The work of the Finnish artist and designer Markku Salo ranges from the ridged tumblers he has designed for Nude, to largescale site-specific artworks – he recently completed 11 integrated stainless steel sculptures for a new hospital in Tampere – as well as electronics and graphic design. He has lived and worked in the glass village of Nuutajarvi since 1983 – a collection of old worker cottages and factory spaces dating back to 1793. These now accommodate a community of artists and makers including blacksmiths and ceramists and a glass hot shop. Designing, says Markku, is team work. Art is a solitary affair, where only the artist can make the decisions. For him, to do both creates an ideal balance.
"All materials are equal, each one has its own strength. But glass is good because it is transparent – you can see inside it and that makes it unique."