The team of students in the Institute of Design and Fine Arts designed and executed the architecture of the EcoDesign exhibition. The supervisor in the project was their teacher, Interior architect Kaarle Holmberg.
The Exhibition plan consisted of three areas: the display for the competitors` works, the bar and lounge area, and the aisle between them for visitors. The ecological lighting enhances the exhibition. Inspiration was found in boutique and museum interiors.
Functionality, clarity and most importantly the ecological aspects were the design principles in this project. The materials used in the display units were made from certificated 100% ecological Finnish wood produced by UPM. The display units were produced together with the wood artisan students at the Salpaus Further Education school in Lahti.
The Institute of Design and Fine Arts
The Institute of Design and Fine Arts, part of the University of Applied Sciences, is located in Lahti. The institute often cooperates with design orientated companies, as in this case with the EcoDesign Exhibition and Finnish Fair Corporation. With its intimate atmosphere, the Institute offers an ideal backdrop which encourages spontaneous, self-motivated involvement among our students. Being surrounded by talented students who generate creative energy, we inspire one another. The purpose of the Institute is to facilitate the students` development, so they are equipped for professional tasks.
The responsible students were Julianna Nevari (the interior design), Miska Kuntsi (the furniture and lighting design), Ville Lindstöm (wood techniques), Onni Aho, Feodor Mayof and Esko Ihalainen assistance in the wood and metal workshop.