for publication on 27 October 2011 at 11am

On 27 October, the Modern Historic 1900 Collection of furniture will be unveiled at Design Forum Finland, followed by the release of the accompanying illustrative book “Furniture by Finnish Masters – background, tales and moods” by Kari-Otso Nevaluoma and Antti J. Kallio, published by Paasilinna.

Modern Historic 1900 is the outcome of a burning passion and relentless determination, in other words, the same qualities that are vital for the greatest achievements in design work.

The collection and the book represent Antti J. Kallio’s selection of Finnish furniture which has had to travel an unusual path to reach the public. The Modern Historic 1900 Collection is compiled of furniture that has so far never been in production. Now this signature furniture will be available to the public.

“I have been inspired in this project by my almost child-like conviction that anyone driven by a creative passion in some field of art is able to release it in something extraordinary, why not in designing furniture”, says Kallio.

The Modern Historic 1900 Collection and the book include select furniture from the most distinguished greats in Finnish arts: Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Jean Sibelius, Aulis Blomstedt, Oiva Kallio, Kimmo Kaivanto, Timo Sarpaneva, Kimmo Pyykkö, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Eero Aarnio and Björn Weckström.

Both the Modern Historic 1900 Collection and the book will be on display at the beginning of the design year 2012 in Paris.


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