ESTONIA /
CAN YOU FEEL IT?

CURATED BY KAI LOBJAKAS & ANNE VETIK

We are forced to live through screens. Things that should be touched, smelt, hugged, hit with a baseball bat, we can only see them now. Not even see them, but pixels forming images of them with the help of a computer brain.

Suddenly, you understand how much you miss human interaction in general, the mundane details of it. Like going shopping, a most banal experience. Walking into the store, looking at stuff, choosing something you like, taking it to the cashier, taking it home, making it a part of your life, or a part of yourself even, if it’s food. We’re in a new situation, where making a relationship with an object is changing.

In design, this new way of forming a relationship with the environment is manifesting most clearly. Estonian design has always been in touch with its traditions and roots, focused on being real; doing the job without fuss and pathos. Now we’re approaching a new era, in which objects and designs have to be louder and more intricate to get attention. Stories, the selected designers are telling, are still rooted in the basics of being human – every once in a while everyone receives a box, wears hats and everyone could break a bone – but they reimagine and re-contextualize those mundane objects and situations in new and exciting ways.

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DARJA POPOLITOVA /
“SAVE AS……” COLLECTION

While making the “Save As……” collection, I thought about how the jewelry industry has changed since the Internet and digital technologies entered the everyday. The jewelry piece on the Internet spreads itself as a ready-made — as a 3D file accessible to anyone at any place. This accessibility intrigued me. I created this collection of silver rings while interpreting the current cultural situation.

The idea of using ready-mades in art is not new. Dadaists were famous for using technologically produced objects for their collages and installations. I also used the ready-mades, but in the digital dimension as well as in the context of contemporary jewelry art. Usually, the jewelry’s digital ready-mades are conventional — commercial jewelry — polished metal decorations with stones. I utilised these 3D files for the sake of new pieces. I modified and distorted them in order to see what would happen: would they acquire a new meaning entering the 3D software again but in a more mannered and sarcastic way?

The rings were 3D printed out of silver dust. My partners are CloudFactory in Tallinn, Estonia. They are the first guys in the world who offer this technique (direct silver 3D printing) as a service. The names of the rings come from the spontaneous act of tapping on the keyboard — as an illustration of the process of saving a file without any rational effort to name it. This piece can be ordered at any size and received in two-three weeks.

€ 379 ex. VAT
OPEN EDITION

Full dimensions (cm)2x2x2
Weight (kg)0.03
Material925 silver

JOHANNA ULFSAK /
“IRL” RUG

“IRL”, as in “in real life”, depicts a scenery familiar to the approximately 8 million people who used to fly on a daily bases. Through thick plexiglass, the same view reveals itself every single time — an almost biblical and cartoonish panorama of clouds and changing landscapes. This spectacular, yet commonplace display of a gradient sky accompanied by an aluminium-grey wing indicates a lifestyle we started to define as accessibility. Behind the apparent calm used to lie bewildering thoughts and existential reflections on the environmental shifts of present times, now taken over by a longing for elsewhere. The motionless arrangement of organic objects in nature morte seen from the window of a plane has become to represent privilege and longing, a self-created sense of freedom in its entire absurdity.

This detail-rich picture has been hand-knotted by craftsmen in Nepal.

€ 9000 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)210x180x1
Weight (kg)13
MaterialHimalayan Wool

KADI ADRIKORN /
“HOOF” HEADWEAR

“Hoof 3” is a unisex headwear model created as a part of a 3-piece headwear collection, “Hello ODD”, in 2018. The collection focuses on recognisable headwear shapes that accentuate authority – bringing them into the everyday world to be worn and empower the wearer.

The headwear piece is designed to be worn in different positions: back to front, tilted to the side, or any other position found suitable. The block of this headwear model is hand-carved, the material is black rabbit fur felt and lining viscose gross-grain ribbon. It is suitable for head circumference 56-59.

Size customisation available.

€ 376 ex. VAT
OPEN EDITION

Full dimensions (cm)23x21x12
Weight (kg)0.1
Materialrabbit fur feltViscose

KRISTA LEESI /
HERRINGBONE

The source of inspiration for the Herringbone project is traditional herringbone fabric and its design principle. The classic herringbone fabric has a broken twill weave pattern resembling the skeleton of a herring. The fabric is usually woolen and is one of the most popular fabrics used for suits and outerwear.

Leesi’s herringbone version is a photorealistic fabric where the zigzag pattern creating the optical effect is made out of images of herrings (Clupea harengus). On the new version of the herringbone coat, the pattern created by synchronized swimming, as is characteristic of schooling fish, is transferred onto the garment.

COAT: € 1018 ex. VAT
SUIT: €1111 ex. VAT
OPEN EDITIONS

Full dimensions (cm)116x50x5
Weight (kg)1
MaterialNeoprene

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“The pieces in the collection all are in tune with the new reality we live in; [the] designers explore new possibilities and ways of being, but also refuse to not look back to the past.”

– Kai Lobjakas & Anne Vetik, curator of the Estonian collection, “Can You Feel It?”

MARET SARAPU /
CLOSET OSTRICH / BLUE

Artwork includes Glass object (fusing, cold working) & lenticular print of the same object
Small glass object 7,5 x 5 x 3,5 cm. Lenticular print 94 x 73 cm.

These works hide and conceal, but mainly themselves. While they are eye-catching and purposefully beautiful, they are not easily grasped. As the viewer moves in space and time, the pieces, too, change in an instant. Here, glass attaches the world to itself but fragments the surroundings and flings out new reflections and shapes – it is the dynamic nature of beauty that makes it so captivating. There is no hierarchy between big and small, detail and whole – a fragment can become a whole world, and the whole world can appear in a shimmer of light, both equally deserving attention.

€ 6000 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)7,5 x 5 x 3,5, 94 x 73
Weight (kg)3
MaterialGlassPlastic

RAILI KEIV /
“THE SHIFT” VASES

The Shift is a sculptural vase with a combination of controlled shape and uncontrollable pattern. The circle is a perfect shape, yet constricting in its infinite cyclicalness. While searching for the way out of this constrictedness, I asked myself how to liberate the circle from its own vicious circle and what this will involve. The process involves mold making, marbling clay, and casting. The matte surface is polished. Every marbled piece has different patterns and shades of gray.

€ 150-180 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION

Full dimensions (cm)26×11
Weight (kg)1
MaterialStoneware

SIIM KARRO /
MYCE STOOL

Stool made from mushroom mycelium-based biomaterial. The seat is formed from hardwood sawdust and mycelium which acts as a binder that joins the seat with the wooden legs. It takes around four weeks to grow a chair in laboratory conditions.

The biomaterial is fire-resistant, lightweight with varying tactile and visual properties.

€ 625 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECES

Full dimensions (cm)32x32x45
Weight (kg)3.2
MaterialMyceliumWood

TIINA SARAPU /
CASE STUDY

An immense amount of crates travel all over the world each day. Things are packed and unpacked, into larger and smaller units. A logistical machine that drains the Earth. Relocation. Systematisation. Organizing. Doubt. What and where?

I have been interested in the feelings that crates with different sizes and shapes arouse in us: removal crate, casket, trunk, ballot box, display cabinet, shoe box, jewellery casket, etc. Enticing? Dangerous? Exciting? They can either hide something horrible or something wonderful.

The more finitely and securely the crates are closed, the more forcefully does the encased want to emerge. A system appealing to transparency might not be translucent. Something important will forever be hidden in reflections or obscure corners. We see deformations, desires and self-reflections.

The most compelling segment of these case studies is associated with space, light, and glass, at the intersection of ethics and aesthetics.

€ 4800 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECES

Full dimensions (cm)60x45x21
Weight (kg)7
MaterialGlassplywood

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