Aalto University students design chairs from blue plywood

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Viima by Anni Pitkäjärvi
Viima by Anni Pitkäjärvi

Aalto University students design chairs from bright blue plywood

Stockholm 2015: furniture design students from Helsinki's Aalto University have used blue-coloured plywood and black tubular steel to form sculptural chair prototypes.

Canneloni by Fanni Suvila
This image: Canneloni by Fanni Suvila. Main image: Viima by Anni Pitkäjärvi

A total of 14 students on Aalto University's Furniture Design MA course presented their chairs in the Greenhouse area for emerging designers at Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this month.

Each of the concepts in the Ultramarine collection explored the form of a chair and its functionality, using only lightweight plywood and 15-millimetre steel tubes.

Röd by Anna Spaak
Röd by Anna Spaak

The collection was named after the shade of blue that has been used to paint the plywood – a facsimile of a rare pigment favoured by Cennino Cennini, the 15th century painter and author of Il Libro dell' Arte, a handbook for early Renaissance art.

Yin-yang by Hao Wu
Yin-yang by Hao Wu

"The 1.5-millimetre plywood used for the chairs was manufactured in Finland from Finnish birch trees," said university lecturer Martin Relander.

Suspenders by Henri Judin
Suspenders by Henri Judin

"There is probably no better material in existence for making light armchair prototypes," Relander said.

Auvo by Ines Wartiainen
Auvo by Ines Wartiainen

The designs ranged from Ines Wartianen's Auvo design that looks like a huge pair of lips, to Joel Klemetti's Taipuva in which the back and seat are made from one sweeping curve of plywood doubling back on itself.

Taipuva by Joel Klemetti
Taipuva by Joel Klemetti

Fanni Suvila's Canneloni is a cube-shaped steel-tubing frame with plywood tubes across opposing corners.

Jumper by Anna Lampinen
Jumper by Anna Lampinen

Other students, including Elina Ulvio and Mirella Peltonen, used the blue wood as simple intersecting planks or planes resting against each other for the seat.

2plue by Mirella Peltonen
2plue by Mirella Peltonen

The material's flexibility was exploited by Veera Luostarinen, who curved the thin sheets to create a cupping shape, and Anni Pitkäjärvi, whose design works like a paper cone.

Crook by Veera Luostarinen
Crook by Veera Luostarinen

"It is an extremely durable yet also mouldable material, which was first made use of in aircraft construction during World War II," said Relander.

Kiiski by Elina Ulvio
Kiiski by Elina Ulvio

All the prototypes were created by Relander's first year master's students, with help from the carpentry and metallurgy workshop supervisors and professor Jouko Järvisalo, and assistant Noora Liesimaa.

Railo by Hanna Särökaari
Railo by Hanna Särökaari

"Their work put emphasis on the cornerstones of furniture design: structure, design, purpose of use, and, most important of all, the designer's personal artistic expression," said a statement from the university.

Levity by Zsuzanna Horvath
Levity by Zsuzsanna Horvath

"The well-functioning workshop and good technical appliances and resources enable the development of and experimentation with material-working skills, but at the same time students get to develop their thinking about design," added Professor Järvisalo.

Aura by Ariane Relander
Aura by Ariane Relander

Other designs presented at this year's Greenhouse included furniture for compact living, and a collection of wooden home products and metal lighting.