Pesä/Nest establishes a cozy place within HDW’s Main Exhibition for respite and imagination. 

A collaboration between Finnish interior architect and designer Esa Vesmanen and Japanese textile and fashion brand minä perhonen the installation prompts participants to ask: Have our tech-infused lives caused us to forget the benefits and pleasures of losing ourselves in states of repose and reverie? What can happen if we disconnect from standard time and external stimuli within a dream-like space specifically designed for relaxation, reflection, and repose?

Participants are encouraged to sit or lounge on “colo” (rock) cushions and cozy up with soft wool blanket. These are softly illuminated by sieni and pilvi (mushroom and cloud) lights, made from Finnish birch veneer. 

When the designers Akira Minagawa and Esa Vesmanen first met, they quickly discovered that, despite their stylistic differences, they shared a deep reverence for nature and a desire to create enduring and emotive everyday objects. Their conversations evolved into creative explorations, resulting in a collaborative edition: FINOM x minä perhonen – a lighting series that offer sources of both light and dream. The designers have now extended their work together with this installation specially created for Helsinki Design Week. 

According to Vesmanen, “We are delighted to share this collaboration that has united our geographies and fostered our deep aesthetic and mental connection.”

FINOM lights

Exploring the flexibility and translucence of veneer. The FINOM collection included pendants, standing and table lights from sustainably harvested birch and ash. Each shade is crafted in Finland using a combination of laser and fine carpentry techniques. The resulting lamps are beautiful, enduring, and ecological. FINOM was awarded the Finnish Eco Design Award in 2014 and the German Red Dot Award in 2016.

minä perhonen cushions and blankets

minä perhonen is a Japanese brand that was established by Akira Minagawa in Tokyo in 1995. Acquiring techniques such as lace, prints, and jacquard weaving, combined with unique hand-drawings and carefully selected quality materials, minä perhonen is about textiles full of imagination and stories. Expanding beyond the realm of fashion, minä perhonen now engages in design proposals related to everyday life, such as home products, tableware, rugs, and interior fabrics.