Second Chance/ Sustainable Design_Estonia at Venice Design Biennale June 11-20, 2021


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Sustainable Design_Estonia

Second Chance

June 11-20, 2021 Latteria Moderna

ESTONIAN DESIGNERS: (left) Urmas Lüüs, Kairi Lentsius, Leonardo Meigas, Tarmo Luisk, Marit Ilison, Raili Keiv, Eva-Karlotta Tatar, Reet Aus, Anne Türn, Kalli Sein, Angela Orgusaar, Elmet Treier, Igor Volkov, Sille Luiga, Margot Vaaderpass, Laura Saks


“Second Chance” at Venice Design Biennale June 11-20, 2021

The exhibition of Estonian sustainable design “Second Chance” organised by Estonian Association of Designers will be opened on June 11 at 6 pm within the framework of the Venice Design Biennale. The Design Biennale has been open since 2016. A design culture forum has been created which connects Venice with an international network of designers. In parallel with the exhibitions of the Architecture Biennale, Estonian design is represented in Venice for the second time. The EAD strives to boost cultural exchanges and present the achievements of Estonia as a rapidly developing design country through foreign exhibitions. In doing so, the association creates networking opportunities for Estonian product designers and production companies who want to reach the international arena.

The issue of the environment, which came to the fore during the crisis, has given rise to the content of this year’s exhibition. The exhibition demonstrates how recycling turns used items into new products, which saves limited resources and protects the environment. The exhibition features design solutions from well-known Estonian designers: Marit Ilison, Reet Aus, Kairi Lentsius, Angela Orgusaar, Urmas Lüüs, Sille Luiga, Kalli Sein, Raili Keiv, Margot Vaaderpass, Tarmo Luisk, Elmet Treier, Igor Volkov, Kalli Sein, Eva-Karlotta Tatar, Leonardo Meigas, Laura Saks and Anne Türn. Experimental tableware for the restaurant by Fotografiska will be shown by Estonian Art Acedemy. The curator of the exhibition is Ilona Gurjanova and the scenography based on the principle of recycling is by Leonardo Meigas.


A small pop-up shop is also open at the Latteria Moderna gallery on Garibaldi Street, where most of the exhibition’s products can also be purchased. The Estonian Association of Designers (EDL), which unites more than 160 well-known Estonian designers, has undertaken to actively introduce the achievements of Estonian design also outside Estonia. Over the past 20 years, curated exhibitions have been performed in more than 20 cities. The association has its own store, the Estonian Design House, which was created by Estonian Association of Designers (EAD) in 2010, represents more than 100 remarkable Estonian product designers ranging from interior accessories to fashion. The aim was to make Estonian design more visible, give designers trading channels and help to export, it initiates product development processes where the designers and entrepreneurs get together. For 16 years EDL has been organizing the Tallinn Design Festival. Contact of the curator:

Ilona Gurjanova Estonian Association of Designers, president Tallinn Design Festival, main organiser

Shop: Estonian Design House Estonia pst 9, Tallinn www.estoniandesignhouse.ee www.edl.ee www.tallinndesignfestival.com Office: Marati 5. Põhjala, Tallinn edl@edl.ee, tel +372 55573687


Reet Aus www.reetaus.com, hello@reetaus.com Reet Aus is a PhD fashion designer and environmental activist who has created the Reet Aus Collection® and Up-Shirt® T-shirts. Her heart’s desire is to make the fashion world more ethical and to develop a revitalizing fashion environment.

Upcycling is a process that allows production waste to be recycled back into production by way of design, thereby significantly reducing the environmental impact. The implementation of the valuable recycling method has resulted in UPMADE® certification, which covers the entire life cycle analysis of a textile product and creates opportunities for the full utilization of the potential of the material. Each UPMADE® garment in the collection Reet Aus saves an average of 75% water and 88% energy compared to the tools used to create a new product. Reet Aus uses design as a solution and not as a reason for the waste generated in the fashion industry.

T-shirt Avangard Material: Cotton


Marit Ilison www.maritilison.com, info@maritilison.com Hailed as “the true poetess of clothing”, Marit is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer mixing deep concepts with feelings, sensitivity and eye-catching form in whatever medium.

The unique blankets have been donated to Marit Ilison Creative Atelier archive, saved from thrown out trash or exchanged with animal shelters. Most of them would otherwise ended up in trash or landfill. Now, Marit Ilison has given them a completely new life, using her signature shilouette and zero-waste cutting method, appreciating every little characteristic of the blanket. Following her initial concept, each of them is unique and personal, often embellised with hand-made crystal embroideries. All coats are reversible, offering a great sustainable option for diversity, prasing the characteristics for long lasting wool. These blankets have been in use for more than 30 years, now they have been given at least the same amount of decades, if not more, to last.

Longing For Sleep Unique Coat Material: woolen vintage Soviet blanket


Kairi Lentsius www.lentsiusdesign.com, lentsius.kairi@gmail.com Kairi Lentsius has a background of textile and fashion design studies. She has been running the Lentsius brand for eight years, besides also working as a fashion design lecturer.

Lentsius brand wishes to offer the client a more environmentally friendly alternative to everyday jewellery and clothing. Therefore we’re taking several daily actions and design decisions to move towards a greener future – to create new products we’re upcycling metal and wood industry’s waste and also discarded military textiles. Timeless and seasonless designs are the core of our aesthetics and almost all the jewellery pieces are made from only one material to create less waste and also to reduce processing steps. All the products are hand made in Tartu, Estonia.

Material: stainless steel, scrap from the metal industry and discarded military textiles.


Angela Orgusaar www.killud.com, angela@arhitektid.ee Angela started as a graphic designer but after looking for deeper challenges she got involved in interior architecture. Design and creation of jewellery has become her additional hobby over the past few years.

The story of KILLUD design started out with a broken car window. Designer Angela Orgusaar saw the unique beauty in the fractured glass glittering in the sunshine. The fragments are the pieces of luck and fortune. The original jewellery is inspired by and materialised as glimpses of beauty. Throughout times people have worn jewellery of protective strength and fortune-bringing qualities creating personality and contrast. KILLUD are made out of natural and unusual materials like charcoal, natural plants, pieces of electronics, bike tires, etc. All the pieces are handmade in Estonia, being unique and different. The jewellery does not smudge or crumble as the surface is processed. Angela experimented also with broken Murano glassware.


Sille Luiga www.sileluik.com, silleluiga@gmail.com The designer Sille Luiga is a jewelery artist who graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts. She has also studied in Florence and Belgium. All her jewelry is handmade in Tallinn.

Every year, Estonia needs two truckloads of one and two-cent coins, even though people do not like using them, and often they make the wallet inconveniently heavy. However, cents are made of precious copper, which can be used to make jewelry, thus multiplying the value of money and preserving nature by re-using already processed metal. TWO CENTS Material: copper cents


Urmas Lüüs www.urmasluus.com, urmas.lyys@artun.ee Urmas Lüüs is a freelance designer, lecturer at the Faculty of Design of the Estonian Academy of Arts, and writes cultural theory articles for both local and foreign publications.

The products are made from old, discarded enamel vessels from the Soviet time, some of which also include old remnants discarded by the jewelry industry, the return of which to the production line does not meet industry standards but provides an excellent playground for studio designers for experimentation. Material with memory is like a document from times past. The philosophy of the product stems from the post-Soviet village life, where all things had to be used “all the way to the end” due to economic difficulties.

Brooch: Autumn Ball Matarial: old, enameled dishes, residual industrial enamels


Kalli Sein www.ideeklaas.ee, info@ideeklaas.ee Kalli Sein is a designer / glass artist. The owner and runner of the glass studio Ideeklaas, Ideeklaas produces glass design from jewelery to chandeliers. The main direction of the last year - recycling of materials from the Estonian closed glass factory (Estonian raw material 50 years ago)

Glass is a fragile product, whereas at the same time infinitely recyclable. Glass production is associated with high energy costs, so the recycling or re-use of glass is completely sustainable. A small test tube on the chest evokes positive emotions. If recycled glass breaks, it can be re-melted. Glass of Wine (Afterparty) Necklace and earrings (hooks Ag 925). Every set is made from a single broken champagne goblet. Goblet’s foot and stem are grinded and polished, earrings are melted/ blown from goblet’s bowl-part in 1000 degree flame. Every broken high-quality goblet is different, broken pieces are different - so are every resultat - jewelry set - unique and different.

Brooch: Material: A Soviet-era test tube Necklace and earrings Glass of Wine (Afterparty) Material: a broken wine glass


Laura Saks sakslaura@hotmail.com The creator and designer of the EGG Laura Saks brand is Laura Saks, a young designer operating on a small Estonian island. He uses recycling and environmentally friendly approaches in his creative work. His great passion is design and cooking.

The EGG brand is inspired by the search for recycling options. Observing the amount of garbage left over from making breakfast at home and in the hotel, It turned out that a large part is made up of eggshells, which can be given new life. The earrings are handmade using biological materials - poultry eggshell and bio-resin (produced from plant or other agricultural products). The design of the earrings follows the shape of the egg and the fasteners are made of silver. Only natural dyes have been used to color eggshells - charcoal, beets, turmeric, red cabbage, chlorella algae, matcha tea. The natural color range of eggshells is also represented. Brown, white, green, bluish, gray chicken eggs and patterned quail eggs have been used.

Two collections “Scrambled Eggs” and “Boiled Eggs” have been made from recycled eggshells.


Eva-Karlotta Tatar www.evakarlotta.wixsite.com/karlottadesign evakarlotta@gmail.com Karlotta is a professional leather artisan with working experience in a sustainable leather design field. She has studied in Gaermany and earned her master’s degree in Accessory Design in Kolding Design School (DK) and specialized in leather bags. She has practiced arts and crafts tutoring in Estonia and in the U.S.

The idea of project was to design a collection of bags that has minimal impact on the environment. Old leather garments are used to create new value in things that are considered waste. As an outer material, there has been used consumer waste which is old leather jackets, and as an inner lining, there has been used production waste, which is left over from sneaker making. The circular economy principles are used in designing the collection, which is not only using waste but also considering the products’ full life cycle. The materials are easily separated for recycling and the design is made to have minimal details. It’s missing a classical lining which later on makes the separation and recycling easier.


Margot Vaaderpass (WOH) www.woh.ee, woh@woh.ee Margot Vaaderpass is a fashion designer and freelance interior designer who graduated in 2019 with a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London. She has previously worked for fashion designer Christopher Raeburn in London and has also been a lecturer in the fashion department at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Today, Margot is the chief designer of Ivo Nikkolos and the founder of the WOH brand.

WOH designs furniture and home accessories that strike a balance between functionality, a clean Nordic design language, and sustainability. When creating products, the WOH studio seeks beauty in simplicity. Discreet and practical objects can help create a good atmosphere. Both traditional and new technologies and materials are used as working methods. The result is high-quality interior design elements that help to create a warm, homey feeling in any modern space, offering comfort in everyday life.

The WOH products on display use recycled felt made from plastic bottles. R-PET + stainless steel and R-PET + wood


Tarmo Luisk luisktarmo@gmail.com Tarmo Luisk is one of the most well-known and most productive individuals among modern industrial Estonian designers. He’s been pursuing his passion for design since graduating and has been awarded with the Estonian design award ‘Bruno’ on multiple occasions. Tarmo’s creation is known for its compromise of simplicity and wit – both of which are characteristics of great design. He enjoys giving witty titles to his work so his public looks at his design work through the prism of humour. The works are detailed with precision leading it to well-developed robustness. Designer with over 25 years of experience, mainly in lighting and furniture. Several solo and group exhibitions.

The designer gives new life and function to a skateboard that is no longer suitable for skateboarding. Even the leather used as a covering material is a residue from the furniture industry. The product is strong, light, and unique. Less waste, a cleaner world!

Seats. Material: old skateboards and scrap leather


Igor Volkov www.lum.ee, lum@lum.ee The designer of LUM, Igor Volkov, is an inventor of smart solutions. He synthesizes work and flashes of thought. His ideas are based on brilliantly simple ideas that are built through 2/3 of design and 1/3 of technology. With LUM he believes that using natural materials and keeping things simple makes for beauty. Igor Volkov graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts majoring in product design in 2001. As an exchange student, he has also studied at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki.

Sawdust is a useless residue from any wood industry. As a rule, most companies get rid of sawdust without benefiting themselves or bringing any benefit to the environment. “Time of Sawdust” is a watch with a case made of 100% sawdust. Thus, useless sawdust becomes a useful resource!

Clock. Material: sawdust, wood.


Elmet Treier elmet.tre@gmail.com Elmet Treier is a furniture, lighting and product designer who loves to experiment with wood. The products are made from timber remnants from the furniture industry.

Veneer waste is the most common waste material in the production of furniture and plywood. At the initiative of the designer, the veneer layers are glued and pressed together to make luminaires.

Lighting Husk Material: precious wood veneer plywood


Leonardo Meigas leonardo@leonardo.ee Leonardo Meigas is an esteemed Estonian designer with extensive experience. His field of work extends from interior design to furniture, lighting fixtures and watches, communication design and corporate identity graphics.

Uprolls upcycles heavy-duty cardboard rolls into objects of interior design. The rolls are leftover material from mainstream production industry. Through Uprolls’ upcycling and design process the rolls gain a new life and turn into chairs, tables, lamps etc. Furniture textiles also come from the residues of the furniture industry, where we pick out good quality textiles. Uprolls contributes to the saving of material and energy, which would otherwise be used for the production of elements for analogous products. Cardboard chair “Katarina” was nominated for the international competition SIT Furniture Design Award 2020 and was the 1st prize winner in armchair category.

Cardboard chair “Katarina” Material: cardboard


Anne Türn www.annetyrn.com, annetyrn@gmail.com “For me being an artist is a way of living along with love for nature and wilderness. I have been experimenting with traditional materials - clay, glass, trying to break the rules, trying to make things that at first seemed impossible. Play with light, fragile glass clay and porcelain.”

With ceramics it is like with the nature. You have to listen. Never go against. I use paperclay that contains recycled paper and for glass I use old bottles or old windows that I melt for the second time. I love to expand boarders, walk on the edge. My work is about testing the limits of materials and myself. Using paperclay and letting the mix of glazes and glass melt as they wish. Giving them the possibility to play. It is like the cooperation of me and the materials. I give them the possibility - they create the miracles . It is about the fragility of nature, the fragility of life. And the power at the same time.

Drop and Ice. Material: porcelain and optical fiber cable, used recycled paper


Raili Keiv railikeiv.com, railikeiv@gmail.com Raili Keiv is a ceramic designer who lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. Raili Keiv studied ceramics and product design in Estonian Academy of Arts, Germany and Denmark. “The materials I use are both the substance of and inspiration for my design. The perfectibility and possibilities of porcelain has been my subject for many years. I have been experimenting with the boundaries of porcelain. Nevertheless I have stayed on the moreor-less functional aspects of the objects, which are often associated with the theme of tableware.”

CONCRETE MEETS PORCELAIN / RE-USE “Antique” features reused plates and cups that, along with concrete, present new forms and functions. Old tableware has a strong narrative, so the designer played with that history.

Tabelware - Concrete.Meets Porcelain Material: porcelain, concrete


Nada by Fotografiska contact: curator Raili Keiv railikeiv@gmail.com

In 2019, the students of ceramics, glass, jewellery and blacksmithing at the Estonian Academy of Arts designed tableware and utensils for the Fotografiska Tallinn restaurant, the 18-seat chef’s table of the restaurant of the international art gallery, offering dishes that are prepared in a sustainable manner. With an innovative approach to the art of cooking, they were an inspiring partner for EKA students cultivating conversations about globally sensitive topics. The students designed and made tableware that would be in line with the restaurant’s values: recycling, zero waste, sustainability, local material and fresh design. The project explored the experience of zero waste restaurants around the world, found new ways to re-use broken dishes, and developed unexpected approaches to recycle discarded material. Design students employed scrap metal, used tableware and cups as raw materials creating new, unique dishes that harmonize with the restaurant’s environment.


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