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  • Glass for Everyone

  • Glass for Everyone

  • Glass for Everyone

  • Glass for Everyone

  • Glass for Everyone

Glass for Everyone

Exhibition design: 150 m²
Exhibition open: 19.5.2017–31.1.2021
Customer: The museum of Kymenlaakso
Address: Maritime Centre Vellamo, Tornatorintie 99, 48100 Kotka
Principal design office: Jaana Partanen ja Heikki Lamusuo
Pa-La Team: Suvi Niinisalo, Maija Haapala

09 / 2016
05 / 2017

The exhibition tells a story about Finland’s most influencial glass factory starting from when it was opened in 1889 to the last bottle manufactured with love in 2009. Shown are over thousand glass items from everyday glass jars to specialty items and the stars of 1930’s world’s fair. In this exhibition you can enjoy design and everyday aesthetics. The collectors can enjoy the large amount of glass pieces boasting valuable cultural history. The exhibition is open from May 19th, 2017 thru January 31st, 2021.

Glass for Everyone, 2017. Photo © Suvi Niinisalo.

Karhula glass factory bear marking in the bottom of the bowl. Kuva © Suvi Niinisalo.

The whirl of smoke leads the guest to enjoy the history of the factory and the items within. © Pa-La

Entrance to the exhibition Glass for Everyone, 2017. Photo © Pa-La

The illuminated showcases present the items beautifully. Photo © Suvi Niinisalo.

Partanen & Lamusuo was responsible for exhibition and graphic design of the space. The bright display cases lighted from within give the space a rhythm and let the items shine with their own true colors. The exhibition is divided into five distinctly colored different themes based on the glass factory’s history and the glass items displayed. The acoustics and the ability to read the description text of the items played an important role when designing the exhibition.

The exhibition is led on by trace of smoke that tells a story about the ambience of glass making from the very beginning to the last bottle of sorrow. It symbolically entwines the history of the factory and the exhibition space.

Glass for Everyone, 2017. Photo © Suvi Niinisalo.

Glass for Everyone, 2017. Photo © Suvi Niinisalo.

We think that more important than flexibility for the creative collaboration is adaptability.
The ability to tell the same story even when the amount of pages in the book changes. With the knowledge collected having completed hundreds of small and large projects we can deduce that even though we are very proud of what we have accomplished the merit for our best work goes to our clients. They have shared our point of view that we only succeed because we share the same vision and dream. We design spaces, buildings and environments that are comfortable to live and work, pleasant to the eye and sustainable. We are creative design and architectural group, we want to create an inclusive world all around us - Piece by Piece.