What a Company!

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

Secrets of Russia at the Kiasma contemporary museum of art

I first saw Aamu/heard of Company at the London design festival two years ago and was really intrigued by her and Johan's work. Last year, their Reddress was exhibited at York hall during the London design festival ( see my first blog entry here), which was one of the most stunning installations of the festival.

In Helsinki, I went to their Salakauppa/ Secret shop ( it's actually not so secretive!) and the couple happened to be there ( it turned out that their staff was sick that day). Soon I started talking to them and ended up having a very interesting but random conversation on Russia, Finnish, Asians and Bethnal Green!


Salakauppa/ Secret shop and Aamu


Aamu and Johan are not only warm and genuine, they are also one of the most creative and quirky designer team working today. At their shop, I bought a booklet called 'Secrets of Helsinki' (with cute illustrations), which documented their journey seeking the manufacturers and makers still working in Helsinki today. This journey also inspired them to launch a new range of products that are being sold at their shop.

Meanwhile, at the Kiasma museum of contemporary art not far from the shop, there is the Camouflage exhibition ( until 7th October) exhibiting their 'Secrets of Russia'. They told me that they made a similar journey to the countryside of Russia seeking manufacturers and makers, and they came up with a limited-edition of Russian-inspired products for the exhibition.

I love their enthusiasm and respect for traditional crafts and techniques, yet they are also able to inject their own humour and quirkiness into the products making them truly one of a kind.


Cute Russian-inspired products


If you happen to visit Helsinki, a visit to their shop is a must!

Salakauppa/ Secret shop: Postikatu 1, Helsinki



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