Artek Stool 60 Sleeping Beauty

Sustainable design born 90 years ago: Stool 60

August 24, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama

Artek 2nd Cycle celebrates Stool 60’s 90th Anniversary with the “Decades” exhibition

Today’s business discussion would not be complete unless it included sustainability, but was it so 90 years ago?

Three bent wooden legs, one flat circular seat and nine nails. Stool 60 (1933) is a minimalist, functionalist, original sustainable invention that has endured in longevity and durability.

In Japan, Artek Tokyo collaborated with Paris-based Japanese architect Tsuyoshi Tane, and created “Stool 60 Sleeping Beauty,” the 90th Anniversary limited edition.

Tane buried raw birch sections from Finland in soils collected from different sites in Japan. He achieved, after numerous experiments, three different hues, yellow, black and white, as wood’s fiber absorbed the unique minerals and compounds of the soils.

These limited editions are available at Artek Tokyo only.

Tour Helsinki through Paavo Tynell’s lights Paavo Tynell’s legendary lights – now also available as design reissues from Gubi – illuminate Helsinki’s most prestigious public spaces and institutions


August 15, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama

Paavo Tynell (1890 – 1973) was a metalsmith, internationally famed Finnish lighting designer, and co-founder and chief designer of Taito Oy, established in 1818 as the first industrial producer of lighting fixtures in Finland, with the goal of manufacturing objects from gold, silver, bronze, and iron. 

Tynell’s lighting designs from the 1930s to 1950s are illuminating some of the most prominent public spaces in Helsinki to this day. Anyone can walk into these buildings right now to be awed by their sculptural beauty and be emotionally uplifted by the intricate light-shadow ambiance that fills the spaces.

AALTO2 Article on


May 31, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama

Aalto2 realizes Alvar Aalto’s vision of creating a forum for a variety of art forms: art and science, cultural environments, architecture and design

Wallpaper* article by Naomi Moriyama


May 26, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama

Is Spinnova the world’s most sustainable fibre?

Spinnova – 100 per cent natural, biodegradable and recyclable, with zero microplastics – is now being used by some of the world’s biggest apparel brands. Wallpaper* takes a look inside the brand’s new Finnish factory

Public Appearance: Polestar Talks

Naomi Moriyama, Kristian Talvitie, KOJA Concept Designer, and Martin Österberg, Head Of Marketing & PR at Polestar Finland. Photo: Polestar and Jani Vuorialho