Prefab homes for minimalist tastes: Manta North provides everything needed in less than 50 square meters

The prefabricated houses made by the Latvian company Manta North are suitable for simple living, cabin life as well as remote working. The compact, energy-efficient houses are specially designed to withstand the northern climate. Read the story

Aspekt Office designed the new Work & Co office in Copenhagen with a touch of Danish hygge

For its new office in Copenhagen, the global digital agency Work & Co wanted to have a local feel and true Scandinavian spirit. Aspekt Office decorated the space using Nordic furniture classics, industrial influences and the famous Danish coziness. Read the story

Karimoku Case Study creates new wood design one project at a time

Combining the minimalist aesthetics of Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa Design with Karimoku’s decades of experience in making wooden furniture results in Japandi at its best. The fourth Karimoku Case Study project transformed a Tokyo apartment from the 1980s into a serene and welcoming home whose dark-toned interior is a tribute to shadows. Read the story

Do you know this sophisticated gem of 1950s architecture?

The former Helsinki School of Economics building on Runeberginkatu is one of the landmarks of Finnish architecture. Now it shines anew after having been renovated for use by Aalto University Executive Education. Read the story

Ilmatar’s new premises in Helsinki combine wind power and whirlwinds

Design and architecture agency Kohina breathed new life into a historic building. The premises of the wind power company Ilmatar in Helsinki, Finland, have both a hint of history and a modern, dynamic vibe. Finnish Design Shop’s Contract Sales had the pleasure of contributing to the furnishing of this unique office. Read the story

Stories of art history in renovated luxury apartments in Helsinki

The Luotsilinna property in Helsinki’s Katajanokka district provided a magnificent historical setting for photos captured of Finnish Design Shop’s new fine art print collection. Explore this unique, carefully renovated Art Nouveau gem with Design Stories and find out how renowned Finnish artists Albert Edelfelt and Tove Jansson are involved in the story. Read the story

Scandinavian feel in the Santorini sun – a peek into a luxury hotel by Kapsimalis Architects

Located on the Greek island of Santorini, the Saint Hotel proves that Nordic and Greek aesthetics have, in fact, quite many things in common. In Design Stories’ interview, Marianna Kapsimali from Kapsimalis Architects talks about the challenging project and the stunning end result, which is complemented by furniture supplied by Finnish Design Shop's Contract Sales. Read the story

Studio Puisto’s Space of Mind cabin allows you to travel without leaving home

Space of Mind is a minimalist and modular cabin developed as a response to the pandemic travel restrictions and the new era of local travel. The compact, prefabricated cabin resulted from a collaboration between three Finnish companies: Studio Puisto, Protos Demos and Made by Choice. Read the story

For cocktail bar Bardem, design agency Fyra conjured up a speakeasy atmosphere with 1980s vibes

Intimate cocktail bar Bardem, led by Hans Välimäki and Arto Rastas, opened in central Helsinki in fall 2019. For the dim ambiance, inspiration has been drawn from the style of many different decades. Bardem was designed by Fyra, the award-winning Interior Architecture Agency of the Year 2020. Read the story

Secret treehouses in the middle of a Danish forest – The Treetop Hotel Løvtag

The Treetop Hotel was crafted by hand with high respect for the natural surroundings at the Als Odde peninsula in Denmark. Inspired by the diversity of Nordic nature, architect Sigurd Larsen shared his thoughts on the project with Design Stories – and revealed what it felt like to spend a night at the top of a tree. Read the story

Hanaholmen – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Center is a brutal gem of the 1970s

Design agency KOKO3’s handprint is visible in the interior of Hanaholmen Cultural and Conference Center, built in the 1970s. They transformed the place into a fluid combination of the old and new. Read the story

Major renovation of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium brings 30’s functionalism face-to-face with modern design

Finland's largest and best-known arena, the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, has been given a major renovation, highlighting the Stadium’s 30’s functionalism while doubling its surface area. The renovation was a balancing act between preservation and new construction. Read the story

La Muralla Roja – a cinematographic dream house in coastal Spain

Located in the coastal town of Calpe, Spain, La Muralla Roja is a striking combination of North-African architectural influences, surreal pastel colors and geometrical constructivism. The breathtaking apartment complex is just one of architect Ricardo Bofill's over 1,000 projects. Read the story

Villa Vassdal by Studio Holmberg is a summer dream inspired by traditional boathouses

Located in the Gothenburg Archipelago, Villa Vassdal offers residents a ruggedly beautiful sea landscape and cozy wooden surfaces. Designed by Studio Holmberg, this summer residence is an inventive combination of modern holiday home architecture and the time-honored building traditions of the Swedish archipelago. Read the story

Avanto Architects’ Matchbox houses were inspired by block play

When asked to build two new houses in place of one demolished home, architects need to be exceptionally creative at problem-solving. Located in southern Finland, the Matchbox houses, jointly created by Avanto Architects and Poiat Studio, were built to blend in with a rocky hillside plot and the surrounding pine trees. Read the story

Tapiola – green satellite town of Helsinki

The modern garden town of Tapiola was built next to Helsinki in the 1950s and 60s. It became a test lab for the latest ideas in architecture and urban planning. Read the story