Category: artist cooperation

Eva & Manu in cooperation with Paloni

Eva & Manu performing at Paloni's birthday party

Eva & Manu performing at Paloni's birthday party

When Paloni celebrated its first birthday last June, the French-Finnish duo Eva & Manu was a natural choice for that special evening’s performers. Their extraordinary story of traveling across Europe and creating their own music, and then turning that journey and its music into a debut album is just so inspiring. I think these musical talents are a good example of what it means to follow your passion, and how dreams can come true when you do what you want to do, and give your whole heart to it. You can read more about this amazing story from Eva’s and Manu’s blog Travel in music.

We had some good time at Paloni's birthday with Eva & Manu
We had some good time at Paloni's birthday with Eva & Manu

Yesterday, I got the second chance to listen to the music by Eva & Manu live – they had their first gig performing their album songs with a band at the club Tavastia here in Helsinki. I love the perfectly beautiful music by this duo, but this time I also had a special reason for going to the gig – I anticipated that Eva would be wearing something from Paloni on the stage.

And she did. The Vietto Kimono top with printed sleeves. Maybe I’m subjective to say, but I think the natural white top really made her the center of all attention on the stage on the spotlights, and the flowy sleeves with printed details made each movement a part of the show – playing the keyboard and asking the audience to join a song with her hands.

Eva & Manu, The Vietto Kimono top with printed sleeves
Eva & Manu, The Vietto Kimono top with printed sleeves
Eva & Manu, The Vietto Kimono top with printed sleeves

Picture by Minna Kaartinen

It also happened that yesterday Minna Kaartinen, the designer of the label Vietto, brought a similar Kimono top to Paloni, only with different colors. Looks just as good to me!

Vietto Kimono Top

Minna / Paloni

OutsaPop Trashion <3 Paloni: T-shirt shredding soiree next Tuesday

OutsaPop Trashion <3 Paloni: T-shirt shredding soiree next Tuesday

Poster by Hanne Huotari

Varaa paikkasi kevään kuumimpaan Do it yourself -iltaan! Ensi tiistaina 29.5. klo 18-20 Palonissa revitään kierrätettyjen T-paitojen selkämyksiä uuteen uskoon OutsaPop Trashion -blogin Outi Pyyn opastuksella. Illan hinta 30€/hlö sisältää Outin mustaksi värjäämän armeijan käytöstä poistuneen T-paidan, opetuksen ja tarjoilut. Paikkoja on 20 nopeimmalle – varaa omasi lähettämällä ilmoittautumisviesti osoitteeseen

Kuvia Outin aiemmista “harsopaitaprojekteista” löytyy mm. täältä. Paitojen repimistä nähtiin myös äskettäin Blogistania-ohjelmassa Outin blogia esittelevässä jaksossa.

Keväisin terveisin, Minna / Paloni

The art cabinet is ready!

Regards from the Recycling Factory – a mass event in Helsinki offering versatile content and presenting exhibitors for a sustainable lifestyle. The event was now organized for the fifth time and attracted almost 10.000 visitors during this weekend.

Paloni’s participation at the event was particularly exciting for two reasons. Firstly, we had a very special item revealed and presented at our stand: the Art Cabinet by Aino Louhi! We’ve wrote about this project at its earlier stages at its beginning and during the process. Secondly, I got to organize and moderate a panel discussion on ethical fashion at the event’s program stage. The panelists sharing their visions and personal tips on how to dress up personally and ethically were the internationally renowned model Kirsi Pyrhönen, the blogger of Kemikaalicocktail Noora Shingler and the researcher Jenni Räsänen. I will tell more about this discussion and its outcomes later on.

But now, let’s take a look at how an antique cabinet turned out to be in the hands of a young, promising Finnish artist. And don’t forget this extraordinary outcome – whatever you wish to call it – is for sale at Paloni, looking for a home to be changed.

Minna / Paloni

Aino Louhi Taidekaappi

Cabinet’s New Life

The Cabinet left my studio yesterday and headed for new adventures -leaving me waving behind, a little touched and quite proud. I’m hopeful it’s going to find people who will fall in love with it and give a good home for it and before that, I’m sure that it’s going to enjoy the inspiring and colorful athmosphere of Paloni.

Aino Louhi Taidekaappi


I do feel that I succeeded in changing the old cabinet’s nature completely. It’s fresh and modern but the beautiful, old details of it – carvings and such – stand out even better than before. I guess that is what recycling is all about: a new way of looking at things. Many people seemed to think there was no point in painting a perfectly ok antique cabinet. I myself would have never been interested in it as a furniture for my home; it was just too big and dark and clumsy-looking. So this was my interpretation of it. You may still think it was better the way it was – or you can see a whole new life of a cabinet.

Aino Louhi

Aino Louhi Taidekaappi

Aino Louhi Taidekaappi

Cabinet, oh cabinet

“She’s going to paint it!? Such a beautiful antique cabinet!”

My friend’s comment on Facebook proved me that we’re on the right track with this art cabinet project we’re doing with the artist Aino Louhi. She has the difficult task of showing us how to turn a piece of antique from dusty to artsy, and of determining whether a piece of art can simultaneously be a usable object (and a usable object a serious piece of art). We wrote about this project at its beginning, too. Now the story continues as Aino shares her thoughts from the middle of the cabinet’s transformation process. The question seems to be: is she painting a cabinet, or is she painting on a cabinet.

The outcome will be on display and on sale at Paloni’s stand at the Kierrätystehdas 2012 on May 5th-6th at the Helsinki Cable Factory, and after that at our concept store, Eerikinkatu 7, Helsinki.

/ Minna

Cabinet, oh cabinet

It has been a bit of a rocky road so far; there are so many things I didn’t know about  varnish, its compatibility with different paints, sand papers and primers. I also got a valuable lesson in the beginning: ask help before you do anything. In this case it would have saved a lot of time and energy. Luckily I’ve had some assistance from a household carpenter, my neighbours and a few strong men.

There is a good side to this all: I had some time to think what I want to do with the cabinet while I polished the surface of it. It was incredibly challenging to let go of the idea of painting a furniture. Every side of it seemed like a separate piece of paper and to combine them felt impossible.

At first my method was just to do the boldest and most interesting color combinations and see what comes out of it. Soon that started to feel just like – painting a furniture! The light bulb turned on in my head last week when I finally got an idea of how to use the cabinet’s 3-dimensional character in the painting. Now I’m shaking from excitement to see how it’s all going to turn out.

/ Aino Louhi

Aino Louhi kaappi

Painting a furnit... piece of art!

Reena Darlin at Paloni LIVE

Paloni’s free-entry gigs with independent, interesting musicians continues.

This time we have the lovely Reena Darlin performing for us. Reena’s music is easygoing pop with influences of soul and jazz, so you can just sit down on one of our pillows and let the smooth music melt all the remains of the winter’s coldness away.

Time: Tuesday April 24th from 7pm to 9pm
Place: Paloni, Eerikinkatu 7
Free entry – feel free to bring your friend along.

The event on Facebook.

Reena Darlin

About art, Aino Louhi and a certain cabinet

Paloni’s key idea is to bring out and make available the works of independently working creative talents. In addition to the broad designer cooperation we do, we’ve also organized free-entry music gigs called Paloni LIVE once a month, presenting interesting indie musicians who we think deserve more listeners to their music. (You are very warmly welcome to the next Paloni LIVE with Reena Darlin on April 24th starting from 7pm!)

We’ve also done artist cooperation. The Paraguayan-born, Barcelona-based cross-over artist Jorge Samaniego Bonnin is the man behind many characteristic details in the Paloni concept store. His role was crucial in planning and realizing the creative atmosphere of the space.

Paloni Jorge Samaniego Bonnin

Paloni's signed & original furniture by Jorge Samaniego Bonnin from very old pieces of wood that each 
have a story behind - is this ready-made art, found art, trash or simply a piece of furniture?

I find blurring the boundaries of art interesting. Is the huge vine on our display window with colorful dinosaurs’ eggs (as my daughter named them) a piece of art or just a decorative item? How about the Annielina jewelry Paloni sells, each piece drawn by the artist Elina Honkanen with a pencil – can a necklace be a piece of wearable art?

I wanted to take this project of defying the boundaries of art even further – and at the same time, Paloni’s artist cooperation deserved continuity. So, I challenged the multi-talented artist / illustrator Aino Louhi with a beautiful antique cabinet. Will it turn out as a piece of art, as a usable cabinet for storing things or as something in between in Aino’s creative makeover, remains to be seen when the exciting project is finished and the outcome will be revealed at Kierrätystehdas 2012 on May 5th. Whatever the outcome will be called, will surely be a unique item and will be for sale at Paloni’s stand at Kierrätystehdas – or after the event at our concept store at Eerikinkatu 7.

/ Minna

And how is Aino feeling about the challenge? Quite challenged, but also excited – here are her thoughts as the project has just started:

Painting goes 3-D

-Starting point: To paint a three-dimensional color still life on a cabinet that has to remain its value as a furniture

Aino Louhi Kaappi

"The starting point"
When Minna Särelä asked me to paint a big cabinet for her shop Paloni, I immediately thought to myself: Yes! And probably said it out loud as well. Why was it so clear to me that I want to do this project?

The idea of painting something else than ”just a canvas” has always fascinated me. I painted my first wall painting as a teenager: a starry night sky in my own bedroom. Last year I made a new space odyssey for a children’s club room in the Congregation of Tampere. Painting walls for just a three-weeks exhibition in Tilanne-Gallery last spring was also fun and made the installation feel more real to me.

I once had an idea to make artwork on furniture too. I even have a lousy little ”piano” table at my studio – but it never came alive. Last fall I was thrilled to do some decoration at home by painting old drawers with different colored glossy paints. Finding the perfect tones that matched the living room carpet and chairs – oh the joy!

At the moment the cabinet made of curly birch is standing at my tiny studio and I’ve got questions of why would anybody want to cover that beautiful, ornament-like surface with paint. I feel quite challenged!

/ Aino Louhi