Novelty, examples of innovation from XX and XXI century Estonian design; IF: European Innovation Festival, 2011

Jyri Kermik

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The exhibition “Novelty” concentrates on the aspect of innovation in design. The exhibits displayed are from XX and XXI centuries and they have been chosen based on the criteria of originality in the primary features of design: function, construction, technology, material, form, tradition and meaning. Thus, it offers an opportunity for looking at the achievements of Estonian design from a wider perspective and ultimately helps to explain the reasons and mechanisms behind the design solutions. Contemporary products, which are drawn from categories of furniture, electronics, computing, medical equipment and motoring, are exhibited alongside historic examples of innovation in technology and design, including Luterma waterproof plywood products and Minox mini-camera designed by Walter Zapp in 1936. The exhibition which was the opening event of the Innovation Festival and the Design Night 2011, was curated by Ene Läkk. Jüri Kermik, Chair from the series ÄKSI, 2002 (catalogue entry, p 64) This series presents a blend of historical and contemporary. The outcome is an eccentric family of chairs that are externally similar, yet distinctive from one another. The initial idea was inspired by the Estonian peasant chair, also known as the Latvian chair. ÄKSI represents its modern development. This chair is easy to manufacture and market as all details of the seat are straight and can be assembled only by means of bolts. All the diverse chairs from the ÄKSI series are made using rather extraordinary techniques, from sawing to entwining. Likewise, the range of materials is wide: metal, plywood, Plexiglas, cord and/or plastic. DIMENSIONS: 800 x 370 x 360 mm
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sept 2011
EventNovelty (Uutmoodi) - Museum of Design and Applied Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 17 Sept 2011 → …

Bibliographical note


  • exhibition
  • design innovation


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