30 Jun 2015

This is the story of me and my Horse

2 1/2 years ago, my friend sent me a homepage name, to show me where her horse is from. I looked over the page and went to the side FOR SALE... This single click changed my live.
The first picture on the site showed a beautiful bay QH-Mare with an amazing expression. It was like falling in love at the first sight. But the moment was absolutely wrong.

Months passed away and 1/2 a year later, she was still for sale. My situation had changed a lot, and so I decided to drive 800 km to the Toscany to have a look at her in real. Arrived, it was the same feeling as half a year before...and shortly after, one day after my birthday, Maggie came home to me.

The last two years we have had good but also much bad moments together. At the beginning, she was very difficult to ride, jumpy, afraid of everything and we had a lot of bad luck in health. She always was injured or had some problems. But all this welt us together - in her I found ( in German "Herzenspferd" ) my "Heart-horse", I will never give her away. Even she is injured again at the moment, needs medicine again, we're looking forward to the future ..together we will make it!

From Janine Schwager, Switzerland


Do you have a story to tell? Please, send it to us!
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29 Jun 2015

Interview with Nanna Salmi, part II

The sun is shining outside. I see big, white flowers through the window. 
There is an appletree that spreads it´s branches to protect the small back yard garden. 
A lot of green leaves and white flowers.


-Gardening is for me a way to relax, a way to empty my mind for a while. It is something 
that I can control and still not! It lives, it changes, every day and every time of the year
 it is different, Nanna says.

-They are such wonderful moments when I take a break, go and sit there. Especially after rain 
when the water drops sparkle like millions of diamonds. That same feeling you can get 
riding in a forest after rain.




Nanna´s little dog, Otto, seems to enjoy the garden. too.
-Otto follows me: he is in my working room when I work, he follows me to the garden 
when I take a break. He is a wonderful companion to work with!



To be continued...

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24 Jun 2015

Interview with Nanna Salmi, part I

We sit in Nanna´s working room drinking coffee. I look around: there are horsehair bunches hanging on the wall, drawings on the desk. I see little plastic bags with names on them and in those bags there is always a small bundle of horsehair: tail hairs from the customers. Everything in a very precise order.


- I am very careful with the hair. I never handle two different customer´s materials at the same time. It´s the idea of the whole thing: the jewelry is made out of the customer´s horse´s hair and I want to make it absolutely sure that they really are! 


There are envelopes from all over the world. Some of them are decorated with the pictures of horses. 


- It´s always an exciting moment to open an envelope, Nanna says. Which colours, how long the hair is. Sometimes the content of the bag can be quite rousing... I have received hair with blood on and that tells me that something very sad and terrible has happened. Usually, when I receive the hair, I already know a lot about the horse: the name, the character, "the job" etc. People tell a lot about their beloved ones when ordering the jewellery. It is very rewarding to be in a close contact with customers. I hear a lot of stories and often it is discussed which pattern would both reflect the horses' temper and be the best for that spesific item.


Carefully packed hair of beloved horses
Another delivery of carefully packed hair
The ribbons are ready and will be sent to a goldsmith 
A ribbon woven by an order using hair of ten horses
- When I hold a hair bundle in my hand it starts to tell me a story. That is the inspiration for every ribbon I make.”

Would you like to ask something? Leave a comment!

To be continued...
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22 Jun 2015

'Cuore Mio' - the new ring

Darling, Dear, Sweetheart
Honey, Precious, Sweetie pie


This ring has been designed to express our love for our dearest horses.
It was a customer who said: "My horse is my heart".
We thought it would be a perfect name for this ring, we chose one of the most
beautiful languages in the world, Italian:

"Cuore Mio", my heart...

Ribbon woven with your horse´s tailhair 3 mm
In silver 390 €, gold 940 €, white gold 980 €




19 Jun 2015

Midsummer - the best time of the year!

For many Finnish people Midsummer is the most important and most beloved national holiday. 
It is a celebration of the summer solstice, it means the beginning of the real, warm summer time,
and many Finns start their summer holidays that day.

Today the Finnish cities turn into ghost towns - people leave cities and go the countryside.
We go to the summer cottages, music festivals, open air dance pavillions... Anywhere
where we can be near the nature. If the place is next to a lake or sea that is perfect!


Midsummer Eve is time for sociability. We want to have our families and 
friends with us on that important, magical night!

We eat well and drink well. The first new potatoes with dill and marinated herring or 
smoked salmon bring the taste of summer in your mouth! Grilling sausages, meat or fish
is very popular too. And like all over the world it's men's job.



There are three elements that make the Midsummer Eve perfect: sauna, bonfires 
and the midnight sun. Though it gets a little dark in southern Finland, the night is still white. 
In Lapland the sun shines all night through. 





If you wish to learn more about Finnish sauna habits, please, go the page

 In the old days, Midsummer spells were cast, many of which had to do with hopes 
of increasing fertility and finding a future spouse. Perhaps you should try this one:
pick seven different flowers or herbs from the field
put them under your pillow -
and in your dream you will see your future fiancée...


We wish you all a happy Midsummer Eve!



16 Jun 2015

Le Corbusier LC4 Chaise Lounge

Do you know when this chair was designed?


It was designed in 1929, who would believe...

The LC4, "Chaise longue" (LC4, "Long chair", English: "chaise lounge") debuted at the Salon d'Automne in Paris in 1929.

Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris) was born in Switzerland 1887, died in 1965, became a French citizen in 1930. Le Corbusier was multitalented and worked for five decades all over the world. He was an architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of modern architecture. 



Le Corbusier Redrawn | Villa Savoye

Le Corbusier, together with Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, designed three pieces of tubular-steel furniture that were first shown in the gallery of the Villa La Roche, Paris, and in the library and study of the Villa Church, Ville d’Avary, Paris. 

The LC1 Basculant Chair and LC2, LC3 Grand Confort Chairs 
were designed at the same time. They are also classics we all know.


Le Corbuiser was a forward-thinking designer who refreshed furniture design. 
He used industrial materials, exposed structural elements and created new kinds of constructions. In LC4 the construction is two-parted that incorporates a self-balancing adjustability. 
The LC4 Chaise Lounge started a new era of furniture design.


Is it work of art or is it just good design? Both? 
LC4 is beautiful to look at and it is comfortable to lay on: ergonomic design mirrors the body's natural curves, and it can be adjusted from a near-upright position to a full reclining position.

 "I imagined an ordinary, tired soldier who stretches out on his back, places his feet against a tree and his backpack beneath his head – this is how the famous Chaise Longue came into being.”    
-quote by Charlotte Perriand-

The LC4 was manufactured by Thonet Frères, Paris, France and Le Corbusier licensed it for reproduction by Cassina in 1965.
This chair is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

You might wonder why we want to show this chair to you and what does it have to do 
with horses or ponies... Or horsehair fine jewelry...

The covering is made of pony skin, cow skin, leather or canvas. 
The other thing is that good design, quality work, elegance and class never go
out of fashion...

See what Louis Vuitton has done with the LC4...

9 Jun 2015

Blankets, blankets, more blankets - is it supposed to be summer?

The beginning of the summer has been pretty cold, windy and rainy in the northern Europe.
It is upsetting and there is not much to do about it. You can only try to make
yourself comfortable and warm...

We love blankets. They look good hanging on the chair or thrown on a sofa. The good
looking one you can use as an accessory late in the autumn or early in the spring time.

A blanket is handy when having a picnic, going to horse races, outdoor concerts -
or when you just hang by the fireplace and try to warm yourself up.

Soft greys are classic in any material or style.


Grey isn´t necessarely boring!



Or do you want it softer? Choose beige or brownish tones...


And when white, the structure counts...


Graphic black and white is always trendy!


It´s also ok to wear one!


Let´s hope the weather gets better!

P.S. If your dear horse looks like it´s freezing, borrow him a blanket...


Photo found on the59thstreetbridge.tumblr.com 


8 Jun 2015

The Friesian Stallion Nanning 374


One day there was an order from the US. The customer told that they 
have this beautiful, Friesian stud, Nanning, 
and they would like to have a keepsake made with Nanning´s hair.

Mr. Kelnhofer went through the collection but could not find anything to suit him -
he wished to have a bracelet that would be masculine enough for a man to wear.
No problem: a new bracelet was designed and Mr. Kelnhofer was very happy with it.
To come up with the name for this new item was not difficult, it got the name


The plate is 10 x 30 mm, it is 3 mm thick, the ribbon is 9 mm broad.
The bracelet is available in silver, gold and white gold 
and the finishing can be glanzed or matt.
Have your horse´s name engraved on it!

Nanning 374 was born 2.5.1996 and his original name is Nillis van´t Sonnis.
He lives in the Fenway Farms in Wisconsin, USA.
His height is 1,69 m and as you can see, he is absolutely beautiful.

Photo Courtesy of Jason Tice, FHANA
Photo Courtesy of Jason Tice, FHANA
Photo Cally Matherly
Photo Cally Matherly
Photo Cally Matherly
You can read more about Nanning on these web sites:

Watch a video, see his beautiful movements!

How happy you can be to get Nanning´s filly?


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Do you have a special horse you would like us to tell about? 
 Please contact minna.maattanen(at)nannasalmi.com

2 Jun 2015

New Ring 'Artema' - Lucky Charm

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the nannasalmi collection there are 
some new designs coming out!

The first one is the long awaited, a lot enquired: a ring with the horse shoe.

May we introduce the new ring 'Artema'




The ribbon is 6 mm wide, woven with your own horses hair.

"I wanted to design a simple and elegant ring, a lucky charm
that tells about our love to horses", Nanna Salmi says.


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P.S. You might have a dilemma what way to wear the ring... Don´t worry!


"When kept as a talisman, a horseshoe is said to bring good luck. Some believe that to 
hang it with the ends pointing upwards is good luck as it acts as a storage container 
of sorts for any good luck that happens to be floating by, whereas to hang it with 
the ends pointing down, is bad luck as all the good luck will fall out. 
Others believe that the horseshoe should be hung the other way 
(with the ends pointing down), as it will then release its luck to the people around it."
-Wikipedia-

"I wish you all a warm, sunny, happy summer and a lot of
enjoyable moments with your beloved horses!"
N.S.