Editor’s Guide: Design in Helsinki
- Brian Keaney of TonfiskDesign may be Irish, but his Finnish is flawless; he guides us through icecold Helsinki’s hot spots.
One of Alvar Aalto's Finnish fixtures for Artek, the on-the-smaller-size A338 will provide direct light from its offset opening in the painted steel shade.
- Alvar Aalto, one of Finland’s greatest architects, made modernist masterpieces with a human touch.
- Indulge in a bit of retail therapy via our gathering of five must-visit modern design shops around the world.
- International Style architect Alvar Aalto is undoubtedly Finland's best-known design export, and is often cited for his mastery of natural light.
Cakes will come and cakes will go, but when it's time for a slice (or two), we're all for putting the sweet stuff up on a pedestal. Finnish designer Harri Koskinen created this glass stand for Finnish housewares brand Iittala as part of the new Art Works collection.
- Design enthusiast and Alvar Aalto expert Juhani Lemmetti has transitioned his love of vintage Finnish furniture into a thriving furniture shop in Helsinki.
Cozy in Grey, by Finnish designer Harri Koskinen, plays with the look of light through the "beauty and changing reflections" of glass, which is mouthblown with a textile cord (also comes in a milky white to set the mood). Muuto's growing collection brings modern Scandinavian design to the fore, introducing a range of work—lighting, furniture, and accessories—by new Nordic talents.