In 2020 Schloss Hollenegg for Design started cooperating with The Finnland Institute in Germany, which generously sponsored one of our designers in Residence: Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen was selected. She is an award-winning designer and visual artist whose diverse production includes textiles, glass and ceramics. Helsinki–based designer has worked for textile companies in Europe, US and Japan, including many years at Marimekko.
Korolainen's artworks have been presented both in her natal Finland and abroad, and her works belong to several public and private collections. Her recent exhibitions include Emma Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Design Museum of Helsinki and Hvitträsk, a historical Art Nouveau site near Helsinki. In addition to her creative practice, Korolainen is currently working on artistic research with the support of the Finnish Cultural Foundation at the Department of Design at Aalto University, where she also occasionally teaches.
Korolainen is fascinated by the idea of time travelling to a fictional past. For her, this dialogue between the past and the present represents an inexhaustible source of inspiration. In her creative practice, Korolainen is constantly influenced by old craft techniques; she is interested in updating them for the world of today. For Schloss Hollenegg she designed fabric for a baldachin, inspired by a 14th-century representation of the Death of the Buddha. She worked together with Stephanie Klaura, founder of FabricFabrik, in Vienna to produce 12 meters of silk-screened velvet. The finished work will be shown at the upcoming exhibition East to West, in May 2022.