Lokal Creators / Benjamin Murphy

Benjamin Murphy, born in West Yorkshire, is a globally exhibiting visual artist. His current work explores themes of polarity, time, memory, and contrast – often rendered in charcoal on raw canvas. We visited his studio in Helsinki just before he set up his Lokal White Wall exhibition, Éanáir. 

Lokal Creators / Sini Villi

Sini Villi is a textile artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. In her work Villi uses handmade ribbon to create three-dimensional textile reliefs and sculptures. We visited her Helsinki studio on a summer afternoon just after she’d set up her White Wall exhibition, Ammonites.

Lokal Creators / Fanny Tavastila

Fanny Tavastila is a painter who lives and works in Helsinki. We visited her studio at the Cable Factory one dark November afternoon to get a closer look at her works, which posess an innate and lyrical sense of colour, rhythm, texture and composition.

Lokal Creators / Hanni Koroma

Hanni Koroma is an award-winning Finnish interior architect and furniture designer. In her work, Koroma combines functionality and aesthetics into timeless entities where her philosophic values in sustainable and playful design meet. Koroma says that space is like a poem that evolves constantly. Her new Lohkoja cabinets are centrepieces of our summer exhibition Butterflies & Seeds. 

Lokal Creators / Minna Arponen

Minna Arponen is a jewellery designer and maker from Helsinki. Recently, she’s been fascinated by the tiny glass beads that she used to play with in her childhood. We visited her studio where most of her pieces take form, if not in her lap on tram rides through the city.

Lokal Creators / Pan Jianfeng

Pan Jianfeng is a conceptual artist working predominately with paper and ink. His background and techniques are rooted in tradition, but his works are strong and contemporary. We visited his home studio one early spring afternoon to learn more about his works in our Year of the Rabbit exhibition.

Lokal Creators / Aimo Katajamäki

Aimo Katajamäki is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. His superhero wood sculptures depict human nature in a subtle and delicate way. We visited his studio just a few blocks from Lokal as he was carving his new pieces for the Year of the Rabbit exhibition.

Lokal Creators / Milla Vaahtera

Milla Vaahtera is a designer and artist best known for her unique pieces combining bold glass parts with delicate brass.On a winter’s day earlier this year we visited her studio in an old elementary school building in Helsinki, where she assembles her pieces.

Lokal Creators / Katy Hertell

Katy Hertell is a sculptor living in Helsinki. She draws inspiration from Eastern and Greek mythology, from the animal world, from children and from Nature, in creating hand-built sculptures. These photos accompanied by a short interview are from a recent visit to her at her studio at the Cable Factory in Helsinki.

Lokal Creators / Rasmus Palmgren

Rasmus Palmgren is a designer who seeks new perspectives for everyday objects, always on the lookout for clever, innovative and simple solutions and a fine balance between material, aesthetics, usability and production. Over the years we have had the joy to exhibit his unique, sculptural furniture pieces.

Lokal Creators / Matti Pikkujämsä

Matti Pikkujämsä is an esteemed freelance illustrator and artist since, working in the interface of art and illustration. We visited his make-shift studio in his Helsinki apartment just before we started setting up his solo exhibition Variations.

Lokal Creators / Outi Martikainen

Outi Martikainen is a classically trained textile artist. Her works are influenced by craftworks and the practice of observation, which is so central to art. Martikainen often finds her materials in everyday life and gives them a new purpose.

Lokal Creators / Sasha Huber

Sasha Huber is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage. Huber’s work is primarily concerned with history’s influence on the present and focuses mainly on the ramifications of colonialism. We visited her studio as she was working on her new pieces for our Jewel exhibition, as well as her Tailoring Freedom series.

Lokal Creators / Linda Linko

Linda Linko is a Helsinki-based visual artist, who creates images that are linked to momentary experience. We visited her studio just as she had emptied it out to fill the Lokal Gallery space for her solo exhibition Blush.

Lokal Creators / Päivi Keski-Pomppu

Päivi Keski-Pomppu is a fine jewellery designer based in Helsinki, Finland. We visited her studio, where she works on both her jewellery as well as her sculptural pieces.

Lokal Creators / Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen

Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and researcher. We visited her studio as she was preparing her pieces for the Sinua sinua rakastan exhibition.

Lokal Creators / Melissa Sammalvaara

Melissa Sammalvaara is inspired by nature and our relation to it, which shows in her mossy, luscious ‘rya’ artworks and the preference in ecological and second hand materials.

Lokal Creators / Saija Halko

Saija Halko is a Helsinki-based ceramicist and designer. She works in her studio on small scale production of ceramics. Her way of working is based on a deep knowledge of material and hands-on methods.

Lokal Creators / Matias Karsikas

Matias Liimatainen is a Helsinki-based sculptor and artist, whose work we have been presenting at Lokal for several years now in exhibitions both in Finland and abroad.

Lokal Creators / Paula Pääkkönen

Paula Pääkkönen is a glass artist and glassblower working in the Nuutajärvi Glass Village.

Lokal Creators / Antrei Hartikainen

Antrei Hartikainen (b. 1991) is a master cabinetmaker and designer from Fiskars, known for his exquisite works in wood.

Lokal Creators / Nathalie Lautenbacher

Nathalie Lautenbacher is a Franco-Finnish ceramist, whose extraordinary products and art pieces have been sold at Lokal since its founding year.

Lokal Creators / Veera Kulju

Veera Kulju is a remarkable textile and ceramics artist, who has lent her vision and understanding to us in the form of designs made and produced exclusively for Lokal.

Lokal Creators / Eija Koski

Take a moment to look into Eija Koski’s studio, learn about the himmeli making process, and become enchanted by a silent magic as she guides you through her world.

Lokal Creators / Inka Kivalo

We visited the studio of Finnish textile artist Inka Kivalo, who’s wonderful works have been shown at Lokal for years now.

Lokal Creators / Yoshimasa Yamada

Yoshimasa Yamada’s work has been presented and sold at Lokal from the very early years.

Lokal Creators / Nathalie & Naoto

The Finnish-Japanese Naoto Niidome and the Finnish-French Nathalie Lautenbacher duo began their collaboration in 2008.

Lokal Creators / Renata Schirm

Renata Schirm is a glass artist born in Hungary and based in Finland.