Maissi Bench - Wesley Walters & Salla Luhtasela

The Maissi Bench is a functional and minimalist piece of furniture by Wesley Walters and Salla Luhtasela.  Made from oak, the piece was created for an exhibition of Finnish design that took place in Mexico.  Drawing inspiration from the handrails, metal bed frames and machinery of Helsinki, Walters and Luhtasela have designed a piece that combines both Mexican culture and the simplicity of Nordic furniture.  Although challenging to build it is structurally robust and nods to the past without being overly sentimental.

The removable seating pad made by textile designer Kajsa Hytönen resembles the form and texture of blue corn, which has culinary and mythological significance in Mexican culture.

Walters and Luhtasela began working together during their studies at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.  Luhtasela is currently on an ceramics exchange in London and Wesley is finishing an MA in furniture design.  The duo are working on a ceramic container with a well-sealing lid based on a utilitarian form.   

Photos: Chikako Harada