ceramics, product design


‘Going for a walk’ means totally different between Finland and South Korea where I grew up. I have a vivid memory of the first attempt to walk in the forest near my home in Finland. It started like a normal park that you can stroll down then it changed into narrow pedestrian road between deep forests. Deep forests like the one you can drive 2 hours from a city; deep forests like the one never have been touched. Above all, people walk into the deep forest without a second hesitation instead of path.

Nature is perhaps treated differently in Finland than any other places. Finns seemingly admit they are part of nature. They do not live in the city. Even they do have a residence in the city, they miss the life in cottages and proudly talk about how they spend their holiday there. And Finns endure severe weather dreaming of going back to forest picking blueberries and mushroom. The preparation of going into nature is always simple. Coffee, a kettle, a cup, a knife, makkara and a good pair of shoes.

Kokko is the moment when you are in forest making a cup of coffee. Tea light underneath creates cozy mood as well as keeping coffee hot. Copper handle contrasts with white porcelain to embrace the colour of fire.