Museum of Finnish Architecture
BLOMSTEDT, Arno Rafael
(1885-1950), Architect (1908)
|Art director of the
Central School of Applied Arts 1912-1943 and headmaster
1943-1949. Blomstedt taught e.g. composition and ornamental
Rafael Blomstedt was appointed as art leader after his good friend Armas Lindgren. From the beginning he strove to establish contacts with the industry of the field. But the industry was not yet fully prepared for it in the 1910s. Blomstedt thought th at it was partly due to that the artists used too much ornaments and lacked in professional skills. Blomstedt emphasized the equal command of technique and art; working hard yourself. Likewise he considered permanent relations between industry and artist to be of vital importance for the results.