Photo (detail): Lusto / Timo Kilpeläinen.

The Best of Finnish Wood

Exhibition at the Craft Museum of Finland June 10 - December 5, 2010
and at Lusto The Finnish Forest Museum February 1 - August 31, 2011.

Working with wood is a traditional Finnish skill that has been passed from one generation to the next. For us Finns, wood is something common, yet at the same time greatly valued. In the hands of modern designers, artists, craftsmen and architects wood can be transformed into almost anything. Today, wood is still close to our Finnish hearts and topical as an ecological material, but what will the future hold for it? How will global warming and the globalisation of markets affect the wood industry in Finland? Will the Finnish wood-related knowledge die out? Now is the time to debate and exchange thoughts on the future uses of Finnish wood.

The exhibition pieces are chosen by a group of around 40 people, all deeply rooted or firmly joint into the wood industry. They share their thoughts and experiences on what they believe are the best Finnish wood artefacts of all times, describe their relationship with Finnish forest and wood, and evaluate the future of the Finnish wood industry. The objects chosen for the exhibition have either personal significance to the panel members, or represent the outstanding form, functionality, sustainability or innovation of Finnish design. The exhibition uncovers Finnish wood, from the roots to the leaf tips. The display includes unique, handmade artefacts, mass-produced classics and tomorrow’s fresh favourites.

The Best of Finnish Wood exhibition is produced by the Craft Museum of Finland (Jyväskylä) and Lusto The Finnish Forest Museum (Punkaharju). The planning of the exhibition was supervised by an expert team, chaired by the interior designer, Professor Simo Heikkilä.

The museums offer additional events in connection with the exhibition, including lectures, demonstrations and film screenings.

Additional information

Craft Museum of Finland
Kauppakatu 25
40100 Jyväskylä

Lusto – The Finnish Forest Museum
Lustontie 1
58450 Punkaharju

Reetta Karhunkorva

+358 (0)50 328 9644

Pekka Lehonkoski

+358 (0)50 375 3382