Collection by Kelsey Keith

Editor’s Guide: Design in Helsinki


Adding to our design itinerary in the Finnish capital with a whirlwind tour of the city’s vibrant furniture, industrial, and ceramics design scene.

It’s been a few years since Dwell published its comprehensive architecture guide to Helsinki, so we figured our recent trip there to research a story (more on that in an upcoming issue!) was a good time to check in with the Finnish capital’s ever-booming design scene. We visited industrial designer Harri Koskinen in his studio, stopped by the Helsinki’s Desigmuseo for an inside look at Henrik Vibskov’s oeuvre, and hit some of the city’s treasure trove of vintage design shops—plus stops at the big three: Artek, Iittala, and Marimekko.

Joining the ranks of Nest in the USA is this Fennia Prize 14 winning smoke alarm design by Harri Koskinen for Jalo...
Studio visit with Finnish designer Harri Koskinen.
Textiles by Muovo at Design Forum Finland shop.
Hello from Helsinki, where even the public restrooms look like...
We can't get enough of Artek 2nd Cycle, a fantastic vintage dealer in Helsinki.
Pendant lamps (plus skylight) in Alvar Aalto's studio in Helsinki.
Meet Kaj Franck, a very big deal in Finnish design, particularly glass.
The home studio/library in the house designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto in Helsinki.
New favorite: textile designer Johanna Gullichsen.
Highly recommend the Danish designer Henrik Vibskov's larger-than-life exhibition at Design Museum...
Eila Hultinen's 1967 monument for Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
Birds for Iittala Official designed by Oiva Toikka in 1972.
Alvar Aalto's Finlandia concert hall in Helsinki.
Another view of Finlandia, designed by Aalto in 1971.
Next door, a copper facade on the Helsinki Music Centre designed by LPR Architects (opened in 2011).