STUDIO TOLVANEN

BROTHER SHELF  

MATERIALS: Ash

DIMENSIONS: 73"W x 15"D x 75"h

 

Brother Shelf was inspired by utilitarian shelving in the Brethren Workshop at Shaker Village.  It uses nothing more than the essential geometry needed to stand upright, but nevertheless has a playful appearance. The array of triangular crossbars in the Brother Shelf are a simple solution that keep it from leaning to the side and also eliminate the need for messy cross brace hardware. Consequently, the shelf can be used either one-sided (against the wall) or two-sided (as a room divider). 


HANCOCK BASKETS  

MATERIALS: Birch plywood, pine

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DIMENSIONS: 

Large Basket: 20.25"d x 7.25"H
Serving Tray: 20.25"D x 4.10"H
Bread Basket: 14"D x 6"H
Mushroom Hunting Baske:t 14"D x 15.5"H

 

Hancock Baskets were inspired by a visit to a storage room at Hancock Shaker Village. Four baskets make up the family - a Large Basket for laundry or magazines, a Serving Tray, a Bread Basket, and a Mushroom Hunting Basket. They incorporate details from various baskets we liked in the archives, but the material is modern bent plywood - which we think the Shakers would have wholeheartedly embraced for its strength and lightness. 


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THE HAND

MATERIALS: Pine

DIMENSIONS: 9"L x 5.75"W x 1.5"H

 

The Hand is a pine toy with a magnetic removable thumb (just for fun). The shape comes from a Mitten Mold used by Shakers to shrink knitted woolens to proper size.


SISTER TABLE

MATERIALS: ASH

DIMENSIONS: 33.5"L x 22"W x 14"H

 

Sister Table is an unassuming coffee table that takes cues from a stone sink in the Sister's Diary at Shaker Village. The table has friendly rounded corners, a handy carrying handle, and a lip around the edge that holds everything neatly in place. 

 
 
 

DESIGNER PROFILE  

COMPANY / Studio Tolvanen  

DESIGNERS / Julie Tolvanen, Mika Tolvanen   

LOCATION / Helsinki, Finland 

WEBSITE/ STUDIOTOLVANEN.COM  

 

Studio Tolvanen is the product design office of Mika & Julie Tolvanen.  Mika is a Finnish designer who started his own practice after graduating from Royal College of Art in 2001.  Julie is an American designer who worked 10 years as a professional woodworker before moving to Finland in 2009 to get a masters in furniture design.  They founded Studio Tolvanen in 2015, where they work together developing their designs into products for residential and contract use. Their studio and workshop are located in a former bakery in the Töölö neighborhood of central Helsinki.