Interior and furniture design practice POIAT STUDIO, based in Helsinki and Fiskars, craft all of their pieces from wood and finish them by hand. “We don’t want to exclude new technologies, but feel when we desire a level of quality, it’s harder for a machine to mimic human craftsmanship,” Timo Mikkonen says, POIAT STUDIO co-founder. “We believe that skilful craftsmanship brings extra value to a product,” he adds, creating each collection in small quantities.
POIAT STUDIO bring a ‘form follows emotion’ approach to the traditional Finnish design ethos of form follows function. “The objective is that the person who owns a piece of furniture has an emotional attachment,” co-founder Antti Rouhunkoski says. “This thinking enhances sustainability; when you have an emotional bond, you want to cherish it for decades.”
The studio are long-time collaborators with Finnish designer and master cabinet maker Antrei Hartikainen, also based in the artisanal village of Fiskars. They worked with Antrei to prototype the Bastone cabinet. “Antrei’s inspiration behind the Bastone collection comes from admiring the tall and sparse woods where one can see how the light shifts through the trees,” Antti says. This is reflected in the cabinet’s wooden dowel rods that create an arched form, revealing the possibilities of wood as a material.