Celebrating Finland and its Design

Author: Hanna Lofgren  

Celebrating Finland and its Design

On December 6th, two blue-and-white candles are placed on the window sills in Finland to mark the birthday of the country, the Independence Day. During its past 104 sovereign years, this tiny nation of little over 5.5 million inhabitants has managed to climb to the top of the global charts in both happiness and quality of education. But Finland can also well be classified as a design country well beyond its size.

Join us in celebrating Finland by revisiting a couple of their most loved design gifts to the world!

Moomins

Image: Tove Jansson

Moomins, white and roundish little trolls with large snouts, are central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. In Finland, Moomins are huge - Mickey Mouse, Charlie Brown and Bugs Bunny teamed up would have nothing on them! There are museums, theme parks, cafes, movies and tv-series dedicated to them, and the adventures of these wise and humane little creatures have been translated to over 50 languages.

The Moomins are featured in innumerable design collaborations from toys to home decor and textiles, furniture, clothing and more. Their philosophy of love, tolerance and adventure keeps winning over generation after generation.

iittala

iittala range in linen available at Nordic Fusion

What began nearly a century and a half ago as a glass factory in a small village in Iittala, Finland has grown into an internationally known lifestyle brand. Iittala was catapulted into world fame during the early years of modernism and functionalism. Legendary collaborations with design pioneers like Alvar and Aino Aalto, Kaj Franck and Tapio Wirkkala cemented their reputation in the world of glassware, tableware, cookware and home decor.

Iittala’s design philosophy sounds as contemporary today as ever; “to create objects which by their progressive and functional, yet aesthetically pleasing design become timeless and will never be thrown away”.

Marimekko

Iconic Marimekko campaign image by Tony Vaccaro

The quintessential Finnish design house Marimekko started their lane to fame with radical prints and colours in the 50s. Over the years Marimekko range has expanded from fashion to handbags and accessories, as well as home decor and more, making it one of the first true lifestyle brands.

Sustainability has been at the very core of Marimekko long before any of us knew what it meant. Timeless design and quality materials make the products last for years and years to come. Marimekko’s ever-growing design archives contain over 3,500 prints offering an abundant source of inspiration for the new generations of designers.

Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää Suomi - Happy Independence Day Finland!


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