Pauper Coin Collector is an expressive ceramic piggy-bank designed by the Finnish COMPANY for Artek. It was inspired by an old Finnish tradition of placing wooden pauper statues outside churches to collect money for the poor. According to COMPANY, the Pauper is a reminder of the cold, dark polar night season that emphasizes the importance of helping one another.

Designed by the Finnish-Korean designer duo COMPANY and released in 2019, the ceramic objects are part of the FIN/JPN Friendship Collection by Artek. The collection celebrates the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan. When designing the objects, COMPANY imagined what kind of gifts the Finnish delegation could have brought with them to Japan a hundred years ago. Each of the handmade, charmingly naive objects celebrates one seasonal ritual of the Finnish calendar.


Pauper Coin Collector



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Handmade ceramic with matt glaze
16,5 cm
10 cm


COMPANY is a Helsinki-based design practice founded in 2000 by Aamu Song (b. 1974) and Johan Ollin (b. 1974), both of whom have graduated from the University of Arts. The Finnish-Korean duo runs its own shop Salakauppa (”secret store”) in Helsinki, and one of their best-known projects is called Secrets – in the project, Song and Ollin travel around the world searching for traditional manufacturing methods and creating new designs based on them. COMPANY’s work is displayed in permanent collections of museums such as the Design Museum Finland and the Icelandic Design Museum. In 2010, Song and Ollin received the Finnish State Award for Design.

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