Design

Tomorrow it starts: Helsinki Design Week 2018!

Tomorrow it starts: Helsinki Design Week 2018!

We've just got word from Helsinki Design Week tomorrow starts one the most exciting week for design lovers in Helsinki!

Folklore and magic

Folklore and magic

The past few years have seen the rise of Finnish illustrators.

Ready for Finnish design?

Ready for Finnish design?

A good starting-point to see Finnish design is the Design Museum (Korkeavuorenkatu 23), one of the earliest in its field in Europe.

The museum has a collection of Finnish and foreign design, including fashion, industrial design and graphic design.

Postmodernism and recycling, Young fashion designers

Postmodernism and recycling, Young fashion designers

The 1980s saw the breakthrough of international postmodernism in Finland and elsewhere.

All the styles and movements of the twentieth century were freely reworked and juxtaposed, resulting in superficial, sensationalist design, but also in joyful and daring new departures.

Plastic, fibreglass and textiles 

Plastic, fibreglass and textiles 

The 1960s saw a strong backlash against the cult of the individual designer.

Suddenly, the design professional was to produce anonymous, universal objects instead of exclusive art objects.

New materials such as plastic and fibreglass posed novel challenges and facilitated, for instance, wider and faster furniture production.

The heyday of art glass

The heyday of art glass

Handicraft skills and traditional materials became important during and immediately after the Second World War, when there was a shortage of materials.

Finnish Design - a brief introduction

Finnish Design - a brief introduction

Finnish design is known for clean lines, practicality and timeless minimalism, although young designers can be surprisingly playful.

Enduring classics of Modernism

Enduring classics of Modernism

The earliest and still working companies in the field of the applied arts were the Arabia ceramics factory (founded in 1873), and Nuutajärvi glass factory (founded in 1794).

In 1928 Riihimäen Lasi organised a glass design competition.