Finnish Finesse

Finnish designer Maija Puoskari dabbles in all sorts, from lighting to pottery, and from furniture to textile. She also has a few things for the Tile Addict. Predominantly playing with 3D relief, her varied selection of tile designs fit perfectly in today’s desire for the unique, and the trend for texture.

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Her Finnish roots form much of her inspiration, with natural elements being highlighted or abstracted. For the tile collections the focus is form, with colours left at white and rarely differing into grey.

Kuusi. Photo Credit: Ikko Kinnunen Maija Puoskari Finnish ceramic tile design
Kuusi. Photo Credit: Ikko Kinnunen

The pure white Kulmio tiles offer a classic hexagonal shape with raised diamond patterns enabling light play. They work as entire wall coverings, and as stand alone art pieces. Nature inspired Kuusi take the form of Finnish spruce and hard-carved log homes. Their triangular shape and varied texture enables a variety of visual effects. They have a calming appearance about them and can be a highly impactful wall covering, or art piece.

Kulmio. Photo Credit: Hanna Immonen Maija Puoskari Finnish ceramic tile design
Kulmio. Photo Credit: Hanna Immonen

For the Finnish Embassy in Santiago de Chile, Chile, a large 3D art installation was created out of ceramic tiles. Sula is made up of over 300 tiles and stands 14m by 2.9m. The flattened pentagonal tiles are in a neutral pale shade and have raised and sunken areas producing a visually appealing decoration reliant on shadow and line.

Sula ceramic wall tile installation chile Maija Puoskari
Sula.

For company Tulikivi the tile collection Valkea was created. Launched in 2010 they were designed for the heat-retaining fireplaces that the company specialises in. They feature white curved forms and darker tiles with geometric 3D relief.

Valkea Kide. Photo Credit: Erno Enkenberg Maija Puoskari ceramic tile design
Valkea Kide. Photo Credit: Erno Enkenberg
Valkea Kimpale. Photo Credit: Erno Enkenberg Maija Puoskari ceramic tile design
Valkea Kimpale. Photo Credit: Erno Enkenberg

The final wall-covering from the Finnish designer is Rimpi. Created for client Innofusor it is an acoustic wall panel that can be used to cover entire walls, or used on its own as a unique decor. Its acoustic effects come from surface peat moss and is 100% ecological. The ridged surface produces a visually interesting display of light and shadow. They come in three sizes (586 by 586mm, 586 by 295mm, and 295 by 295mm).

Rimpi. Photo Credit: Katri Kapanen acoustic wall covering finnish design maija puoskari
Rimpi. Photo Credit: Katri Kapanen

Maija Puoskari
Innofusor

A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, August 2019.

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