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.
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.
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 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.