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STYLE
Supermood: Holistic Skincare from Finland
The newest natural-focused skincare line on our radar is currently only sold only in Finland and Sweden, but that didn't stop us from digging deeper into Helsinki-based Supermood and getting a hold of a few products to test. With some meant to be...
DESIGN
Ruutu Vases by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Iittala
Celebrated designers (and brothers) Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been working side by side since 1999 (when they launched their own eponymous design firm), collaborating with many of the top design manufacturers on projects ranging from small...
DESIGN
Kustaa Saksi for Marimekko Spring 2015
Few brands garner instant recognition with just a glance at a single pattern, but Marimekko is surely one of them. The beloved Finnish label—first made popular in the US in the swinging '60s—is a longtime favorite for their bright yet tasteful home...
CULTURE
Kustaa Saksi: Hypnopompic
The way one sees the world informs their representation of it. This is true in all forms of expression—but especially in visual arts. Health ailments (from the severe to the commonplace) have oft-influenced the work of great artists. Amsterdam-based...
STYLE
Interview: Month of Sundays
by Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi With three impeccable collections under wraps, Finland's talented Kettunen sisters continue to showcase their design prowess and creative independence with their clothing and accessories line, Month of Sundays. Working in...
DESIGN
Interview: Minna Kemell-Kutvonen and Sami Ruotsalainen
As the Helsinki-based brand gears up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Unikko (poppy) print, Marimekko is still very much the prolific and relevant design house that it was when it was founded by Viljo and Armi Ratiain in 1951. The...
FOOD-DRINK
Hel Yes! Stockholm
On 7th February Stockholm welcomes design lovers as the annual Stockholm Design Week kicks off again. Timed to run alongside the Furniture & Light Fair, Finnish concept restaurant Hel Yes! will set up a special space on Skeppsholmen Island in the...
DESIGN
WDC Helsinki
Created by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, the World Design Capital biennial recognizes various cities around the globe for their successful efforts in urban revitalization, primarily accomplished through innovative design...
DESIGN
Artek 2011
In 2010 Artek celebrated its 75th anniversary. This past week as part of Milan's design festivities, the Finnish company made a strong statement positioning themselves with a confident eye toward the future, grounded by their design heritage as they...
CULTURE
Nothing Happens For A Reason
German artist Tobias Rehberger likes to shake things up. Since stepping on the scene 15 years ago, he's turned to a variety of mediums to toy with perception, consistently challenging his audience to see the "things which cannot be seen." His latest...
DESIGN
Soap Chair
Getting a "do-over" usually only happens in video games, and it's even rarer still in the world of design. With Eero Aarnio's molded fiberglass Soap Chair, he's improved on his own classic design, creating a version of his revered 1968 Pastil Chair...
FOOD-DRINK
Hel Yes!
A pop-up restaurant and concept space dedicated to all things Finnish, Hel Yes! forges together the tastes and sights of Finland for a clever take on an exhibit during the London Design Festival. The boundary-pushing installation is the work of...
DESIGN
Design House Stockholm Box Light
The ingeniously simple Box Light from Design House Stockholm works like a drawer, pulling in and out of its shell to adjust how much light emanates from it. For more illumination, slide the light out. For less, slip it further back into the case...
TRAVEL
Snow Hotel, Kemi, Finland
If you've ever wondered how the Eskimos do it, try sleeping in a one-of-a-kind ice hotel in Kemi, northern Finland. Experience the world's largest snow castle at 30,000 square feet in temperatures around -5 degrees Celsius. Within the icy...
CULTURE
Riitta Ikonen
Finnish artist Riitta Ikonen creates impressive costumes for her subjects, who then incorporate them into their environments in playful and hilarious ways. The experiences of the people wearing Ikonen's creations as they ride on subways, walk...
STYLE
Sarpeneva Korona K3 Red Moon
One of Finland's most exclusive mechanical watchmaking companies, Sarpaneva, recently introduced the Korona K3 Red Moon. Featuring a red-hued moon phase indicator—reminiscent of the Harvest Moon typically seen in Europe this time of year...
DESIGN
Maija Louekari Illustrations
We loved Maija Louekari's hand-drawn illustrations even before discovering that she has worked as a freelance textile designer for Marimekko. Her HO-HOI! fabric topped the Textile Design category at the Elle International Design Awards in 2006...
CULTURE
Finnish Summer Houses
Nobody appreciates the summer more than Scandinavians. After seven months of winter they savor the brief spell of long days and temperate climates like a precious resource. Many residents—particularly those from Finland—choose to spend...
STYLE
Korona K1 Prototype by Stepan Sarpaneva
Helsinki watchmaker, Stepan Sarpaneva, nephew of the famed Finnish mid-century designer Timo Sarpaneva, has produced yet another stellar timepiece, the Korona K1. Following the success of his very limited and sold-out Supernova series (featured...
DESIGN
Kiosk: Finland
Our friends at Kiosk have just introduced their fifth and latest collection, this time sourced from the far reaches of Finland. Like always, the Kiosk team traveled abroad to find the best everyday classics. The collection features a lot of bold...
STYLE
Eero Aarnio Proto Watch
Known for creating the era-defining Ball Chair of the sixties, Eero Aarnio, along with Stepan Sarpaneva (a talented Finnish watchmaker), created this one-of-a-kind 2001 "Proto," based upon Eero's original designs (see them here). Today...
DESIGN
Marimekko Mouse
Marimekko Mice are currently only available through the Japanese site kokuyo—we're crossing our fingers they make it stateside soon. via red house design
TECH
MyOrigo MyDevice
MyOrigo is a Finnish company developing a new smartphone called the MyDevice. Despite this branding disaster, the device looks like it will be pretty interesting. The feature set is standard for a smartphone -calling, messaging, personal info mgt...