For Sami, the sauna that naturally came to mind was the one his grandparents once had. And, more specifically, the organic feel of the soft, curved cuts of the carved grey log walls in it.
“I’ve always loved the feeling of wood when it’s cut with an axe – the shape of it. It’s not machine-made solid wood, but hand carved, and it creates this really beautiful rhythm,” Sami shares. “I wanted to create the same feeling for BASTUA”.
A long-time specialist in ceramics and glassware at Marimekko, Sami then embarked on his first-ever pattern making adventure in the collaboration with IKEA.
“When I started to sketch the pattern, it started to remind me of mountain and lake landscapes as well,” Sami recounts. “But when I started to draw it, it didn’t feel natural”.
To recreate the feeling of carved wood, Sami instead took to cutting all the simple shapes of the pattern from one piece of paper by hand.