DesignStory, my new go-to site for great deals on modern home furnishings is currently running a sale on Ilmiriita textiles by Russian designer Johanna Kunelius. ?Ilmiriita? is a Finnish word for an open quarrel or brawl, but Johanna explains that it has several meanings for her. It partially represents a source of inspiration — her grandmother Ilmi and also reflects her own struggle as a designer between art and commercialism.
If you sign up for DesignStory before November 9th, you’re entered to win one of 10 Eero Aarnio Soap Chairs, but even if you don’t win at least you can get a good deal on these adorable pillows (and much more)!
She says of this collection:
It all started on one of my daily walks in St. Petersburg. In the bustle of the streets, I watched as people and dogs passed by, the dogs taking their owners to a nearby park. But suddenly I saw something unforgettable: I laid my eyes on two eagles, with their eyes glowing, sitting on a perch and spreading their wings. The birds were kept as a tourist attraction and had already gathered a crowd of spectators. I could sense that an ?ilmiriita? was about to start. All the while, a young man collected money from tourists who wanted to be photographed with the eagles. I headed back home, but carried the idea of ?ilmiriita? with me.