Monday, December 5, 2016

Design Centre Helsinki




Design Centre Helsinki opened its doors this autumn at the Arabia building (Hämeentie 135a, Helsinki). It's absolutely a fantastic idea to have 2 of Finland's most celebrated design and lifestyle brands Iittala & Arabia under the same roof together with a design museum, huge design shop and the work studios of artists.  

Design Museum Arabia is located on the 9th floor of the old factory building. Now it's possible to see the history of Finnish ceramic art and glass design in one collection. There are on display beautiful pieces of Arabia mugs, cups and artworks as well as Iittala's glasses, vases and statement pieces. This certainly is the place where one can get a good idea about Finnish design.

 Minimalism and clean lines are the most characteristic features of Finnish design. I guess we Finns want everything to be functional and simple but never boring. Complicated forms are not for us. Even though we use a lot of white it doesn't mean that we don't like colours. We do like colours even those bright ones but more often the kind of broken tones are more us. I would say that Finnish design is pretty simple with a playful touch. 





(FI) Design Centre Helsinki avasi ovensa tänä syksynä Arabiassa (Hämeentie 135a). Todella loistava idea tuoda 2 suomalaista huippu design- ja lifestyle-brandiä Iittala ja Arabia saman katon alle. Rakennuksessa toimii nyt design museo, laajennettu Iittala Arabia design myymälä ja yleisölle avoimet taiteilijoiden studiot.

Design Museum Arabia sijaitsee vanhan Arabian tehtaan 9. kerroksessa. Nyt on mahdollista päästä tutustumaan suomalaisen keramiikkataiteen ja lasimuotoilun historiaan samassa paikassa. Näytteillä on Arabian kauniita mukeja, kuppeja ja taideteoksia sekä Iittalan laseja, maljakoita ja muita upeita luomuksia. Täällä saa hyvän käsityksen siitä mitä suomalainen design on.

 Suomalaiselle muotoilulle on tyypillistä minimalismi ja puhtaat linjat. Tuntuu siltä, että me suomalaiset haluamme kaiken olevan käytännöllistä ja yksinkertaista, mutta ei kuitenkaan tylsää. Monimutkasiet muodot eivät ole meidän juttu. Vaikka käytämmekin paljon valkoista, pidämme toki myös väreistä. Jopa kirkkaat värit miellyttävät silmäämme, mutta murretut sävyt ovat silti enemmän meidän mieleemme. Sanoisin, että suomalainen muotoilu on melko simppeliä mutta aina siitä löytyy myös tiettyä leikkisyyttä.



































So when you visit Helsinki, pop in to Design Center Helsinki, find out more about Finnish design, have a coffee or light lunch at the cafe and do some design shopping downstairs!


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(FI) Kannattaa ehdottomasti poiketa mielenkiintoisessta Design Center Helsingissä, piipahtaa museon puolella katsomassa vanhoja klassikoita, istahtaa hetkeksi kahville tai kevyelle lounaalle ja jatkaa vielä kierrosta alakerran myymälässä!





18 comments:

  1. I love minimalism and this design centre is the perfect example. What sheer talent x

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    1. Even though it's "only" ceramics and glassware it gives a nice example of minimalistic design.

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  2. I absolutely love places like this where you can learn about a country's history about art. There's so much to see and explore! I hope to visit someday!

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    1. Fantastic place indeed! Gives a great overall about Finnish design.

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  3. I would love to visit this place. I have been to Finland several times but never Helsinki. I love the minimalism look of Scandinavian design.

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    1. Next time you need to stay in Helsinki for a couple of days at least :)

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  4. So many interesting things about Finnish designs! I really love the details and all the colors used. Definitely visiting someday.
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. People usually think that the Nordic design is only white and grey but there are colours as well :)

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  5. I love minimalistic art and Finnish designs! The details and the colors are really something that amazes me every single time. Great pictures! What camera do you use?

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    1. Thank you, I'm so happy htat you like my pics! I use old Canon 5d mark II, so can't really complain about the equipment :D

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  6. You have a such a beautiful website my dear! <3
    A lot of inspirations <3 and this is why I love this post!

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  7. I would really love to visit this place. I'm visiting Finland next summer and this is definitely going on my places to visit

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    1. Fantastic! Make a trip to this place in Helsinki if you have time!

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  8. I like the Finish designs, I like simple and functional. I also love bright colors, so if I'll ever find myself in Helsinki I will visit the Design centre to learn more about the finish culture.

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    1. Great! Hope you will have some time soon to make a visit to Helsnki!

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  9. I love the simplicity. The bright colors and artistic creativity. I would love to have my whole house designed like that, but we have kids.

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    1. Finnish design is pretty simple yet quite playful. It would be great to have a whole house decorated with pieces like these :)

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