The Classic Aalto Vase
Since its unveiling in 1937 at the Paris World's Fair, the Aalto vase has been an international sensation.
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Born in 1932, Finnish designer Eero Aarnio studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, and worked as an interior decorator, photographer, industrial and graphic designer before he began working with plastic as a medium for high-end furniture. Previously he had worked with traditional, natural materials, most notably "Jattujakkare",…
Born in Brighton, England in 1983, Sanna Annukka is a half English, half Finnish designer and printmaker whose work is strongly inspired by her natural surroundings. Spending much of her childhood summers in the Lapland, it is only natural that the trees, animals and bodies of water in northern Finland's…
Professor Oiva Toikka is one of the greatest names in Finnish glass. His imaginative, rich and bold glass art deviates from the streamlined aesthetic of Nordic design. He has worked in the performing arts for as long as he has in glass. The Birds collection is Toikka’s best-known work. He…
A graduate of the Lahti Institute of Design, Mika Piirainen has designed for Marimekko since 1994. Over the years, his versatile collections have included clothing for women, men and children and a variety of accessories, such as bags, hats, clogs and umbrellas. His design aesthetic favors minimalism and practicality, an…
Maija 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. Maija Isola was a tremendously versatile and bold artist. She interpreted the events of her era from her…
Magisso Cake Server
With Magisso's cake server, cutting and serving a piece of cake is easier and more stylish than ever.
Alvar Aalto’s name is well-known throughout the world of modern architecture and design.
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Demand 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 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
Design 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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Designer: Maija Isola
Maija 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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Designer: Harri Koskinen
Young 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 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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