Taller Sert: Joan Miró’s dream studio in Mallorca is a work of art itself

Internationally celebrated Catalan artist Joan Miró is known for his surrealist works, long career spanning over seven decades and breathtaking studio designed by architect Josep Lluís Sert. Taller Sert is a must for anyone visiting Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. Read the story

Tikkurila Church is a meeting place open to everyone

Architectural studio OOPEAA designed the Tikkurila Church in Vantaa, Finland, to be a place that is easy to visit. The interior was designed to be relaxed and inviting, with the aim of avoiding solutions that would make the church look like a municipal building. Finnish Design Shop’s Contract Sales provided the church with furniture and lamps. Read the story

Säynätsalo Town Hall is a masterpiece that represents Alvar Aalto’s more humanistic design

Säynätsalo Town Hall was built in the early 1950s to serve as a town hall for a municipal of only 3,000 residents. Today, the building is open to visitors and offers guest rooms for an overnight stay. Take a tour around the town hall together with Design Stories! Read the story

9 fascinating new books for architecture lovers

If you are interested in the Amos Rex art museum, contemporary Chinese architecture, Kengo Kuma’s buildings in Tokyo or Carlo Scarpa’s life’s work, check out these new titles that we have picked from Finnish Design Shop’s book selection. Read the story

Studio Plenty’s new office has plenty of space for creativity and relaxation

Helsinki-based Studio Plenty works with styling, photoshoots and aesthetics in general. Their recently renovated office brings new energy to their creative work. Design Stories interviewed co-founder Anna Pirkola to find out more about the renovation as well as current trends in interior design. Read the story

The Finnish Museum of Photography and Gasm Café & Bar: the new era of shopping malls

The Finnish Museum of Photography’s exhibition space K1, accompanied by a museum shop and a restaurant, is located on the bottom floor of the Kämp Galleria shopping mall in central Helsinki. At street level is the Gasm Café & Bar, the heart of the mall. Read the story

Runo is a boutique hotel in Old Porvoo

Located in southern Finland, Porvoo is known for its old town, idyllic wooden houses and small boutiques, restaurants and cafés scattered along narrow streets. Now Old Porvoo also has something new to be proud of: the relaxed yet elegant hotel Runo. The interior of the hotel was designed by Studio Joanna Laajisto. Read the story

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