RAIVIO & KULJU is an art and design group, formed in 2006 when Päivi and Veera met while studying in the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Raivio & Kulju´s work has elements of both art and design and their work combines function, aesthetics and most importantly experimental approach to aspects such as making or manufacturing, use and function.
Raivio & Kulju are looking into developing new ways of producing and exhibiting their work. They are interested in the life cycle of different materials and often use waste or recycled materials to create new works. Questioning the nature and qualities of mass produced objects, their work is rarely produced in series – most works, also due to their on-off materials, are unique. The From the Sea -series was based on the idea of collecting and then dismantling old leather jackets and remaking them into a totally new form and so a series of different objects, such as lamp shades, carpets and pillows, were born.
Raivio & Kulju use unusual public spaces and even a touring car to exhibit. Their aim is to interact with the audience, viewers or users, in different ways and to engage them into discussion about objects, materials and the concept of “need”.
Raivio & Kulju have organised several independent exhibitions and installations, exhibited their work internationally (in Berlin, London and Liverpool) and in Finland, lectured about experimental design and run workshops on the same subject.