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Finnish Pavilion / Shanghai World Fair, 2010

Firepit was a fireplace produced in collaboration with the Finnish design brand Iittala as a one-off piece to be the focal point of the Finnish Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010. Due to its considerable size at four meters in diameter, Firepit was an immediate statement piece and generated a lot of publicity during the event. The fireplace consisted of steel and held stones that emitted the ethanol-fueled fire in its middle. In the past, Ilkka had previously explored fire as a theme in his work with Iittala, but this was his first time to successfully integrate fire into an architectural piece.