- About Ateneum
One of the background factors in the design and construction of the artist homes in Tuusula was the contemporary movement for the renewal of arts and crafts and its philosophies related to the home. Upper-class bourgeois homes of the time were dark and crammed with objects, whereas the new ideals were simplicity and functional beauty.
The influence of the movement was obvious in all artist homes in Tuusula. Venny Soldan-Brofeldt designed practical furniture for Ahola, such as tables with bevelled corners so that children would not hurt their heads on them. Simplicity and functionality were also revered in Halosenniemi, where Pekka Halonen made much of the furniture himself. In addition to inherited pieces, the interiors in Suviranta and Ainola included furniture the occupants had designed and made themselves. The interior of Erkkola followed a rustic fashion.