A self-taught designer and master cabinetmaker, Antrei Hartikainen, whose work is based in Fiskars - Southern Finland, has managed to create his own design idiom over the years that sets his work distinct from others.
Working in product design, installation and sculpture, as well as art and collectibles, the designer is constantly exploring this middle ground and trying to find something interesting in each of his roles. His work demonstrates the sensitivity, ingenuity and skill required to work at the interface between art, craft and design.
Sustainability, innovative use of materials and beauty itself form the framework for the designer's creations, who creates long lasting and honest pieces through thoughtful use of materials, techniques and details that inspire and delight people. Indeed, the designer's work is infused with the beauty of untouched nature and the theme of growth, human-shaped environment and architecture, and details and observations of everyday life..
In 2019, the Melt cabinet collection, originally designed by Antrei Hartikainen for exhibition at the Chart Art Fair in Copenhagen and the Collectible Design Fair in Brussels (where they were part of the Lokal Gallery exhibitions) has since gained recognition in the industry. The collection originally consisted solely of functional wooden furniture as cabinet and wall shelves but has since expanded to include vases, bowls and glass sculptures inspired by the metamorphosis of water.