Helsinki attracts design and architecture fans from around the world. Finnish design is characterised by minimalism and clean lines. Finnish modernism from the 1950s is particularly popular. Contemporary Finnish design combines these traditions with the latest innovations. Helsinki is an ideal city for purchasing designer goods and discovering fresh designer culture!
The Design District is a local initiative that began in 2005 with the idea of bringing together all the creative businesses in the neighbourhood. Today its comprises 25 streets and 200 spots on a map, including jewellery makers, design and antique shops, fashion stores, museums, art galleries, restaurants, hotels and showrooms.
Marimekko’s design is timeless and suits everyone in all age groups. Often the same product looks completely different and fresh on people of different ages.
When stepping into the Iittala shop in Pohjoisesplanadi it feels like coming to a timeless space with different rooms, each with a different colour scheme. If you’re looking for inspiration for interior design, Iittala’s colours and materials are a great way to start! Iittala has customers from all around the world and this can be heard clearly – the sales people speak Japanese, Russian and Spanish for example.
Do you like shoes? Here is the place to go! The designer Parikka finds her inspiration from nature – the latest sushi-themed collection was inspired by different parts of Asia, China for example. Minna Parikka’s shoes are meant for anyone and they are meant to take their new owner to all kinds of adventures.
Kalevala Koru (Kalevala Jewelry) is one the largest jewelry manufacturers in northern Europe. The jewelry is handmade in Finland and has a modern och playful look.