HEL YES! 15.9 -3.10. 2010
15 September - 3 October 2010
Londonewcastle Depot, 1-3 Wenlock Road, London N1 7SL
Can furniture be made from trees thinned out from the forest? Can a new dinner set be created from donated plates? Can a restaurant gather ingredients straight from the forest? Can something new come out of foraging the old?
HEL YES! is a temporary restaurant and exhibition imagined and realised by a creative team of Finnish designers and food visionaries; Antto Melasniemi together with London-based designers Mia Wallenius and Klaus Haapaniemi. Unveiled in mid-September during London Design Festival 2010, it served successfully as a melting pot of people and ideas for 14 days.
The restaurant and exhibition showcased the best in Finnish food and design. Partnering with Finland's world class design houses Iittala and Artek for exclusive customised furniture, lighting and tableware, modern and future classics built bridges between the past and the present in HEL YES!.
A number of items were exclusively made for the opening of HEL YES!. The lighting design, furniture and staff uniforms were designed by the most sought after talent in contemporary Finnish design; Fashion EAST designer Heikki Salonen, interior/furniture designer Linda Bergroth, sculptor/video artist Maria Duncker and furniture and product designer Harri Koskinen.
HEL YES! is commissioned and produced by the Finnish Institute in London as part of the Arts & Culture Programme.
Presented in partnership with:
Design Forum Finland, Embassy of Finland in London, European Capital of Culture Turku 2011, Genelec, Helsinki Design Week, Koskenkorva Vodka 1st Harvest 2010, Londonewcastle, Nikari, Notting Hill Arts Club, OK Do, Purple PR, Saas Instruments, Selki-Asema, Turku Modern
City of Helsinki, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, The Alfred Kordelin Foundation
For further press information or images, please contact:
The Finnish Institute in London, +44 (0)20 7404 3309
Animaya Grant, animaya.grant(a)finnish-institute.org.uk