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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eero Rislakki

Eero Rislakki (1924- ) is a designer, artist and teacher. He was born in Helsinki, Finland and studied ceramics and graphic art at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Rislakki has the distinction of being Finland's first industrial designer.

He started his career at the Stavangerflint ceramics factory (then Stavanger Fajansefabrikk) in Norway in 1950. After two years he returned to Finland to work as a jewelry designer, first a Kalevala and then at Westerback. He was one of the first designers to work with domestic polished jewelry stones. His work was a departure from the more decorative jewelry of the day and was exhibited at an avante garde show at Artek. It was considered a breakthrough for modern jewelry in Finland.

Rislakki started his own studio in 1959. At first he freelanced in exhibition planning but later moved to product design. Industrial designers were rare in Finland at the time, so he had a great deal of work. He has worked on more than 200 products, including coat hangers, water fittings, reflectors, fan equipment, airline dishes, TVs, glass products, boat engines, bicycles, and forest machinery.

From jonasforth.com


Kettle produced by Ammus-Sytytin
designqvist.at

Crystal bowl
astiataivas.fi

Bracelet
bukowskismarket.com

Candleholders
jonasforth.com

Bicycle
new.artsmia.org

Vase
epla.no

Crystal bowl
astiataivas.fi

Necklace
bukowskis.com

12 comments:

  1. What amazing designs Dana....I haven't seen come across this designer before.......I just love that vase, the candleholders and kettle.

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    1. I didn't know about him either, and I was thrilled to find out about him. He's such a talented man.

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  2. Amazing creativity, each piece is unique and I love his jewelry designs!

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    1. He does have such great range, doesn't he? And I'm in love with that necklace!

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  3. I have so missed visiting your regularly and leaning and seeing such cool stuff. Will be making an effort to get by weekly now because your blog is so fab!

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    1. So happy to see you back on the scene. I've missed your posts and your visits here!

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  4. The standout for me is the kettle. So straightforward and simple.

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  5. I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite....but I'm leaning very hard towards that beautiful kettle.

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    1. That kettle could completely make a kitchen.

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  6. My vase is green only - no blue base. Are there two models, or is mine damaged?

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    1. I just recently learned about this designer, so I don't know. I'd think it's reasonable to assume, though, that they came in more than one color.

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