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
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.
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.