Habitarematerials 2019

A democratic material library accessible to all.
Store concept, exhibition architecture, furniture design and curation
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Maija Astikainen and NEMO architects
Habitarematerials is an experiential and temporary material library aimed at democratizing design and increasing material knowledge. The concept was initially created for the Habitare Design Fair in Helsinki in 2019, and as a recurring event, the exhibition interior and architecture are produced in collaboration with the fair's material suppliers. All furniture and spatial elements are designed by NEMO architects.
Our carefully curated materials range from novelties sourced from abroad to homegrown favourites, allowing visitors to test, try out and combine the materials. We strive to equip visitors with the tools to make informed decisions about materials, encouraging them to explore beyond surface-level features. We believe that informed choices can foster a more sustainable and responsible design industry. Follow Habitrarematerials on Instagram.
In the pilot year, the exhibition stand was made of polycarbonate sheets, which were recycled after the fair into store structures for Vimma Tripla store concept. We collaborated with ABL Laatat to construct a stone shelf from a large slab and natural stone cuttings. The wooden floor manufacturer Timberwise crafted a display shelf out of parquet flooring according to our plans. Siparila, a wood product manufacturer, created a cloud-like compartment using its wall panels, and Durat, the composite board manufacturer, designed a tray table for textiles. The exhibition’s visual design was made by graphic designer Riikka Kuukka.