Six timber cabins have been installed in the café space of Institut Finlandais to resemble a mini village of aitta guest houses, from January to May 2017. Koti (Finnish for ‘home’) is designed to warm hearts with a sampling of Scandinavian hospitality and a cultural programme of concerts, talks and film screenings. Passersby can enjoy a voyeuristic moment through the expansive windows of the institute, as guests emerge from their cabins to enjoy breakfast at the communal dining table designed by architects Mattila & Merz. Piippu pots by Kaksikko filled with coffee accompany traditional specialities of rye bread, salted butter and Finnish berries, all served up on ceramic tableware by Nathalie Lahdenmäki.
KOTI is part of Mobile Home 2017, a project exploring the different meanings of home through architecture, art, science with unique installations across the various institutes in Benelux, Berlin, London and Paris.
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