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Aleksi Puustinen

Aleksi Puustinen Cabinetmaker
Contact
Finnish, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+358 400377290
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It all started with skateboards

  • • Aleksi makes furniture out of used skateboards
  • • He often learns on the job
  • • He feels a well made piece looks good from all perspectives

Aleksi Puustinen was destined for a career in craftsmanship, even if he didn’t realise it back then. Working with his hands has been essential ever since he and his friends, as kids, would build skateboarding obstacles by collecting material from building sites and the streets. His master, so to speak, was his grandfather, a skilled craftsman. He first studied woodwork at a vocational school, before continuing to art school where he is currently taking a BA in Furniture Design. Sources of inspiration are infinite: nature, architecture, travelling, books, art, everyday life. His breakthrough happened in 2014 when he won second place in a Finnish crafts contest with a stool.

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Works

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Atte

The Atte dining table is a commissioned piece. Aleksi found inspiration for it while he was travelling across Morocco, visiting local artisanal workshops. The patterned table top is made of reused skateboard wood.

Length 100 cm
Width 100 cm
Height 75 cm

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Corona

The base of this coffee table was hand carved and shaped from ash wood. Aleksi’s latest works explore the use of natural wood and notions of shape and function. The glass top leaves the joint details of the wooden body visible.

Diameter 90 cm
Height 30 cm

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Indonesia chair

The Indonesia chair is an example of Aleksi’s ongoing investigation into sustainable design. The seat and back rest were made with plywood and recycled skateboards. The simple wooden frame was especially designed to allow anyone to fix it should it break, in order to minimise waste.

Depth 42 cm
Width 44 cm
Height 78 cm

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Tre stool

Tre was created for a Finnish design and crafts contest in 2014. It was inspired by Alvar Aalto’s iconic Stool 60. Thanks to its geometry, the stool can be stacked with others in a spiralling tower sculpture to save space.

Diameter 29 cm
Height 45 cm

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Väre

This mirror is an improvised piece created from the leftovers and failed parts of a table project. It was named Väre – the Finnish word for ripple – due to its psychedelic patterns, which seem to come alive from certain angles.

Width 55 cm
Depth 6 cm
Height 70 cm

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