Kati Tuominen-Niittylä


Kati Tuominen-Niittylä will be presented by Gallery Lemmetti at CHART DESIGN 2016.



Why do you make design? 

I simply like this work. It is demanding and inspiring.
It is also a responsible work.
I usually say that an artist has the freedom and responsibility to give her thoughts a material form.


What is good design? 

Good design entails both aesthetic and ergonomic experience, as well as ecological and social aspects.


What are your ideas behind “Against the light: memories of objects”, which is being showcased at CHART DESIGN? 
On a small window light filters behind them so that details disappear and only outlines remain. This image inspired me to make a series of black objects. Minimalism is one of the significant ideas in my expression.
The outlines of my works start as coal drawings that produces small movements into the form and texture. Black as a colour is fascinating with all its nuances.
I could say that my pieces are silent expressions of my thoughts.
Technically they are handmade with ribbon technique and fired at 1260 C.


Kati Tuominen-Niittylä was born in 1947. She studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and has held a studio at the Arabia factory since 1980, where she works as an artist and designer. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Finland and Europe as well as America, Japan and Korea.

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