How do you create a welcoming and inspiring space? What makes a space “good”? Is there a particular quality to Estonian space? How should those who design our living environments be educated? What can be learned from interior architects and designers with many years of experience? This exhibition is an attempt to speak about space, its creator, and its user as a coherent whole. At the focal point are 11 Estonian interior architects and designers, who have all graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts’ (EAA) Department of Interior Architecture at one time or another. The authors endeavoured to establish an active, dramatic, and playful relationship with the history of Estonian interior architecture and its pedagogy; to pinpoint within its many layers the values and knowledge that remain important today. “Expedition Wunderlich” is simultaneously an adventurous journey into the history of Estonian interior architectural education and an intimate meeting with the persons, who created the environments we inhabit. The exhibition is a product of collaboration between the EAA Department of Interior Architecture and the Museum of Estonian Architecture. Current students played a central role in its compilation.

“Expedition Wunderlich” is a symbolic homage to the works and professional activity of Richard Wunderlich (1902–1976). Wunderlich was an interior architect and furniture designer, the first director (1940–1941) of what is now the EAA Department of Interior Architecture, and the first known Estonian interior architect to have acquired a degree in that field

Participants: Bruno Tomberg, Leila Pärtelpoeg, Vello Asi, Teno Velbri, Mait Summatavet, Taevo Gans, Aulo Padar, Juta Lember, Eerik Olle, Pille Lausmäe, Taso Mähar
Curator: Carl-Dag Lige
Producer: Hannes Praks
Exhibition design: Hannes Praks, Katrin Talvik, Merilin Tee, Sabine Suuster, Martin Saar, Karl Taul, Alden Jõgisuu, Tõnu Lensment
Graphic design: Aadam Kaarma
Photography: Renee Altrov
Audio and electronics: Hans-Gunter Lock, Taavi Tulev
Texts: Carl-Dag Lige
Editing: Katrin Hallas
Translation: Adam Cullen
Co-organiser: Eesti Kunstiakadeemia / Estonian Academy of Arts
Supported by: Eesti Kultuurkapital /Cultural Endowment of Estonia