Making its global debut at London Design Festival 2021, Vaarnii‘s Finnish Brutalism-style collection comprises twelve pieces by a roster of internationally renowned designers. Vaarnii tasked each with creating an object that responded to the inherent qualities, limitations and benefits of pine. The result is a remarkably cohesive – and highly striking – family of furniture and accessories that makes a compelling case for a pine renaissance and revival of Brutalism style.
Launched in 2021, Vaarnii is a furniture company with a uniquely Finnish perspective. On a mission to kickstart a new era in furniture design, the brand creates striking yet simple objects rooted in function and defined by material. The result is a brutal yet sophisticated aesthetic, a transparent materiality, and a collection of contemporary furniture that will endure for generations. Vaarnii’s first collection is made exclusively from wild Scots Pine – the most abundant wood in Finland – and each subsequent collection will focus on a different material.
As the aesthetic we wanted to achieve is quite distinctive we spent a considerable amount of time deciding which designer would design what. We also wanted to find a good balance between serious industrial designers and more artistic ones. One doesn’t create future classics trying by playing it safe. We always thought that we’d rather make ugly than non-distinctive products.”- Antti Hirvonen, co-founder, Vaarnii
The form of Mac Collins’ Bowls is definite and unwavering in its evocation of sturdiness and stability.
Coffee Table by Soft Baroque
The satisfyingly rational joints of traditional Finnish log houses, themselves a celebration of elementary wooden construction, have been used to decorative effect in this most solid of tables.
AA bench by Kwangho Lee
A whole pine log runs through the centre of the AA Bench, sandwiched between a seat and an inverted V form.
Lounge chair by Max Lamb
Yet a hard-as-nails first impression soon gives way to a visual softness and physical comfort
You can discover the complete collection here.