Estonian Homes, Interior Design Featured in Brussels, London ({{commentsTotal}})

A house in Nõmme, architect Martin Aunin, 2007
A house in Nõmme, architect Martin Aunin, 2007 Source: Photo: Kaido Haagen

In Brussels tomorrow, an exhibition entitled "100 Houses" will present architectural designs of custom-made modern Estonian homes.

Running till January 6, the exhibit will be one of the biggest Estonian architecture exhibits abroad in recent years. Showing homes from the last 15 years, the exhibit is an adaptation of Estonia's project at the 2010 Venice Architectural Biennale.

"Differing from the rest of Europe, most of the private dwellings built in Estonia are specially 'tailored suits' specifically created for the client and his or her family, because unique projects are preferred over standard houses," the exhibit's curator, Karen Jagodin, said a press release from the Estonian Architecture Center, adding that Estonia is also special in that it has a strong presence of young practicing architects.

The Estonian ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, Gert Antsu, and the head of the Estonian Architecture Center, Raul Järg, will be present to open the exhibit tomorrow evening.

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Students from the Tartu Art College had a chance to shine at the London Design Festival, which ended yesterday, showcasing a designer chair at a furniture and textile exhibit at subconference called Tent London.

The event's talent spotters had come across the Estonians' work at an exhibit in Stockholm last February, reported ETV.

The exhibit is called "8 Chairs," with eight different product prototypes and 20 student designers, only two of whom went to London to present the "Leelo" chair, decorated with springtime colors and patterns.

"It seems as if it is something that you look at, but when people sit on it they are surprised that it is a truly comfortable, usable and practical product," said Mari Kõrgesaar, one of the designers.

"On one hand the school's long-term goal is to establish contacts, to compare itself with others, and to sense the general directions in the design world. And on the other hand, the next step of this concrete project is to move in the direction of chairs that can actually be produced," said Aet Ollisaar, the head of the school's textiles department.



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