Influencer and trans activist Mona Bling: “Even the most beautiful space can be unsafe”

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Franckly Friends: Pete Rahikainen loves Art Nouveau and makes discoveries in his attic

Fashion professional and dancer Pete Rahikainen lives in Katajanokka, Helsinki, in an apartment where it always seems to be summer. The apartment features muted tones, a mix of styles and eras as well as a touch of Italian-style effortless elegance. Read the story

TOP 5: The most inspiring new products

Many new and exciting items have been added to Finnish Design Shop's curated collection this month. In addition to swooning over product newness, we have been excited to welcome several new brands to the family. Join us and get to know the newcomers! Read the story

Mona Bling’s column: “Even the most beautiful space can be unsafe”

Helsinki Pride, which promotes the rights of sexual and gender minorities, is celebrated from June 27 to July 3, 2022. The theme of this year’s Helsinki Pride Week is “Encounters”. In this Design Stories column, social media influencer and trans activist Mona Bling reflects on the importance of a sense of security in everyday encounters. Read the story

Tasty tart recipes for summer – enjoy the best the harvest season has to offer

Go for an easy yet tasty smoked salmon and asparagus tart or make a vegan tart with new potatoes and onion. Cherry tartlets flavored with almond butter and mascarpone will tame any guest’s sweet tooth. Save these delicious recipes and try them out this summer! Read the story

Give your summer home décor a makeover with our 7+1 simple ideas

Decorating the summer house might often be last on the list and no wonder: there are strawberries to savor and sunshine to be soaked in – and to-do lists to scrap. Design Stories put together seven simple ideas for a summer cottage mini makeover, take a look and get inspired! Read the story

Summer in the city: a quick and colorful summer makeover for a small apartment

One of Kasia Rutkowiak’s summer rituals is refreshing her home for the season of light and colors. This year, the Polish blogger got out of her comfort zone to experiment with exceptionally bold colors and patterns. Read the story

New arrivals from Marimekko: embroidery and electric blue

Marimekko's pre-fall collection is a celebration of humanity. Featuring bold prints perfected with surprising details and sumptuous hues, a strong influence of traditional handicrafts is present in the collection. Take a look at our favorites and find yours! Read the story

The H.C. Andersen House, designed by Kengo Kuma, is a magical combination of fairytales and reality

The magical world of the beloved author and artist, Hans Christian Andersen, comes to life in Odense, Denmark, where the H.C. Andersen House opened its doors in 2021. The dreamlike architecture creates the setting for an unforgettable exhibition that introduces a new perspective to Andersen's classic fairy tales. Read the story

Avotakka’s picks for summer trips: “I dream of summer days on the beach”

In this column, Avotakka’s editorial staff present their favorite products and interior design solutions that have proved functional in their own homes. Producer Arja Kuittinen selected products that are perfect for summer trips and make for great gifts when visiting someone’s summer cottage. Read the story

Mondo’s travel tips to Nice, part 2

The beautiful city in the French Riviera is known for its atmosphere of luxury. However, Nice also has so much more to offer: neighborhoods with character, cultural experiences and interesting destinations for excursions. Mondo’s picks invite you to admire the splendor of the past in Cimiez and to take a day trip to the famous Cote d’Azur. Read the story

Summer reads: 9 fascinating new books

What could be more relaxing than spending a summer day reading a good book? We selected a few new titles available at Finnish Design Shop that offer inspiration and entertainment to art and design enthusiasts, knitters, home gardeners and food lovers alike, as well as those planning a holiday trip or in need of some R&R. Read the story

The modern leisure home of Joanna Laajisto and Mikko Ryhänen invites to unwind

This holiday home designed with emotion, skill, moderation and common sense offers a calm contrast to the everyday city life of interior architect Joanna Laajisto and photographer Mikko Ryhänen. Read the story

Three great materials for your summer wardrobe and home – here’s how to keep cotton, denim and wool fresh

When well kept, the items we most value will always be a pleasure to wear and use, and will remain beautiful and functional for a long time to come. In this article in our Well Kept series, textile care expert Jenna Kiuru discusses carefully made choices, materials that suit one’s own lifestyle, and how to care for them. Read the story

Old meets new in the summer home – the showroom favorites in June

Finnish Design Shop’s Showroom Manager Maija Rasila and her team pick the showroom’s most interesting products and interior decoration trends every month. In June, the new and old will be brought together as the vintage treasures of marketplace Franckly adorn the interior of the showroom. Read the story

Rolf Hay: “HAY’s intention is to create great, affordable products with the best designers in the world”

Founded by Rolf and Mette Hay, HAY is a Danish – and increasingly international – design company that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In an interview with Design Stories, Rolf Hay talks about recipes for relevant and timeless designs as well as HAY’s plans for the next two decades. Read the story

Kids’ room storage ideas – 7 tips that put the fun in functional

Creative storage solutions are even more imperative in the kids’ room than in other areas of the home. Keeping the room tidy and ready for play is much easier when every item has a designated place. Design Stories put together 7 tips for a fun and functional children’s room – take a look at our storage ideas and get inspired! Read the story

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