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The artist villas were not only homes, but workplaces as well. A painter needed a proper studio in which to work, and a house in the country made it possible to build an adjoining “cottage studio”. The studios were also gathering places for family and friends, and they often had a separate “chat corner” with table, chairs and a bookcase.

Pekka Halonen’s impressive two-storey studio was a multipurpose space which accommodated not only his painting paraphernalia but also a piano and even a handloom at times. Venny Soldan-Brofeldt had gymnastic rings for her boys in her studio, and a small home theatre complete with stage. In Eero Järnefelt’s Suviranta, the door was often left open to signal that it was all right to enter the studio.