Shadow installation at Helsinki City Museum

“The Falkman’s courtyard will be filled by Willem Heeffer and Jussi Karjalainen’s light installation Around Helsinki, based on shadow theatre techniques. The installation features familiar and less familiar landmarks of Helsinki, including Hotel Torni, Merihaka, Linnanmäki, a kiosk and an old street lamp, alongside iconic urban transport vehicles ranging from an old tram to a […]

Eliel Saarinen Tribune tower at HAM

Five Finnish museums join forces to celebrate Finland’s centennial year 2017 with a major joint exhibition. Modern Life!  It showcases the success story of Finnish architecture including the never built skyscraper designed for the Chicago Tribune tower competition by Eliel Saarinen, 1922 The scale model is 2.35 meters tall and used up over 40m2 material. […]

Type-house models for HAM

The type-house models take part of the exhibition Modern Life at Ham. It showcases the success story of Finnish architecture and design. After the Second World War the standard system for house design took on great potency, with the creation of the so-called Rintamamiestalo house (literally: War-front soldier’s house). Basic timber constructed houses with rooms […]

Helsinki Mobile

This mobile consists of 24 laser cut birch plywood landmarks in Helsinki. The landmarks of which mostly buildings are accurate representations of the reality with an incredible amount of detail. The mobile is very tactile and moves freely with the slightest current, impressive from whatever angle you look at it. Materials used are stainless steel […]

Merihaka bronze model

Merihaka is a seashore residential area in central Helsinki, Finland consisting of large high-rise concrete housing blocks. We realised a way finding model in Bronze. A process which started with glueing together miniatures buildings in wood to the casting of a 110 kg bronze.   1300+ pieces in 0.6, 1.5 and 3 mm plywood   […]

A look inside the studio

Merihaka model in Bronze   Big order for a series of custom lamps     Making a copy of the Tapio Wirkkala axe   Cutting and putting together big lamps for Festival Helsinki   Taking the boilers out of the machines to get them ready for powder coating.   Making molds for performance with ice […]

Boiler Lamp Collection

Willem Heeffer’s Boiler Lamp collection is the first element of his new project The City as a Mine. This research project explores potential uses for various residue from local factories in Helsinki. It will result in a series of interior objects as well as an extensive catalog of industrial waste materials, including information about their […]

Scenografie Helsinki – Bronze model casting

Producing a scalable model of Helsinki as a constellation of key projects – a starting point for a new city in the spirit of Piranesi’s Scenographia Campo Marzio. Each student produced 3 duplicates in cast bronze of a miniature key project in Helsinki. This whole process took place in house at the Kulttuurisauna starting with […]

Mindful design for new interior Mandala travel

A lamp made from a washing machine drum, a stool made from scrap wood; designer Willem Heeffer spots the design potential in everyday waste objects and sets out to give them a stylish new purpose. Mandala is a Helsinki based travel agent and tour operator who offers a wide range of active holidays and adventure […]

Chocolate architecture

I was asked to give a creative workshop for the Dutch Embassy in Helsinki, Finland. The workshop was hosted by the Kulttuurisauna which is an independent institution of architecture & urbanism. I wanted to give the participants a sense of home as well as a tasty treat. I brought in laser cut basic facades, tools […]