Commissioned by the Finnish Institute in London for the 2010 London Design Festival, HEL YES! collided furniture from thinned out forests with foraged and Finnish-imported ingredients and donated design plates in a candle—lit campsite—like space. The two-week London edition featured traditional Finnish ingredients mixed with locally foraged food. In 2011 a former warehouse in Helsinki was converted to host the next edition, again leaning on communal eating and a customised interior mixing and matching old, new, unique and repurposed items.
The already successful concept was taken even further, now combining the design-driven dining experience with contemporary dance.
The HEL YES! restaurant in 2012 at Stockholm’s Eric Ericsonshallen—an old church—during the Furniture Fair was the last build-up satellite towards the World Design Capital Helsinki celebratory year. The already successful concept was taken even further, now combining the design-driven dining experience with contemporary dance. Antto and designers Mia Wallenius and Klaus Haapaniemi worked together with a group of creatives from different disciplines, including interior designer Linda Bergroth, designer Harri Koskinen and artist Mi Duncker. Nature, pagan mysticism, textiles featuring fauna and galaxies, the spiritual side of design and Slavic vibes created a microcosmos: an interactive social gathering where the line between waiters and dancers choreographed by Kenneth Kvarnström was blurred and a Bone Orchesta created by Duncker played live music made of animal bones and skulls.