Finland has a long history of modern design, defined by such legends as Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen. Today, Helsinki lives up to its heritage as the World Design Capital for 2012. A new concert hall and emerging local talent beckon style-savvy travelers.
Finnish Style Primer: Helsinki's Design District
For a primer on Finnish style, head to Helsinki’s Design District and take this three-stop tour.
The Design Forum Finland Shop showcases the best of national design, from mid-century wooden sauna stools to stacking vessels by Finnish-German designer Pia Wüstenberg (above). Erottajankatu 7, designforumshop.fi
Watercolor print dresses and cropped wool sweaters at Ivana Helsinki were inspired by childhood trips to the towns of Tapiola and Kauniainen. Uudenmaankatu 15, ivanahelsinki.com
The Design Museum’s pop-up gallery, Design Gallery 12, highlights established Finnish designers, such as Järvi & Ruoho, through December. Korkeavuorenkatu 23, designmuseum.fi
This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
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