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Sini Majuri Designs


Sini Majuri Designs

Today's featured designer is Sini Majuri. Sini Majuri is the creator of iconic designs such as Jungle.

We had the rare opportunity to interview the exalted designer Sini Majuri who was recently announced as the Designer of the Day by the A' Design Award and Competition. Sini Majuri is the creator of iconic designs such as Jungle. We got exclusive answers to our questions about Sini Majuri designs and design philosophy.
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Sini Majuri, how did you become a designer?
Sini Majuri : My background is in fashion design. In 2008 my installation was in the same exhibition next to a glass sculpture by iconic Finnish designer Oiva Toikka - and it was love at first sight. From there on I have been approaching the glass material from the viewpoint of Scandinavian tradition, combining it to modern 3D-design.

The emphasis in my design philosophy is the desire to create objects, which get their value from timeless design, high quality materials and unique ideas. The objects are more than mere interior objects. For example the trick in my Mountain series is the cold mark of glass. It gives the objects their inimitable surface structure – like the finger print of an object. Thus, each object has a unique character, a soul. By connecting mountains, it is possible to build mountain ranges, mental landscapes made of glass. ...
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Sini Majuri, what are your priorities, technique and style when designing?
Sini Majuri : Sini Majuri Glass Design creates interior design objects, custom made light sculptures and limited edition series of household glass. Being a small design studio is a strength, because it makes it possible to offer exclusiveness. Every item is shaped by hand, signed and numbered. My products can be seen as collectable design.

In a way glass is one of the key technologies that modern science has evolved from – through the invention of the lens. Glass is a medium that can be weightless and strong at the same time. It bends light and has interesting optical properties. So, when working with glass, I have a wild material that is like no other. This makes it a perfect medium for creating something poetic.
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Sini Majuri, which emotions do you feel when designing?
Sini Majuri : Sometimes design process have private and deep levels of emotion. For example one of my light sculptures, Polar Night, represents the hope in the dark moments of life. I made it during the process of slowly losing my friend to ALS. So valuableness of time and feeling of letting go has been the origin of the sculpture. I wanted to reflect how silence of the calm winter landscapes of Lapland reflected my inner world. I used free-formed blown glass with Incalmo technique, metal and wood.

As a natures phenomenon Polar Night occurs when the sun stays under the horizon the whole day, day after day. But there is never completely dark, because snow reflects the light that remains. When there is only a small amount of light, it becomes sacred. ...
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Sini Majuri, what particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
Sini Majuri : My roots are in the countryside of Finland. I spent my childhood in Suonenjoki, a small town in Northern Savonia that is World famous for its annual Strawberry Festivals. I lived in an old farmhouse from the 19th century surrounded by strawberry fields and paddocks for horses. Our farm is by the lake with crystal clear water that you can even drink as such. The purity of my childhood landscapes still inspires me in my art.

Studies of ceramics and glass design influence my art in many different ways. For example I learned to blow glass in Aalto University and fell in love with this medium that acts like hot lava. But to be honest, my first day in glass studio was not very elegant. I spilled hot glass on top of a pair of gloves laying on a floor. They burst into flames and smoked like crazy! I stomped on them only melting a hole in to my shoe. After all this was a good lesson. I learned that glass is like a wild animal that you need to tame. If you don’t pay attention to it, it will escape. ...
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Sini Majuri, what are your advice to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
Sini Majuri : I believe that one key to success is to find the unique feature from your work. It might be the way you use the medium or a special new technique. Something that is fresh and unseen in the field. Then learn to put your thoughts into words and really talk about your design and what’s the cool factor in it. It’s important to tell the story and have passion for the design.

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Sini Majuri, what is your day to day look like?
Sini Majuri : If I’m Skype-calling to Japan, the day usually starts at 7 am. Therefore I’m a true coffee-holic. This is also when I tap my 3D printer on and make some pictures that are later soaked in hot lava-like glass.

I live and work in vibrant Helsinki that is always full of inspiration: clacking trams, jugend coffee shops and cobblestone streets. I take a ferry to a near by island, Suomenlinna, where I’m blowing my prototypes and test pieces - or a local train to Riihimäki that is a small town 50 kilometers from Helsinki, this is where I have my production at Mafka & Alakoski studio. The studio is build inside an old glass factory that has vine creepers on the red brick walls and beautiful old windows. This community of glass artists is welcoming everyone inside for a tall cup of coffee.

My work day usually ends around 16 PM. I love to go kayaking in the summer. Eating a picnic in some of the islands with the family is a good way to relax. When our 2 year old boy falls asleep we sneak to the balcony with my husband. There is a clear view to Saturn's rings and Jupiter’s Moons with our telescope.
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Sini Majuri, how do you know if a product or project is well designed? how do you define good design?
Sini Majuri : The World is so full of items that there must be something good in the design, if it’s spotted from the cascade of design. I believe that only the great design becomes iconic and sets new standards in its field. Good design also endures time, as it’s still awesome despite the passing of the years....
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Sini Majuri, can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Sini Majuri : Sini Majuri Glass Design creates interior design objects, custom made light sculptures and limited edition series of household glass. Being a small design studio is a strength, because it makes it possible to offer exclusiveness. Every item is shaped by hand, signer and numbered. ...
Sini Majuri, what is "design" for you?
Sini Majuri : I see design as form of visual poetry - a language of beauty, functionality and style. ...
Sini Majuri, what kinds of works do you like designing most?
Sini Majuri : Most of my designs are interior design objects, such as vases and lamps. All of my glass works are made in Finland because high quality is important starting point of the design. Recently I have been also working with custom made interior installations and objects. For example in last month I designed a custom lamp series for a marine researchers home. He wanted to have unique light sculptures in his living room that look like deep sea creatures. These kind of unique projects give a change to think outside the box and approach the glass medium from a new perspective.
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Sini Majuri, what is your favourite material / platform / technology?
Sini Majuri : In a way glass is one of the key technologies that modern science has evolved from – through the invention of the lens. Glass is a medium that can be weightless and strong at the same time. It bends light and has interesting optical properties. So, when working with glass, I have a wild material that is like no other. This makes it a perfect medium for creating something poetic.

Sometimes a very simple object can became multi-dimensional, when you use glass medium. There is for example the visual layer of glass: how does the glass reflect, how will the colours look in different light. Above all there are also the historical layers of glass which comprise the origin of Finnish glass making and the rare knowledge behind the craftsmanship. In jungle Collection that won the Golden Award from A'Design Award, every piece has a unique colour play inside the glass that mimics the movement of waves. Even I would try to create that same piece once again, it would be impossible.

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Sini Majuri, what kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Sini Majuri : Sometimes design process have private and deep levels of emotion. For example one of my light sculptures, Polar Night represents hope in the dark moments of life. I designed the lamp during the process of slowly losing my friend to ALS. So valuableness of time and feeling of letting go has been the origin of the sculpture. I wanted to reflect how silence of the calm winter landscapes of Lapland reflected my inner world. I used free-formed blown glass with Incalmo technique, metal and wood.

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Sini Majuri, what type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Sini Majuri : One of my design objects, a mountain series got the inspiration from Scottish Highlands: It was freezing when I looked how the clouds spilled over the mountain slopes. It rained sideways when I made the first sketches but I wanted to capture that raw feeling into my sketch: objects which could form a mountainous landscape. In many ways I get my inspiration from the nature. When I first exhibited the Vuori glass mountains in Tokyo, I was so happy about the enthusiastic feedback and also to hear how the mountains are sacred in Japanese culture. It was great to see, how the glass design resonated in a totally new setting and the value of the design was understood so beautifully.

I’m also working with glass in the setting of contemporary art. Many of my sculptural works are surreal narratives captured inside thick glass and have hidden details in them that can only be seen from exact angle. For example in Glass Axis, Ohio I exhibited a story from Finnish national epic Kalevala that was created by mixing up 100 years old graal technique and modern 3D design. When the story is drowned inside thick glass, the narrative becomes multidimensional as glass mirrors and distorts the story. You can see behind and in between the layered images that are floating weightlessly. I feel that this makes glass sculptures more easy to approach, when people are examining them and looking for hidden details under the layers of glass - it’s like solving a riddle. ...
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Sini Majuri, thank you for giving us the opportunity to interview you... To learn more about Sini Majuri and check more designs by Sini Majuri as well as to see more Sini Majuri designs such as Jungle visit designeroftheday.com/?226124
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We hope you enjoyed our interview of Sini Majuri. This interview was made possible by the contributions of A' Design Award and Competition - The World's largest and most influential design accolade. A' Design Award is an annual, international design award open to both concept stage and realized works by designers, artists, architects and brands worldwide. A' Design Award and Competition aims to create a public awareness and understanding of good design by promoting the best designers such as Sini Majuri and their design works worldwide. Visit designaward.com to learn more.
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https://competition.adesignaward.com/designer.php?profile=226124 https://competition.adesignaward.com/design.php?ID=69296

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