Beautiful Mistake

Unique Table Design from the Life on a Leaf -house

Graphic designer Marjo Malin’s company Beautiful Mistake extends its field to design!

By inviting the artist Jan-Erik Andersson to design a series of coffee tables, Malin wants to bring out into the world the aesthetics of the The Life on a Leaf -house, finished 2009 in Turku, Finland. The house, inhabited by Malin and Andersson, is a total artwork, published worldwide, where art, design and architecture seamlessly melt together with a big touch of magic and fantasy.

The coffee table series is launced at the Habitare furniture fair in Helsinki 9-13.9.2015. The tables are also sold through this web site.
Beautiful Mistake also designs and manufactures unique tables for public spaces in collaboration with the customer.

If you are interested please contact:
+358 40 7021 390.


Life on a Leaf -house


Life on a Leaf

Life on a Leaf -house in New York Times


Marjo Malin has been working as a freelance with graphic designs and lay-outs for fifteen years. During her career she has designed graphics for a broad range of medias. Among others she has made the lay-out for books published by the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Maahenki and other small publishers. She has designed web sites for several artists and cultural institutions. Among the other customers are Terveystalo, Åbo Akademi University, Turku Art Museum, Biocity Turku, Lieto County, Pro Artibus ja Frame (Finnish Fund for Art Exchange).
Malin’s strenght is a minimal approach, which especially suits the promotion of artists’ works. Malin has also been employed by MTV3Internet, Scandinavia Online Oy, Telia, Turun Sanomat and Fonecta Media.


Jan-Erik Andersson is an artist whose works are dealing with primary biological, psychological and sociological energies of being human – loving, constructing, communicating, eating, dreaming, playing. Since 1980 he has presented installations, performances, public art works, interactive media works and architecture. In the course of the past one and half decades Andersson has explored the effect of the unexpected by collaborating with other artists and architects, especially with sound artist Shawn Decker from Chicago and architect Erkki Pitkäranta from Helsinki. Since 1991 he has been a member of the performance group Edible Finns.
Andersson’s best known work is the total artwork Life on a Leaf, where he lives with his family. The house, a product of collaboration with Pitkäranta, was the subject for his Doctorate in Visual Arts 2008 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. The project explores the house as a membrane between nature and culture and the potential of art and ornamentation to create ”iconic space”.

Table philosophy

Table philosophy by Jan-Erik Andersson

Beautiful Mistake presents a new series of unique coffee tables. By inviting artist Jan-Erik Andersson to design the tables, Beautiful Mistake is introducing the philosophy and aesthetics of Andersson’s unique ornate world to a worldwide audience. After all, this is the artist who audaciously created a house in the shape of a leaf (Life on a Leaf).
Andersson sees the table as a place – around, over and under – which communication occurs. He believes beautiful and lively design will loosen people up and inspire authentic interaction.

To give the Scandinavian design concept a more vivid and fantastic touch, Andersson has created a table structure, which functions on three levels, each inspired by different design periods:

The surface of the table has an ornamental pattern inspired by the clear colours and shapes in Scandinavian nature, as well as fruits found around the world, like the apple. The cutting-edge printing technique brings out Andersson’s vector-drawn designs in deep colours, made possible by contemporary digital technology. The surface is sensuous to the touch, because of the contrast between the upper layer – a 8 mm thick sheet of clear, scratch resistant acrylate – and the bottom layer made of a 6 mm thick sheet of acrylate with a satin surface. In the middle is a 1 mm thick sheet of aluminium with the print.

The second layer is situated beneath the table surface, where all kinds of movements and actions occur, both on conscious and subconscious levels. The design of the tables opens up this space with a unique three-leg system, with organically curved legs made by a traditional technique: form pressed, first class birch tree, typical of the Scandinavian design of the 1950’s.

The bottom layer, close to the floor, is a triangular plywood shelf, which not only gives stability to the leg system, but also is a place for the owner’s own installation: a pile of books, a charger, a bottle of wine, a small sculpture. This kind of shelf was common during the art nouveau and arts & crafts periods.

The table series brings nature, through culture, into your living room – or any room – and the size of the table makes it fit almost everywhere. One dominant trend today is towards more minimal interiors with bare walls. But an artwork doesn’t have to be hung on the wall: it can turn into a table surface!

The finished product is a collaboration between Andersson and graphic designer Marjo Malin, who is also the CEO of Beautiful Mistake.

The tables are fabricated in Finland to give them a timeless quality. Enjoy!



The coffee table series designed by artist Jan-Erik Andersson.