Ulla ProcopeĢ. Finnish Designer featured image

Ulla ProcopĆ© (1921 – 1968) was a Finnish designer and ceramicist. She studied at the Taideteollinen Korkeakoulu, Helsinki, to 1948.Read More →

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Borje Rajalin is a Finnish Jewellery Designer.

Rajalin worked at Bertel Gardberg’s silversmith from 1952 – 1956.Ā  His design work included technical equipment, plastic fittings, cutlery, stainless steel table and cookware and with Anti Nurmesniemi in 1972 a train for the Helsinki Railway.Ā  They collaborated with station designers to make the metro stations modern and chic.Ā  Rajalin produced silver designs for Bertel Gardberg and jewellery for Kalevala Koru.Ā  He taught at Taideeteollinen Oppilaitos and was the director of Taidetelinen Ammattikoulu in Helsinki.Read More →

Eero Aarnio grayscale

Finnish designer Eero Aarnio (b. 1932) is a great innovator of twentieth-century furniture. His plastic chairs from the 1960s are pop culture icons that continue to be in demand, which is why Aarnio Originals began manufacturing them again in 2017 after launching at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.Read More →

Bertel Gardberg Candlesticks

Bertel Gardberg was a Finnish jeweller and metal worker. Between 1938-1941 he studied at Taideteollin Korkeaukoulu, Helsinki. He began his working life in Copenhagen. Gardberg moved to Helsinki where he maintained a studio between 1949-1966. He was responsible for stainless steel and silver designs produced by the Georg Jensen Solvsmedie; Galeries Lafayette department store, Paris and Kilkenny Design workshops, Dublin. Although he was known for his metal wares, he also worked in wood and stone.Read More →

Saarinen Houses - featured image

They are architecture’s most famous father-son duo: Eero, the younger Saarinen, designer of such masterpieces as the TWA Terminal Building at Kennedy Airport, and his father Eliel, celebrated for triumphs such as the art nouveau railway station in Helsinki. Lesser known, but no less impressive, are their houses, which, regardless of style, share a belief in architecture as a total work of art.Read More →

Scaragoo Lamp featured image

Stefan Lindfors is a Finnish industrial designer, interior designer, film director, and sculptor. In 1982, he graduated from the ƅbo Cathedral School in Turku. He went on to study architecture at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, where he graduated in 1988.Read More →

Riihimaki Glass - Finnish Glass Factory

RiihimƤki Glass was a Finnish glass factory. The factory, established in 1810 for the production of domestic glassware, began production of window glass in 1919. It purchased various small factories, including the factory in which the Finnish Glass Museum is located today. After buying the Kaukalahti glassworks in 1927, Riihimaki became the largest glass factory in Finland.Read More →

Gateway arch by Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961) Finnish architect. He was born in Kirkkonummi. He was professionally active in the USA. The son of Eliel and Loja Saarinen.Read More →

Marimekko featured image

Marimekko, one of the most well-known Finnish textile companies, was founded by Armi and Viljƶ Ratia in Helsinki in 1951 as the trendy and innovative arm of their parent business, Printex, which they also formed two years earlier. At Printex, Armi Ratia created bold, experimental printed cotton textiles. Still, after this failed to catch the popular imagination, she founded Marimekko.Read More →

Gunilla Jung glass and lighting

Gunilla Jung was a glass and lighting artist and Silversmith. She designed glassware for Karhula (later Iittala) in the 1930s at the Institute of Applied Arts in Helsinki. Maybe best known for her pioneering lighting projects, such as in Helsinki’s Savoy Theatre.

Taito created her first silver designs and, later in the 1930s, others by Viri and KultaseppƤt. She worked with Frans NykƤnen, who at varying times was a director at both silversmithies.Read More →