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For this linden wood design, Mama Bird with Four Babies Nesting Doll, designer Aamu Song and Johan Olin—founders of the Helsinki-based design brand COMPANY—traveled to Russia. Their mission was to research the manufacturing secrets of nesting, or matryoshka, dolls. Their travels took them from Moscow to Urais, into Siberia and the Caucuses, resulting in collaborations with many traditional manufacturers. 

From these collaborations, this Mama Bird with Four Babies Nesting Doll was born. The design visualizes how a mother bird feeds her babies. Each Mama Bird with Four Babies Nesting Doll is handmade by matryoshka masters who employ age-old traditions to create these modern designs. Mama Bird measures 6.5h x 4w x 4"d while the Baby Birds measure 2.25h x 0.3”diam.
  • Designer
    Aamu Song and COMPANY
  • Size
    Mama Bird: 6.5h x4w x4"d
    Baby Birds: 2.25h x 0.3"diam.
  • Materials
    Lime Wood
  • Year of Design
    2019
  • Origin
    Russian Federation

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Mama Bird with Four Babies Nesting Doll
  • COMPANY
    COMPANY

    Based in Helsinki, Finland, COMPANY was founded by Aamu Song and Johan Olin, artists and designers who also run Salakauppa, a shop in the city. The duo thinks of themselves as “detectives,” visiting places with rich industrial heritages where they work with local craftspeople to create contemporary designs. Their collections are named after these adventures and their unique nesting dolls (matryoshka) are a result of their travels through Russia.

  • A Secret World
    A Secret World

    “The amazement of entering a matryoshka factory is unforgettable. Linden-wood dolls are being turned by woodwork masters, which are then delivered to the next floor, which looks like a winter garden. There, ladies in floral dresses surrounded by flowering plants paint flower motifs on the dolls.”

  • The Making of Mama Bird
    The Making of Mama Bird

    “When we first introduced our designs for the Mama Bird and Four Babies Nesting Dolls, the matryoshka masters told us it was impossible! Making a tilted Mama Bird with feet was ambitious and crafting small baby bird food was a demanding task. Many of the matryoshka artisans are moms and grandmoms, so they enjoyed creating this strong Mama Bird.”

  • Researching the Process
    Researching the Process

    “We spent nearly 300 days in trains and minibusses traveling around Russia during 2011–2013. Many of the Russian factories we visited had their own museum where we could study their history process and background. The amazement of entering a matryoshka factory was truly unforgettable.”

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