Studioilse turns the VitraHaus loft into the home of a fictional couple for Vitra and Artek’s current exhibition

Living room in apartment, lived in by fictional couple
The first joint exhibition of design brands Vitra and Artek, curated by Ilse Crawford, takes the form of an apartment, lived in by fictional couple Hari and Astrid, in the loft of the VitraHaus, Weil am Rhein. Photography: Felix Odell
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The loft of Harri and Astrid in Weil am Rhein, Germany, is the perfect fusion of their Finnish and German heritage: easy, understated and practical. A musician and set designer, respectively, they've blended their passions harmoniously, building a space for work, rest and entertaining that is full of light and life. Along the way they've been 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'.

Harri and Astrid are, of course, fictional characters. They represent the shared values of Artek and Vitra, the two contemporary design brands that joined forces last autumn. Ilse Crawford of Studioilse curated the design of the loft, atop VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein, not only to celebrate Vitra's recent acquisition of Artek - founded by Aalto - but to portray the collections as they are in life, not as artworks behind glass.

The loft will be open to the public all year, as an extension of the Vitra campus.

Studio in VitraHaus loft

The home of Harri (a musician) and Astrid (a set designer) is also their joint studio

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VitraHaus loft apartment

A quiet corner in the VitraHaus loft

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Candles in brass mugs

Crawford's domestic tableaux are a response to a request from Nora Fehlbaum of Vitra and Mirkku Kullberg of Artek to bring the two brands to life in the loft installation

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Joint desk workspace in loft studio

At the centre of the studio is a joint desk, where Harri and Astrid can work at either end

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Communal workspace in studio

Alongside items from the back catalogues of Vitra and Artek, Crawford filled the loft with personal items that communicate the couple's creative lifestyle

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Loft dining area with long table

The loft is loosely divided into a studio and a living area, which is anchored by a long dining table that could serve multiple purposes

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Long dining table with assortment of chairs

An assortment of chairs collected over the years circle the long dining table

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Upright piano and drinks trolley

The upright piano, next to the drinks trolley, is used for spontaneous performances at parties

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Library area with occasional chairs

A history of the Vitra and Artek collections is arranged among books and objects from this fictional lifestyle

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Grand piano and art easels

A grand piano in the studio nods to Harri's work in music

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Corkbboard faced studio goodwill

A studio wall faced in corkboard is used as a moodboard by both residents

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Daybed and artwork in loft studio

Next to Harri's easels and beneath his recent artwork is an Artek trolley, designed by Alvar Aalto. The Vitra 'Suita' daybed was designed by Antonio Citterio

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Artist work trolley with art supplies

The trolley doubles as an artist's workstation

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Ray Eames Strasse
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Weil am Rhein