Color, Shape, white Space and Their Relationship

Lotta Nieminen designs TRAY for AKTTEM

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Color, Shape, white Space and Their Relationship
11/06/2019 - The color enthusiast Lotta Nieminen designs TRAY for German design brand AKTTEM. TRAY is the first product for AKTTEM's home accessoires range designed by the finnish Art Director, Illustrator and Designer with New York-based studio.
AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

AKTTEM, founded in January 2018, by Designer Verena Hennig, creates sustainable furniture, lighting and living accessories for everyday use, with the ambition to enhance our everyday lives by creating engaging interactions between the object and its users. Following this idea Lotta created TRAY as a storage system that would function as a serving tray, but could be disassembled to work for a variety of different uses as well.
AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

Recently Lotta Nieminen’s work was displayed as solo show under the title „Works, Etc. / Töitä, jne“ at the Design Museum Helsinki.
„Works, Etc.

„Works, Etc." exhibition by Lotta Nieminen at Design Museum Helsinki, Photo by Jonne Sippola

The exhibition explored the same elements as her graphic design and illustration work — color, shape, white space and their relationship — in order to create a larger world around a selection of existing work. Included in the body of work, her design for AKTTEM: TRAY.
„Works, Etc.

„Works, Etc." exhibition by Lotta Nieminen at Design Museum Helsinki, Photo by Jonne Sippola

TRAY was Lottas Nieminen very first time working on developing an actual object. 'It was important to me that the product would be something that I would personally use or need: I feel like it helped me understand the product better. I have a relatively broad collection of different ceramic tiles at home that I use as coasters, trivets or under pots of plants. This became the starting point and inspiration to the tray: I wanted to create a storage system that would function as a tray, but that could be disassembled to work for a variety of different uses, like I do with my ceramic tiles', the designer explains.
AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

Lotta approached the project with an interest for color, tactility and composition. The original idea of using different materials for each piece evolved into a color based approach, 'Choosing the colors was primarily an intuitive process: they had to be interesting together and work on their own. For this first edition, I ended up selecting primarily muted hues (my favorites!), with one single pop of warm red to liven things up.'
AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

AKTTEM, TRAY, Photo by Tilman Weishart

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