Estonia’s best interiors and design 2017
Compiler and editor:
Margus Tammik (o2 Works)
Kairi Rand, Liivi Haamer, Kristi Org
Kadri Kaljumets (o2 Works)
Estonian language editor:
Estonian Association of Interior Architects
© Estonian Association of Interior Architects
Ruumipilt 2017 on ISSUU
Kees Spanjers, interior architect, architect
Jan Skolimowski, architect
Kaido Kivi, interior architect, designer
Pille Lausmäe, interior architect
Kai Lobjakas, art historian
The tradition of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects annual awards is extraordinarily long in the Estonian context. The prizes are being handed out this year for the 40th time. Established in 1977 by the then Estonian SSR Artists Union designers section, over a hundred awards have been handed out over the years in different categories or sometimes freely without being confined to categories. Over the years, the award-winners have included full interiors, exhibition designs, furniture, objects and publications on related topics.
The standard procedure is that a competition is announced and a jury appointed by the Union’s board consisting of different members each year which makes a selection from among the nominated works.
For four decades, the awards have gone to the best works of Estonian interior architecture, including environments with longer or shorter lifespan, as well as one-time events; the interior architects behind these works are simply the best practitioners and thinkers on the local interior architecture landscape.
The award-winners make up a superb overview of the particularities of public and personal spaces and objects, forming a well-defined trajectory for telling the story of local interior architecture over four decades. The award-winning works reveal the big picture that speaks in the languages and styles of several decades.
This year, we sifted through 70 entries to select 33 nominees. For the second year, a student prize was handed out as an independent prize. The professional operating radius of the nominated works extends from offices to theatres, exhibitions and homes; the geographic reach from Tallinn and Põlva to Berlin. Ruumipilt 2017 introduces these works using plentiful images and also brings to light the architects’ thoughts regarding the work process and the final outcome.
You’re holding a multifaceted overview of the latest and best that Estonian interior architecture had to offer in 2017.
Kai Lobjakas, compiler and editor of Ruumipilt 2017
It was exciting to take part in the work of the jury and gain an overview of the Estonian interior architecture landscape – the general impression, calibre, ideas, results, and trends and orientations.
Interior architecture is a sensitive area that is surprisingly responsive to changes taking place in society, reflecting clearly what is going on around us. When things are on the upswing for a society, it can be perceived in the interior architecture of private homes and public buildings as well. People are more open, their imaginations are freer to soar, the customer and architect’s ambitions are greater. In a difficult period, however, people are more conservative, exercise more discretion.
First of all, it should be noted that a record number of works were nominated. So an initial selection had to be made, and it was critical to exclude trendiness and to reward integrity of the final result. Every interior always ultimately resembles the people who commissioned and created it. So the interiors that made the initial cut were ones where the collaboration between architect and customer could be evaluated.
The calibre and professionalism of Estonian interior architecture is rising and awareness of its quality is spreading with each passing year. There’s no reason to be modest about our working environment, our schools, to say nothing about the design of our dining establishments.
In 2017, Lonely Planet praised Tallinn’s restaurants and I’m sure that the calibre of their interior architecture played a part in this honour. A predominant share of this year’s nominees were restaurants and cafes. All of the works were at a high level, long having become favourite haunts for their patrons.
The production buildings and hospital nominated for the annual prize deserve to be separately highlighted. A realization has dawned: hiring an interior architect may increase the construction budget for such a facility, but the end result is a work environment that meets contemporary requirements and aesthetics that is bound to improve job performance and the owner’s reputation among clients and employees alike.
The extent and calibre of the exhibition designs nominated was a positive surprise. The works varied greatly in content, presentation style, size and budget.
All of the works, both in the final cut and the list of nominees, were good and the quality was consistently high and professional. The interior architect’s job is increasingly a team process. The interior architect is an equal partner to all the other members of the design team, and the interior architect’s role in shaping the impact and milieu of a space is impossible to underestimate.
These were the main trends in the 2017 crop of interiors, and that’s something we can only be pleased with!
Pille Lausmäe, member of the jury, chairman of the board of EAIA
Recipients of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects annual awards 2017
Exhibition Echo of the Urals– Jan Graps, Ken-Kristjan Ruut, Anne Määrmann
Apartment on Kivimäe Street – Ines Käärma, Ingrid Songisepp
National Archives Noora – Urmo Vaikla, Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, with contributions by Helle-Triin Hansumäe and Maarja Varkki (Vaikla Studio). Architecture: Illimar Truverk, Sander Aas (Arhitekt 11), with contributions by Margus Soonets
Restaurant Juur – Ahti Grünberg, Tõnis Kalve
The Vello Asi Student Award – Elin-Harriet Helemäe
Nominees for the Estonian Association of Interior Architects annual awards
1. Karl Storz offices – Tiiu Truus, with contributions by Konstantin Rõbkin, Maili Tannenberg
2. Elisa Kulma flagship store – Jan Graps, Ken-Kristjan Ruut,
3. Exhibition Echo of the Urals – Jan Graps, Ken-Kristjan Ruut, Anne Määrmann
4. Kaubamaja men’s section – Janno Roos, Liisa Põime
5. Tekero showroom – Hillar Mänd
6. Velvet & UDDU offices – Mari Koger, Taavi Aunre
7. Tokumaru Takeaway – Tomomi Hayashi, Mari Põld
8. Health Centre Kotka Tervisemaja – Rene Safin, Liina Kink
9. Hotel Lydia – Kaire Kemp-Tišler, Ea Andla
10. Mon Repos restaurant – Riina Harik, Külli Salum
11. Arsenal shopping centre – Katrin Kaevats, Jaan Port, Markus Nimik, Neeme Tiimus
12. Apartment in Pariser Platz – Marita Mätas, Kätlin Ölluk
13. Hotel Sophia and Fii restaurant – Ville Lausmäe, Peeter Klaas
14. Puppet Theatre – Eliina Grünberg, Maile Grünberg, Katrin Tammsaar
15. Parrot MiniBar – Lilia Kristianson, Reet Helisabeth Karm
16. Restaurant Pull – Ines Käärma, Ingrid Songisepp, Aap Piho
17. Apartment in Rotermann street – Ines Käärma, Ingrid Songisepp
18. Apartment in Kivimäe street – Ines Käärma, Ingrid Songisepp
19. Apartment in Lai street – Riin Kärema, Kerli Lepp
20. Arcwood headquaters – Kadri Tamme, Harri Kaplan, Liis Mägi
21. Exhibition Natural Death – Kristiina Kuus
22. StVitus Pub – Kristiina Kuus
23. Järveküla school – Margit Teikari, Tuuli Trei
24. Ugala Theatre – Mait Summatavet
25. Exhibition Polar Spaces – Mari Hunt, Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi (Arhitektuuribüroo b210) and workshop participants (Ulla Alla, Kristel Alliksaar, Ivo Arro, Alden Jõgisuu, Anne Kaljas, Juhan Kangilaski, Taavi Kask, Maris Kohv, Heleri Koltšin, Kaarel Kuusk, Martin Küttim, Joosep Laht, Helmi Langsepp, Helena Leif, Hannes Lung, Helen Melesk, Alina Nurmist, Raul Polding, Ann Press, Kirke Päss, Maarja-Liis Raamat, Mihkel Raev, Geithy Sepp, Liina Soosaar, Jekaterina Zakilova)
26. Öpik Business Building lobby – Hannelore Kääramees, Mattias Agabus, Tiiu Saal
27. National Archives building Noora permanent exposition – Ann Mirjam Vaikla, Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, Urmo Vaikla
28. Kaubamaja shoe section – Margit Argus, Maris Kerge
29. Kiltsi Map Castle exposition – Margit Argus, Siim Karro
30. RØST bakery – Sander Allmere, Kris Libe and Mari Hunt, Britta Kongo, Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi
31. Telia Eesti headquarters – Kärt Kukkur, Marja Viltrop, Liina Remmer, Riin Luuk
32. National Archives building Noora – Urmo Vaikla, Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, kaasa töötasid Helle-Triin Hansumäe ja Maarja Varkki
33. Juur retaurant – Ahti Grünberg, Tõnis Kalve
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