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The Classic Aalto Vase

Aalto vaseSince its unveiling in 1937 at the Paris World's Fair, the Aalto vase has been an international sensation.

 

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Innovation Spotlight

Magisso Cake ServerMagisso

With Magisso's cake server, cutting and serving a piece of cake is easier and more stylish than ever.


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New Finnish Design

Marimekko Oiva DinnerwareMarimekko Oiva Dinnerware

Marimekko's newest dinnerware line invites you to mix and match table settings.

 

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Designer Profile

Alvar AaltoAlvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto’s name is well-known throughout the world of modern architecture and design.

 

Alvar Aalto Profile

Marimekko Wallpaper

Marimekko WallpaperDemand for Marimekko to reintroduce their wallpaper has soared recently as more and more designers have turned towards the use of patterns and color when designing a space. Marimekko heard their pleas and is partnering with Italian company Sirpi to produce this new collection of vinyl wallpapers.

 

The new Marimekko wallpaper collection represents the top of its field, combining Marimekko's strong design know-how and Sirpi's over 100 years of experience in high-quality wallpaper production. The first collection includes both well-known classics and more recent designs. In the future, the range of patterns will grow and diversify annually.

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Birds by Toikka Book

Birds by Toikka catalogs all of Oiva Toikka's glass bird collection. Complete with color photogaphs and descriptions, this book is a useful guide to his works and is available at GlassBirds.com.

Did You Know?

Aalto's iconic vase is actually named “Eskimo Woman's Leather Breeches,” but it is often called Savoy after the name of restaurant that placed a large order for the vases when the design first came out.

Design District Helsinki

Helsinki offers an ideal place to get to know Finnish design. Located in the center of Helsinki, the Design District is an area full of design shops, fashion stores, museums, art galleries, restaurants and more.

Artek

Artek

imageArtek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business idea of the company was "to sell furniture and to promote modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other means." The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in town planning as well as architecture and design.

 

 

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Design Forum Finland

Design Forum Finland

imageDesign Forum Finland actively promotes the competitiveness and development of Finnish industry and culture through the means of design. It is maintained by the Finnish Society for Crafts and Design, which was founded in 1875.

 

 

 

 

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Maija Isola

Designer: Maija Isola

imageMaija Isola (1927–2001) was the first full-time designer hired by Printex, the company that eventually spawned Marimekko. Her most famous print, Unikko, has become the most recognizable icon of the Marimekko Company.

 

 

 

 

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Harri Koskinen

Designer: Harri Koskinen

imageYoung designer Harri Koskinen has risen rapidly in his international career as a designer. He has designed for the likes of Marimekko and iittala, employing his wide ranging talent in a variety of contexts from textiles to wristwatches.

 

 

 

 

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Marimekko

Marimekko

imageMarimekko Corporation is a leading Finnish textile and clothing design company that was established in 1951. The company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags and other accessories under the Marimekko brand, both in Finland and abroad.

 

 

 

 

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Iittala

Iittala offers glassware that is as attractive as it is functional. Its brand encompasses a range of glassware, cookware and art pieces that continue to push boundaries in the name of ingenuity.

 

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Marimekko

Marimekko is a leading Finnish textile and clothing design company. The company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality clothing, interior decor textiles, bags and other accessories.

 

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Kalevala Koru

Kalevala Koru is the largest jewelry manufacturer in Finland, and has distinguished itself with its high quality gold, silver and bronze jewelry. Kalevala creates pieces that are inspired by Finnish folklore.

 

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