish Glass Museum over the past five-year period as well as other important glass-related events, and pictures of new glass products and glass art.

 

FINNISH GLASS LIVES 6

ED. KAISA KOIVISTO

PUBLISHED BY KARISTON KIRJAPAINO OY

 


2 MARCH 2010

Involved With Glass In The Finnish Glass Museum

 

Welcome to the opening of the Finnish Glass Lives 6 exhibition at the Finnish Glass Museum on Thursday, March 3, from 7 pm.

The Finnish Glass Museum is a specialist museum focusing on glass design and the history of glass. The Finnish Glass Museum presents the history of glass dating back over 4,000 years and the 300-year history of Finland’s glass industry. An aspect of this work is the Finnish Glass Lives exhibition, now being held for the sixth time. Finnish Glass Lives 6 covers the years 2005-2010. The selected participants are designers, artists and independent glassmakers all involved professionally with glass.

 

FINNISH GLASS LIVES 6

5.3. - 1.8.2010

THE FINNISH GLASS MUSEUM

TEHTAANKATU 23

RIIHIMÄKI, FINLAND

OPEN: TUE-SUN 10-18

 


17 FEBRUARY 2010

A Major Collaboration In Finnish Contemporary Jewellery

 

Welcome to the KORUT exhibition opening on Thursday, February 18, at 5-7 pm!

KORUT exhibition is a major collaboration in Finnsih jewellery art. The exhibition has been organized by three associations: the Jewellery Art Association, the Finnish Jewelry Artists Association and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo.

The exhibition is a cross-section of contemporary Finnish jewellery art and design showcasing both traditional and experimental works. Ahokas is selected to the exhibition with his jewelry piece "Riite".

 

KORUT

19.2. – 20.3.2010

GALLERY NORSU

KAISANIEMENKATU 9

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


10 SEPTEMBER 2009

Haute Couture In Design Forum

 

Design Migration represents a group of 15 designers. SOMEDEMOS is a show-case of their latest designs and is divided in two exhibitions taking place in Design Forum and at the Habitare 09 Furniture Fairs.

In the exhibitions, design is approached from two different perspectives which form the entity. The products at Habitare represent a more commercial and industrial approach, while the Design Forum products are more unique or artistic versions of the same ideas. The exhibitions reveal two different extremities of a design process, quoting from the fashion world, prêt-à-porter versus haute couture.

SOMEDEMOS is produced by the Design Migration Association established in 2003.

 

SOMEDEMOS

11.9. – 4.10.2009

DESIGN FORUM

EROTTAJANKATU 7

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


8 SEPTEMBER 2009

Launching Prêt-À-Porter At Habitare ’09 Furniture Fairs

 

SOMEDEMOS design exhibition by Design Migration Association at Habitare 09/Ahead! Area at Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre, Finland.

SOMEDEMOS showcases the latest ideas and concepts of young designers in two exhibitions – at Design Forum Finland and Habitare 09 Furniture Fairs. These exhibitions are an entity addressing design from various perspectives. The product ideas on show at Habitare are tailored for commercial application and manufacturing, while the exhibits at Design Forum are wider versions of the same ideas. The exhibitions present in parallel two extremes of the design process, prêt-à-porter vs. haute couture, to quote fashion terminology.

The SOMEDEMOS exhibitions are produced by the Design Migration association, founded in 2003.

 

SOMEDEMOS

9. – 13.9.2009

HABITARE 09 FURNITURE FAIRS

AHEAD! 4B19

HELSINKI EXHIBITION & CONVENTION CENTRE

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


14 AUGUST 2009

Ecological Travelling Bag Collection S/S 2010

 

Ahokas’ collection of ecological traveling bags "Riento" is presented at the professional shoe and bag fairs in Helsinki. The stylish and relaxed collection of four travelling bags is made of bamboo, linen, wood cellulose acetate, cow hide and the cutting leftovers of the leather industry.

 

KENKÄ JA LAUKKU 09

PROFESSIONAL SHOE AND BAG FAIRS

15. - 16.8.2009

PIKKUSATAMAKATU 3-5

WANHA SATAMA

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: SAT 10-18, SUN 10-15

 


26 JUNE 2009

Brand Identity Pattern For The Market Leader In Baking Products

 

Ahokas designs a new brand identity pattern for the Finnish market leader in baking, Sunnuntai.

Ahokas' modern and trendy pattern, based on the luxury of baking, is designed for the Sunnuntai's promotional ware and for the packaging of the baking mix product line. The first product of the series, a patterned steel storage box for flour, will be released during the autumn 2009. The print will be also used in a series of objects for a collecting campaign, including e.g. oven mitten, tray and table runner. The release of the collectables will take place in the beginning of 2010 continuing until the end of the year.

Sunnuntai is a brand of the Raisio Group, which is an international expert in plant-based nutrition. The main products of Raisio include foods and functional food ingredients as well as feeds and malts. Raisio’s activities are based on tasty, ecological, healthy and safe products that meet the customer need. The strategic target of Raisio is to grow organically and through acquisitions. Raisio employs some 1,500 people and operates in 12 countries.

 


27 MAY 2009

Swedish Bemz Launches Ahokas’ Designs

 

Ahokas’ pattern design is now available worldwide as Bemz slipcovers!

Consumers around the world can transform their sofas and chairs with Bemz's new slipcovers in Ahokas’ distinctive bold and bright pattern. Ahokas' design is available in two colourways for a total of over 70 IKEA sofa and chair models, including discontinued models. The colour combinations used in Ahokas’ dynamic and modern design give the pattern a gentler and more subdued quality.

Bemz designs and sells inspirational, stylish and washable slipcovers for sofas, armchairs, barstools and cushions.

 

To order, visit

WWW.BEMZ.COM

 


21 MARCH 2009

The Evolution Of Finnish Chair And Textile Design In Design Museum Gent, Belgium

 

Cool Dozen+, chair and textile design from Finland exhibition is now touring in Design museum Gent, Belgium.

Cool Dozen+ is an energetic and timely selection of Finnish chair and textile design. The exhibition presents the evolution of this area of design – its recent history, icons and new ideas from young rising stars. The selected pairs of chairs and fabrics include designs by Alvar Aalto, Iiro Ahokas, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Antti Nurmesniemi, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Oiva Toikka and Harri Koskinen, among others.

 

COOL DOZEN+

CHAIR AND TEXTILE DESIGN FROM FINLAND

21.3. – 1.6.2009

DESIGN MUSEUM GENT

GENT, BELGIUM

 


Ahokas’ Design Meets Suomen Kerta

 

Ahokas’ pattern design "Kimara" is launched in Suomen Kerta’s paper products.

Suomen Kerta is a Finnish family-owned company offering a wide range of consumer products for the kitchen, the table, and the home. The company manufactures, sells and markets the use of consumer and specialty packaging, paper products, tissue paper and candle products. The objective in purchasing is to strive for environmentally friendly raw materials and in addition packaging materials that are biodegradable or recyclable.

 


25 FEBRUARY 2009

Cool Dozen+ Takes Over In Turkey

 

The city of Izmir is warming up for some Finnish cool, with the city to host a design exhibition from a Nordic country. Cool Dozen+, Chair and Textile Design from Finland exhibition has been organized by the Finnish Embassy and Finnish Honorary Consulate General in Izmir, along with the Izmir Economic University, where the collection will be on display.

Cool Dozen+ is an energetic and timely selection of Finnish chair and textile design. The exhibition presents the evolution of this area of design – its recent history, icons and new ideas from young rising stars. The selected pairs include designs by Alvar Aalto, Iiro Ahokas, Vuokko Numesniemi, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Antti Nurmesniemi, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Oiva Toikka and Harri Koskinen, among others.

 

COOL DOZEN+

CHAIR AND TEXTILE DESIGN FROM FINLAND

26.2. - 7.3.2009

IZMIR UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS

IZMIR, TURKEY

 


10 FEBRUARY 2009

Represented In La Casa Dell'architettura, Rome, Italy

 

Chair and textile design from Finland exhibition is touring in la Casa dell'Architettura in Rome, Italy.

Cool Dozen+ is an energetic and timely selection of Finnish chair and textile design. The exhibition presents the evolution of this area of design – its recent history, icons and new ideas from young rising stars. The selected pairs of chairs and fabrics include designs by Alvar Aalto, Iiro Ahokas, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Antti Nurmesniemi, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Oiva Toikka and Harri Koskinen, among others.

 

VISIT CASA DELL'ARCHITETTURA

 

COOL DOZEN+

CHAIR AND TEXTILE DESIGN FROM FINLAND

11.2. - 8.3.2009

LA CASA DELL'ARCHITETTURA

PIAZZA MANFREDO FANTI 47

ROME, ITALY

 


6 JANUARY 2009

New Products For The Iconic Finnish Brand Marimekko

 

Marimekko launches Ahokas’ interior fabric design "Kimara". The design is produced in two colourways in cotton, in two colourways in cotton hammock, and in two colourways in wool blanket. The many-faceted, striped Kimara design expresses a vibrant joy of life, fun games and play – and the shimmering sun on a midsummer’s day, when the pot of gold can be found at the end of the rainbow.

Marimekko Corporation, established in 1951, is a Finnish textile and clothing design house renowned for its original prints and colours. The company designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items ranging from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories.

 


1 JANUARY 2009

Collaboration With The Market Leader In Confectionery

 

Ahokas designs a vivid print "Dance" for the Finnish confectionery manufacturer, Leaf Finland to be used in their Jenkki VIP-club’s high quality collectables.

Leaf International B.V. is a market leader in candy, chewing gum and pastilles in Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland and Belgium and has a number two position in Norway, Denmark, Belgium and Italy. In total Leaf products are sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. LEAF International is a highly branded company focusing on strong local brands of which many are local icons with a very strong heritage.

 


1 AUGUST 2008

Taschen Calendar Design Now! 2009 Illustrates Ahokas

 

Taschen tear off calendar "Design Now! 2009" illustrates Ahokas’ designs on pages January 1st and 2nd. The calendar features colour images, a big and bold dateline and all national holidays. Comes with a stand in a presentation box.

 

DESIGN NOW!

HARDCOVER TEAR OFF CALENDAR

DAY TO DAY CALENDAR 2009

ED. JUTTA HENDRICKS

PUBLISHED BY TASCHEN GMBH

 


4 DECEMBER 2008

Featured At The Main Event Of Osce Presidency Meeting

 

Ahokas’ print designs are featured at the OSCE Ministerial Meeting – The Main Event of OSCE Presidency Meeting in Finland.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Its mandate includes issues such as arms control and the promoting of human rights, freedom of the press and fair elections. It has 550 staff at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, and 2,300 field staff. It has its origins in the 1975 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) held in Helsinki, Finland.

The OSCE is concerned with early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation. Its 57 participating states are located in Europe, Asia and North America and cover most of the land area of the Northern Hemisphere.

 

OSCE MINISTERIAL MEETING

THE MAIN EVENT OF OSCE PRESIDENCY MEETING IN FINLAND

4. – 5.12.2008

HELSINKI FAIR CENTRE

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


17 JULY 2008

Ahokas’ Pattern Available For Contemporary Flakes Chairs

 

The Flakes chair was created in the spring of 2004 for the Aarhus Art Museum, ARoS, in Denmark. It was designed by the renowned Danish design company shldesign, and manufactured by the Finnish Arvo Piiroinen Oy. Thanks to its elegant design and inspiring materials, the chairs of this collection are of interest to interior designers of public spaces all around the world.

Ahokas’ print design is now available for Flakes chairs on request. The chair belongs to the range of products made by the Arvi Piiroinen Oy (founded 1949), a multi-branch company known for its high-quality surface treatment of metal and the manufacturing of metal components. Its clientele include the electronics and furniture industries. Piiroinen is also a leading manufacturer of furniture for public facilities.

 


11 JUNE 2008

Launching Of Sleeping Lolita – The Pink Thread Collection

 

Ahokas opens a series of exhibitions in SULA shop with his "Sleeping Lolita – the Pink Thread Collection". It is a collection of cushions based on the fabric test colorings created by Ahokas for Marimekko. The colourful pillows have been inspired by Japanese underground street wear & 50’s teenage fashion. Ahokas has implemented each unique pillow himself using pink sewing thread as his signature known from his previous work.

 

SLEEPING LOLITA – THE PINK THREAD COLLECTION

16. 6. – 7.7.2008

SULA SHOP & DESIGN STUDIO

MANNERHEIMINTIE 44

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


9 JUNE 2008

The Museum Of Modern Art New York Celebrates In Ahokas’ Pattern Design

 

The chic and sophisticated overall look of the Party in the Garden, the 40th annual Benefit Gala at MoMA, is created around of Ahokas’ fabric pattern design "Turbulent". The visual look of the event is by David Stark Design.

This annual event benefits the Museum's general operating fund, helping to make possible MoMA’s award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of MoMA’s collection. Attendees include Diane von Furstenberg, Diane Sawyer, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Mayor Bloomberg, Chuck Close, Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes. Following a seated dinner for 1,000 guests, an after party takes place in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden with performances by recording artist M.I.A and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Pat Mahoney.

The event is co-chaired by Agnes Gund, Marie-Josée Kravis and Jo Carole Lauder and is sponsored by The Wall Street Journal and Möet Hennessy USA.

 

CLICK TO SEE A VIDEO: PARTY IN THE GARDEN 2008

 

PARTY IN THE GARDEN

40TH ANNUAL BENEFIT GALA

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NEW YORK, MOMA

10.6.2008

11 WEST FIFTY-THIRD STREET

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 


10 APRIL 2008

Icons And Rising Stars In Paris, France

 

Cool Dozen+, chair and textile design from Finland exhibition is touring in Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication in Paris, France.

Cool Dozen+ is an energetic and timely selection of Finnish chair and textile design. The exhibition presents the evolution of this area of design – its recent history, icons and new ideas from young rising stars. The selected pairs of chairs and fabrics include designs by Alvar Aalto, Iiro Ahokas, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Antti Nurmesniemi, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Oiva Toikka and Harri Koskinen, among others.

 

COOL DOZEN+

CHAIR AND TEXTILE DESIGN FROM FINLAND

11.4. - 9.5.2008

MINISTÈRE DE LA CULTURE ET DE LA COMMUNICATION

PARIS, FRANCE

 


28 MARCH 2008

Interior Textiles For Marimekko – Colourful Autumn 2008 Collection

 

Ahokas has designed a new interior textile pattern "Marmeladi" in linen in three colourways for Marimekko’s autumn 2008 interior fabric collection. The design of the pattern is based on a childhood memory of ice on a rocky cliffside – reminiscent of sweet flowing marmalade.

Marimekko Corporation, established in 1951, is a Finnish textile and clothing design house renowned for its original prints and colors. The company designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items ranging from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories.

 


4 MARCH 2008

Ahokas’ Design At Festival Du Cinéma Nordique In Rouen, France

 

Cool Dozen+, chair and textile design from Finland exhibition is touring in Festival du Cinéma Nordique in Rouen, France.

Cool Dozen+ is an energetic and timely selection of Finnish chair and textile design. The exhibition presents the evolution of this area of design – its recent history, icons and new ideas from young rising stars. The selected pairs of chairs and fabrics include designs by Alvar Aalto, Iiro Ahokas, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Antti Nurmesniemi, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Oiva Toikka and Harri Koskinen, among others.

 

COOL DOZEN+

5.3. - 5.4.2008

FESTIVAL DU CINÉMA NORDIQUE

ROUEN, FRANCE

 


9 NOVEMBER 2007

19 New Arrivals In Dynamic Patterns For Spring 2008

 

Ahokas designs interior design items for Marimekko’s spring collection.

Interior fabric design "Kirsikka", a simplified abstract of clusters of cherries that have fallen to the ground, is produced in three colourways in cotton, in two colourways in upholstery cotton, and in one colourway in PVC-coated cotton. Kirsikka ready-made kitchen accessory products include oven mitten, pot-holder, aprons in two sizes, plywood tray, latte mug, panel curtain and a pillow sham in two colours. The four colourways of this print include sharp shades of red, turquoise and green, gentler and subdued silver grey and lime, as well as elegant steel blue-grey, black and white.

Interior fabric design "Pelimanni", a vivid, fun striped pattern, which gives the impression of ribbons blowing in a dance, is produced in three colourways in cotton and in one colourway in PVC-coated cotton.

Marimekko Corporation, established in 1951, is a Finnish textile and clothing design house renowned for its original prints and colours. The company designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items ranging from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories.

 


NOVEMBER 2007

Ranked In The Year’s Most Ingenious Products

 

I.D. the International Design Magazine, covering the art, business and culture of design, lists Ahokas’ product in the year’s most ingenious products in "New + Notable 2007 – The Year’s Most Ingenious products".

The International Design Magazine notes that Ahokas’ "Turbulent" fabric for the Finnish company Marimekko feels at once retro and futuristic. The flower-like shapes were created to evoke waveforms, like the impression made by the wind.

 


1 NOVEMBER 2007

Listed In The World’s Top Leading Designers

 

Ahokas is published in 2 spreads in Taschen’s "Design Now!". Visually stunning and highly informative, Design Now! illustrates the latest work by 90 of the world’s leading designers and design-led manufacturing companies, while also featuring in-their-own-words statements that give a unique insight into the nature of 3-dimensional design today.

Not only an in-depth exploration of contemporary design practice, Design Now! is also a rallying call for a more sustainable approach to product design of every type. Additionally, the editors’ introductory essay authoritatively outlines the main issues facing designers, manufacturers and consumers, and offers a perceptive vision for a better way forward that focuses on the need to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Design Now! is an essential must-have for anyone interested in design and the road towards a greener future.

 

DESIGN NOW!

ED. CHARLOTTE & PETER FIELL

BILINGUAL EDITION; ENGLISH, GERMAN AND FRENCH

HARDCOVER 560 PAGES

PUBLISHED BY TASCHEN GMBH

 


13 SEPTEMBER 2007

Big Is Beautiful! - Broadsheet Cover In Helsingin Sanomat

 

Ahokas’ pattern design "Vanitas" stands tall today in the Helsingin Sanomat broadsheet format cover. Helsingin Sanomat is the largest subscription newspaper in Finland and the Nordic countries.

 


2 AUGUST 2007

7 New Interior Products Added To Marimekko’s Collections

 

Ahokas designs interior fabric "Vanitas" for Marimekko’s autumn in five colourways and in ready-made collection products.

The Vanitas design by Iiro A. Ahokas is a joyous, richly overflowing fruit basket, full of autumn delicacies. The design’s picturesque look and large size make it a particularly impressive example of printed textile art. The colourings feature a tangy green and an autumn brown.

Marimekko Corporation, established in 1951, is a Finnish textile and clothing design house renowned for its original prints and colours. The company designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items ranging from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories.

 


29 APRIL 2007

Ahokas’ Design In Eurovision Song Contest Helsinki 2007

 

Ahokas’ fabric design "Turbulent" is used in the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union.

The contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.

 

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST HELSINKI 2007

30.4. – 13.5.2007

GREEN ROOM INFORMATION POINT

LASIPALATSI FILM AND MEDIA CENTRE

INNER WARD

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


SUOMEN KERTA LAUNCHES TURBULENT DESIGN

 

Ahokas’ pattern design is launched in two different sizes in Suomen Kerta’s paper products.

Suomen Kerta is a Finnish family-owned company offering a wide range of consumer products for the kitchen, the table, and the home. The company manufactures, sells and markets the use of consumer and specialty packaging, paper products, tissue paper and candle products. The objective in purchasing is to strive for environmentally friendly raw materials and in addition packaging materials that are biodegradable or recyclable.

 


25 JANUARY 2007

Launching Of 6 New Products For Marimekko S/S 2007

 

Marimekko is launching Ahokas’ fabric pattern design "Turbulent" in 4 colourways in cotton, in PVC-coated cotton and as a bed cover.

Marimekko Corporation, established in 1951, is a Finnish textile and clothing design house renowned for its original prints and colours. The company designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items ranging from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories.

 

WWW.MARIMEKKO.COM

 


24 NOVEMBER 2006

Campaign For Mugi Couture In Berlin, Germany

 

Ahokas photographs the latest campaign for Mugi couture. The campaign with a tribute to times gone by takes its inspiration from the journeys to some of the most romantic capitals and locations worldwide.

Mugi couture is a registered fashion label, which was originally established in Malta in the year 2000.

 


27 SEPTEMBER 2006

Designpartners06 Exhibition

 

Ahokas’ new printed fabric design "Turbulent" is exhibited at the Designpartners06 event at the Cable Factory cultural centre in Helsinki. The exhibition is the culmination of the second international Helsinki Design Week festival.

 

DESIGNPARTNERS06

28. – 30.9.2006

CABLE FACTORY

MARIMEKKO’S EXHIBITION STAND

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


19 MAY 2006

Appointed As Creative Design Director Of Artbar71 Gmbh, Berlin, Germany

 

Iiro A. Ahokas becomes the Creative Design Director of the Artbar71 GmbH. In his role of Creative Design Director, Ahokas will be interpreting, developing, and implementing the unifying themes relevant to the company in exterior, interior, permanent, stationary, travelling, in-house, for-the-press, and in global and local levels.

7 global locations situated in major city capital city centers. Every ArtBar will be a whole building renovated to serve as an Art Forum/Space, Bar/Lounge, Featured Artist-in Residence Flat, Gallery, and Design/Lifestyle Center. ArtBar71 will serve as a Stammtisch or local Hub for art and culture in each selected city. It will serve as a reference point, a resource point, and a contact source point in many different areas of art and cultural industry and professions.

Art/Talent/Resources will be drawn from the local community to create a unique environ critical to the authenticity of each ArtBar. Art/Cultural Programs will be rotated from one ArtBar to the next, exhibiting works and shows until each has made a complete circle around the globe. ArtBar71 strives to bring Art and Culture to the public and private sectors in a fun, non-pressure way mixing socially engaging activities to showcase the selected art and other forms of cultural expressions. The function of the ArtBar and Lounge is to cover the majority of the operating expenses, thereby leaving the pleasure of enjoying artistic expression unhindered by that of the pressure to sell sell sell.

ArtBar is a compassion-driven company and will use certain proceeds to give back to each of its local communities and the global community in an effort to work towards the elimination of certain social ills such as Poverty, AIDS and HIV Prevention, Homelessness, Abuse, and many others are issues that plague the global society. ArtBar71 supports the fight against the spread of such ills.

 


3 APRIL 2006

The Prize-Winning Design In "Design, Meet The User!" Competition

 

Ahokas’ design concept "Olon muodot" was awarded the Third Prize in a competition aimed to promote good Finnish design. The jury consisted of James Irvine, Ilkka Suppanen, Katja Lindroos, Kirsti Paakkanen, Saara Renvall, Kirsi Valanti and Marja Hinttula.

At the end of 2005, which was the year of design in Finland, Marimekko Corporation launched a design competition entitled Design, meet the user!. The purpose of the competition was to generate new designs for interior fabrics and ready-made products that would fit in with Marimekko's product portfolio. The competition was organized together with the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo, and it was open to all designers and design students residing in Finland. A total of 1,216 entries were submitted.

Marimekko Corporation, established in 1951, is a Finnish textile and clothing design house renowned for its original prints and colours. The company designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items ranging from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories.

 


1 NOVEMBER 2005

The Final Reception Of The European Academy Of Arts In Berlin, Germany

 

Invitation to the Final Reception of the European Academy of Arts. You are warmly invited to the subsequent champagne reception on Thursday, November 10, at 7 pm, at the Concert Hall of the UdK Berlin.

Works by the three fellowship holders, Iiro A. Ahokas and Martin Boyce are exhibited in the downstairs foyer of the Concert Hall with compositions by Yan Maresz.

 

EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF ARTS EXHIBITION

2. - 9.11.2005

THE BERLIN UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS CONCERT HALL

HARDENBERGSTRASSE

BERLIN, GERMANY

OPEN DAILY 16-20

 


13 MAY 2005

Published In Finnish Glass Lives 5

 

Ahokas’ glasswork is published in the Finnish Glass Lives 5 publication, which includes exhibitions reported to the Finnish Glass Museum over the past five-year period as well as other important glass-related events, and pictures of new glass products and glass art.

 

FINNISH GLASS LIVES 5

EDS. H. VIILOMAA & K. KOIVISTO

PUBLISHED BY RIIHIMÄEN KIRJAPAINO OY

 


10 MAY 2005

ExHibition Opening Party At The Finnish Glass Museum

 

Welcome to the opening of the glass exhibition at the Finnish Glass Museum on Thursday, May 11, from 7 pm.

The Finnish Glass Museum is a national specialist museum focusing on the documentation of Finnish glass. An aspect of this work is the Finnish Glass Lives exhibition, now being held for the fifth time. Finnish Glass Lives 5 covers the years 2000-2004. The participants are designers, artists and independent glassmakers all involved professionally with glass. The exhibition is a part of the Design Year 2005 events.

 

FINNISH GLASS LIVES 5

13.5. - 11.9.2005

THE FINNISH GLASS MUSEUM

TEHTAANKATU 23

RIIHIMÄKI, FINLAND

OPEN DAILY 10-18

 


14 FEBRUARY 2005

The European Academy Of Arts Scholarship Award Winner

 

Ahokas has won the notorious 32.000,00 EUR "European Academy of Arts / Europäisches Kolleg der Künste" Scholarship awarded by Audi AG and The Berlin University of the Arts. The scholarship programme for highly ambitious and talented artists is designed to become the outstanding art award for the new Europe.

The European Academy of Arts embodies Audi's desire to forge links between industrial activity, mobility, high technology and artistic contemplation. In addition, Audi is helping the cultures of Europe to grow closer together by actively promoting the arts.

Besides Ahokas, the other scholarship holders are the Scottish artist Martin Boyce and the French composer Yan Maresz. The scholarship holders get and the chance to work and artistically progress in Berlin and Ingolstadt for a period of nine months and implement their ideas creatively and further develop them in an interdisciplinary context. With their artistic works in fine art, design and composition, they will shape the profile of the Academy as the first generation. For the Berlin University of the Arts, this represents a further contribution to cooperation that transcends the traditional borders between disciplines and countries.

The high-caliber jury was composed of the following members: Walter Maria de Silva; head of Audi brand group design, artist Rebecca Horn, the painter and sculptor Markus Lüpertz, the conductor Kent Nagano, and the composer Aribert Reimann.

 


15 JANUARY 2005

A Review Of Young Design

 

Ahokas’ design "Cyber" has been selected in YOUNG FORUM 04 – A Review of New Names and Fresh Ideas From Finland.

The exhibition participants come from the fields of design in fashion, textiles, furniture and jewellery, as well as industrial and graphic design. The result is an interesting ensemble of works reflecting the lifestyles, values and professional identities to today’s young designers.

The YOUNG FORUM exhibitions have become an important nationwide forum for presenting the works of young designers, who receive a considerable amount of public attention.

 

YOUNG FORUM 04

16.1. - 27.2.2005

KAJAANI MUSEUM OF ART

LINNANKATU 14

KAJAANI, FINLAND

 


18 OCTOBER 2004

Published By Thames&Hudson

 

Ceramic Art in Finland – A Contemporary Tradition, is the first comprehensive work on this subject. In a series of essays, experts in the field cover a broad spectrum of Finnish ceramic art, its pioneers, personalities, techniques and unique works. From the late 19th-century masters of ceramic art, through the internationally renowned designers of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, to the emerging talents of the 21st century, this volume re-evaluates the importance of clay as an artistic medium and affirms its position in the history of art.

 

CERAMIC ART IN FINLAND -

A CONTEMPORARY TRADITION

ED. ÅSA HELLMAN

PUBLISHED BY THAMES & HUDSON

THE ART BOOK WINNER OF THE YEAR

 


1 OCTOBER 2004

The World Showcase Of Contemporary Glass Art In Japan

 

Ahokas is selected in the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2004 with his contemporary glass art piece "Neck of Eternity".

The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, first established in 1984 as the world’s only international glass exhibition with a public call for entry. In each of the past events, the exhibition drew many excellent works from about 40 countries around the world, and it has been highly recognized as the world showcase of contemporary glass art.

 

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF GLASS KANAZAWA 2004

2.10. - 15.11.2004

NOTOJIMA GLASS ART MUSEUM

125-10 KODA, NOTOJIMA-MACHI

ISHIKAWA, JAPAN

OPEN: DAILY 9-17

 


25 AUGUST 2004

The International Exhibition Of Glass Kanazawa 2004 In Japan

 

Ahokas is selected in the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2004 with his contemporary glass art piece "Neck of Eternity".

The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, first established in 1984 as the world’s only international glass exhibition with a public call for entry. In each of the past events, the exhibition drew many excellent works from about 40 countries around the world, and it has been highly recognized as the world showcase of contemporary glass art.

 

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF GLASS KANAZAWA 2004

26. - 31.8.2004

KANAZAWA KORINBO DAIWA

8F EXHIBITION HALL

1-1-1 KORINBO, KANAZAWA

ISHIKAWA, JAPAN

OPEN: DAILY 10-19

 


10 JUNE 2004

New Names & Fresh Ideas At Young Forum 04

 

Ahokas’ design "Cyber" is selected in "YOUNG FORUM 04" – A Review of New Names and Fresh Ideas From Finland.

YOUNG FORUM exhibition participants come from the fields of design in fashion, textiles, furniture and jewellery, as well as industrial and graphic design. The result is an interesting ensemble of works reflecting the lifestyles, values and professional identities to today’s young designers.

The exhibitions have become an important nationwide forum for presenting the works of young designers, who receive a considerable amount of public attention.

 

YOUNG FORUM 04

11.6. - 5.9.2004

DESIGN FORUM

SANOMA HOUSE

MANNERHEIMINAUKIO 3

HELSINKI, FINLAND

 


16 MAY 2004

Finnish Ceramics & Glass Design Touring In China

 

The Chinese porcelain production has its 1000 years’ celebration in Jingdezhen in 2004. The University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland honours this event by bringing to China an exhibition of Finnish Ceramic and Glass Design.

Porcelain-making was introduced in Europe only four hundred years ago and in the year 1873 the first porcelain production begun in Finland. This exhibition brings back to China ideas that designers and artist have developed in the spirit of modern design often inspired by classical Chinese objects of Song Dynasty.

Finnish designers are often inspired by forms of nature, they tackle problems of social responsibility and technical innovations or look for challenges of changing lifestyles. For this exhibition it was chosen some important classic designs from Finnish designers and looked how young graduates of the School of Design have been inspired by the same matters. This gives an idea of the future of Finnish design.

 

FINNISH CERAMICS & GLASS DESIGN

TOURING IN:

 

30.5. - 28.6.2004

JINGDEZHEN CERAMIC INSTITUTE

CHINA

 

17. – 21.5.2004

ACADEMY OF ART & DESIGN OF TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

CHINA

 


16 JANUARY 2003

A Century Of Finnish Ceramics In Finnish Museum Of Art And Design

 

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition at the Finnish Museum of Art and Design on Thursday, January 16, from 6-8 pm.

In 1902 Alfred William Finch (1854–1930) laid the basis for ceramic art and design in Finland. In association with the Finnish Museum of Art and Design, the University of Art and Design Helsinki has prepared an exhibition on the teaching and achievements of Finnish ceramists in the field of art and design. The exhibition is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

 

A CENTURY OF FINNISH CERAMICS –

THE LEGACY OF A. W. FINCH

17.1. - 16.3.2003

FINNISH MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN

KORKEAVUORENKATU 23

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: WED-SUN 11-18, TUE 11-20

 


11 MAY 2002

A Major Review Of Contemporary Finnish Design

 

FINDESIGNNOW 02 – a twin exhibition presenting a major review of contemporary Finnish design.

Over 230 objects and products by almost 200 designers are featured at Findesignnow 02, a major exhibition of design to be held in Helsinki and Fiskars. It continues a series of jury-selected exhibitions that have become a tradition in their own right and presents a wide range of high-quality Finnish design from over the past three years.

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition at Fiskars on Saturday, May 11, at 2 pm!

 

FINDESIGNNOW 02

12.5. - 29.9.2002

GRANARY FISKARS, FINLAND

OPEN DAILY 11-18

 


1 MAY 2002

Ahokas’ Photography Series Of Edible Beauty In Image Magazine

 

Ahokas shoots an experimental series of photographs of eatable food vessels for IMAGE Magazine. With his photography Ahokas makes the art of food and redefines the meaning of disposable containers and paperware in a brand new light.

 

WWW.IMAGE.FI

 


16 NOVEMBER 2001

Forces Of Light City Festival Brings Light In The Darkness

 

Ahokas’ lightings, "Eclipse" and "Hazard" are presented at Forms of the Light lighting exhibition at Skanno.

Forms of the Light exhibition is an official part of the Forces of Light event. “Forces of Light is an integrated development, in which a variety of factors come together: economic, environmental, social and cultural – and is at once an example of the concept of cultural planning in action, a tourist attraction and a holistic approach to light. Almost any setting serves as a venue for the festival, from shops and galleries to streets, parks and museums, even factories and construction sites. Today the festival not only generates a whole series of local project, but also attracts international collaboration – as well as acting as a brand-name for Helsinki” – Charles Landry, 2000. The Creative City.

 

FORMS OF THE LIGHT

LIGHTING EXHIBITION

17.11.2001 – 10.1.2002

SKANNO

KLUUVIKATU 4

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: MON-FRI 11-19, SAT 10-17

 


24 SEPTEMBER 2001

Sok Art Collections Acquires Ahokas’ Ceramic Sculpture

 

The Art Collections of SOK purchases Ahokas’ ceramic wall sculpture "Volumes", and places it on public display at the Headquarter of SOK in Helsinki.

The S Group is a Finnish retailing cooperative organization founded in 1904. It consist of 22 regional cooperatives operating all around Finland in the markets for groceries, consumer durables, service station, hotel and restaurant services, agricultural supplies, and car sale. The group has business in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. SOK holds a glorious history of around 90 years as an art patron in Finland. As a company it is one of the oldest art supporters and a purposeful art collection contributors in Finland.

 


6 SEPTEMBER 2001

Retrospective Solo Exhibition

 

Welcome to the opening of the VOLUMES, a tongue-in-cheek 5 years retrospective solo exhibition at SOK Corporation Headquarter, Helsinki on Wednesday, October 3, from 6-8 pm.

The exhibition presents Ahokas’ works from the past 5 years period of time, including unique ceramic and glass art objects as well as wall sculptures, tableware and lightings.

 

VOLUMES

3. - 24.10.2001

S-GALLERIA

SOK CORPORATION HEADQUARTER

FLEMINGINKATU 34

HELSINKI, FINLAND

OPEN: MON-FRI 8-18