Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Sini Majuri ("SM") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
SM : Sini Majuri Glass Design creates interior design objects, custom made light sculptures and limited edition series of household glass and collectible design. Being a small design studio is a strength, because it makes it possible to offer exclusiveness. Every item is shaped by hand, signer and numbered. My education is Master of Arts and I have studied glass in Aalto University of Helsinki and fashion in University of Lapland, Rovaniemi.
SM : In 2008 my installation was in the same exhibition next to a glass sculpture by iconic Finnish designer Oiva Toikka - and it was love at first sight. From there on I have been approaching the glass material from the viewpoint of Scandinavian tradition, combining it to modern 3D-design. The emphasis in my design philosophy is the desire to create objects, which get their value from timeless design, high quality materials and unique ideas. The objects are more than mere interior objects. For example the trick in my Mountain series is the cold mark of glass. It gives the objects their inimitable surface structure – like the finger print of an object. Thus, each object has a unique character, a soul. By connecting mountains, it is possible to build mountain ranges, mental landscapes made of glass.
SM : Most of my designs are interior design objects, such as vases and lamps. All of my glass works are made in Finland because hight quality is important starting point of the design. Recently I have been also working with custom made interior installations and objects. For example in last month I designed a custom lamp series for a marine researchers home. He wanted to have unique light sculptures in his living room that look like deep sea creatures. These kind of unique projects give a change to think outside the box and approach the glass medium from a new perspective.
SM : I believe that one key to success is to find the unique feature from your work. It might be the way you use the medium or a special new technique. Something that is fresh and unseen in the field. Then learn to put your thoughts into words and really talk about your design and what’s the cool factor in it. It’s important to tell the story and have passion for the design.
SM : The World is so full of items that there must be something good in the design, if it’s spotted from the cascade of design. I believe that only the great design becomes iconic and sets new standards in its field. Good design also endures time, as it’s still awesome despite the passing of the years.
SM : I see design as a form of visual poetry - a language of beauty, functionality and style.
SM : At the moment I’m getting ready to exhibit my design in Tendence fair in June. I will be exhibiting a new concept lamp that combines glass, metal and ceramics. There is something wild and humorous in it. In September there will be Venice Glass Week and Paris Design week in my schedule. These international events are great platforms for meeting the right connections for the future.
SM : It’s nice that people come to talk and share their design experiences with me. A good feedback is precious! Sometimes my collectors send me photos from their homes to show, where the design piece has been placed in. In Netherlands I met a family who had collected the entire Jungle Collection in their home and had them beautifully placed in front of a window on a table that was custom build for the glass vases.
SM : My favourite colour has always been turquoise, especially the colour of the turquoise gem, because it’s fresh colour with interesting history - Even most of my designs are actually white or black. I have a yearning to go to places that allow to see far. Finnish Lappland is ruggedly beautiful and there are so many awesome hike trails with silent canyons, waterfalls and hanging bridges. After the hike everything hurts but the mind is full of new ideas! Many of my glass lamps are inspired by the Northen Finlands nature. For example my Polar Night-lamp plays with dim shades of light that are similar as soft reflections in snow. I love cooking with my family and friends. One of my favourite brands is actually a cheese company Peltolan juusto from Finland. In Midsummer we have a custom to bake barley bread in birchbark. It might sound odd, but it is one of the most beautiful Finnish foods. Maybe I like it because midsummer is my favourite season and because only then I can see my favourite thing: fog on a calm lake in a light summer night.
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