Series of Popcorn Bowls (2006 – 2014): a study of porcelain and experimental material use. I made the first Popcorn bowls while still studying. The ceramic studio at Arabia occasionally filled with the smell of popcorn as I used the common kitchen’s microwave to pop up my material. I heard afterwards from other students that they thought I had gone mad – making real popcorn transformed into porcelain.
photos: Chikako Harada
photos: Fabian Björk
Masters of Arts exhibition 2011: Thesis work for Aalto University, department of Applied Art and Design. Shadows & Threads’ is above all a never ending process, which creates continual or unwinding spaces. It is a series of sculptures, constructed of forgotten threads and lampshades. Objects are frozen in the moment of observation, they are evidence of the comfort to be found in repetition. The literary part of this work is a series of letters written and sent to people who have had an important role in my work.This work is an end and a beginning – thus it is also a reminder of the fact that everything is connected. Clarity and chaos – reason and feeling.
photo: Veera Kulju
film and photo: Fabian Björk
Kulju ❤ Mander
Nowadays making decisions is tricky. There’s never enough time and things just seem to linger. The Decider is a candle holder, which introduces destiny to the game and will decide for you. Switch off the lights, light the candles and wait. The flickering flames slow down the pace. In the end, your answer is lit. “Yes” or “No”
photo: Paavo Martikainen
Raivio & Kulju projects ❤
Old leather jackets find a new function as a handmade unique carpet or blanket. This work interferes in the cycle of used material by utilising its charasteristics and qualities. The final product is taken out of original context but some subtle clues
remain. From the Sea-series has been exhibited in FennoFolk exhibition at the Design Museum in Helsinki (2008), DMY-Berlin (2011), Finnish Design Unwrapped exhibition both at London Design week (2012) and at Helsinki Design Museum (2012), A mini world design exhibition Everyday Discoveries as a part of the Design capital in 2012.
photo: Aki-Pekka Sinikoski
RAIVIO & KULJU is an art and design group, formed in 2006 when Päivi and Veera met while studying in the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Raivio & Kulju´s work has elements of both art and design and their work combines function, aesthetics and most importantly experimental approach to aspects such as making or manufacturing, use and function.
They design objects to stage situations and fantasies in which they use conjecture, even gallows humour, to question general conventions and familiar associations. They create tensions by stretching the boundaries of the practical and by boldly combining and reforming materials. They wander about in the familiar world of objects by shaping the mass into things one-off and unique, by working the durable to become fragile, and errors into ornament.
I was working for Teemu Järvi’s brand for a year in 2015. Developing concept and products, planning and producing publication, brand photoshoots and exhibitions, planning and being in charge of sales, coordinating collaborations and creating new ones.
We worked in collaboration with ARTEK, HABITARE, Helsinki Design Week, Susanna Vento, LOKAL, Papershop, My o My, Monoqi, National Museum of Finland / Seurasaari Open – Air Museum, Finnish Design Shop…
In to the Wild with Teemu here!
Photoshoot at Seurasaari Open-Air museum and Nuuksio forest. Talented photographer Unto Rautio, styling Teemu Järvi & Veera Kulju.
Collaboration 1 & 2 from many with amazing Susanna Vento. Photos and styling Susanna Vento.