Working with Wood is a collection of musings and factual knowledge about the traditions of Nordic woodworking. It draws upon interview material with Kari Virtanen, master cabinetmaker and founder of Nikari, the company craftsmen, and designers, as well as personal notes on the philosophy of their craft. It is a book that combines information about the makeup of Finnish forests and the process of transforming a tree into a piece of design, as well as the basics of what can be called ‘rational Nordic cabinetmaking’. My role in the project was one of co-author and researcher. I worked alongside a photographer and art director, gathering information, interviewing and piecing together a history of Finnish design and cabinetmaking. The book was launched at the Takenaka Museum in Kobe, Japan, in December 2017.


Project: Working with Wood

Client: Nikari

Date: 3/2017 - 12/2017

Roles: Co-author, researcher

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