Hari and Astrid’s loft, or Artek and Vitra’s

Hari and Astrid’s loft in Weil am Rhein, Germany, was a fusion of their Finnish and German heritage: easy, understated and practical.

They were a musician and a set designer, respectively, they blended their passions harmoniously, building a space for work, rest and entertaining that was full of light and life. Along the way they were guided by a tenet of the legendary Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, that ‘every house should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people’.

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Hari and Astrid’s loft was an exhibition held at the VitraHaus showroom in Weil am Rhein, Germany, from studioilse a few years ago.

We wanted to go back and remember this project, as sometimes is good to remember that ultimately, most of the design pieces are made to be lived, and not to remain imprisoned as artworks behind a glass.


They represent the shared values of Artek and Vitra, the two contemporary design brands that joined forces a few years ago. Ilse Crawford of Studioilse curated the design of the loft to portray the collections as they are in life.


The styling-cum-art installation by studioilse shows the furniture of both brands being lived with comfortably, as it would in real life.

The pieces on display are design classics or perhaps even museum exhibits, but the couple are not afraid to use them and make them part of the everyday.

An Alvar Aalto tea cart is used for messy paint brushes, while an extensive mood board has been created on a cork wall, with pages torn out of magazines and tatty ends of fabric.

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Photographies from Felix Odell and courtesy from StudioIlse and Cates Hill