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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. See www.designmuseum.fi for more information.
The annual Helsinki Design Week (September 7th–17th, 2017) is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. The multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields.
Design X Finland (Unioninkatu 27) is devoted to the best of Finnish design. They sell an excellent selection of smaller Finnish design brands.
Lokal (Annankatu 9) is a concept store that showcases the works of Finnish artists and designers. The shop places strong importance on the timeless value of handmade items.
For a more intensive introduction to design, join a guided tour to the Design District. See www.designtourshelsinki.com for more information.