With pop-up sleeping cabins in an exhibition space in Paris, KOTI brings a feeling of Finland to the heart of the French capital.
Finland celebrates its centenary of independence in 2017, resulting in a number of events to mark the occasion across the world. KOTI is part of this and of the wider Mobile Home 2017 project, a collaboration between the Finnish Cultural Institutes of Paris, the Benelux countries, Berlin and London. The project as a whole explores various meanings of ‘home’ in 2017, looking at aspects of architecture, art, science and society. Mobile Home 2017 culminates in a showcase of these five European projects in Helsinki at the end of the summer.
The word ‘Koti’ is Finnish for ‘home’. The KOTI project on the Rive Gauche in Paris transforms the café and the project space of the Finnish Institute into a cabin experience direct from Finland. Created by designer Linda Bergroth, six spruce timber ‘aittas’ (traditional Finnish cabins or cottages) are available to book each evening, with a range of one person to family cabins.
Frequent, refreshing visits to the cabin are an essential part of everyday life in Finland. – KOTI
Cabins come equipped with beds and cosy duvets, dressing gowns, towels, electric sockets, lamps, hand mirrors and headphones. In the morning, a Finnish breakfast is served in a communal area, while evenings can be spent socialising or taking advantage of an in-room entertainment package. Accessible via WiFi, this includes short films, documentaries, animations and Finland travel guides.
During the day, the installation is open for the public to visit. A range of inspiring events will be taking place throughout Spring 2017, including pop-up restaurants, film screenings and concerts. This kicks off with Arctic Week on 25 February to celebrate the culture of Lapland. There will be a workshop of Sámi crafts, a pop-up concert of joiku singing, while guests will find Lappish treats at the breakfast table.
On 26 February, French chef Nicolas Thieulon and his Finnish partner Kalle Kiukainen, will host a pop-up dinner. They recently opened their new restaurant BAS & BAS in Southern Helsinki, combining French bistro and Nordic cuisine. Sasu Laukkonen, one of the most prominent names behind the blossoming Helsinki food scene with his restaurant Chef & Sommelier, will also host a pop-up dinner on 26 and 27 April 2017.
KOTI will run from January to May 2017 at the Institut Finlandais, Paris.
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