Designer who loved technology – Richard Sapper’s designs range from cars to laptops

The career of German-Italian designer Richard Sapper was driven by his boundless interest in technology. Sapper, one of the key industrial designers of the last century, created innovations including the Tizio lamp for Artemide, the kettle 9091 for Alessi, and the ThinkPad laptops for Lenovo. Read the story

Ilmari Tapiovaara’s Maija lamp (1955)

Ilmari Tapiovaara is best known for his interior and furniture design. Most people are familiar with the Domus chair and Pirkka collection, but did you know that Tapiovaara also designed lamps? One of the most beautiful is Maija, which is currently part of Santa & Cole’s selection. Read the story

Alessi introduces the iconic espresso makers 9090 and La conica in vivid original versions

To celebrate its centennial, Alessi treats design lovers to intriguing special editions: Richard Sapper’s espresso coffee maker 9090 and Aldo Rossi’s La Conica are featured in the Alessi 100 Values Collection as previously unpublished original versions. Read the story

Gubi’s Pedrera coffee table reprises the flowing forms created by Antoni Gaudí

The Pedrera coffee table is one of the Danish company Gubi’s hit products. Its modern design seems entirely up to date, but the name reveals something completely different in its background. The coffee table was designed in 1955 in one of Antoni Gaudí’s most famous buildings in Barcelona. Read the story

Charles & Ray Eames – pioneers of 20th-century modern design

Charles and Ray Eames were some of the most influential designers of 20th-century modern design. The story of the couple, making their careers in the US, involves both design competitions and World War Two – and Finnish architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen. Read the story

“Guru of radical design” – Ettore Sottsass’ colorful designs celebrate Alessi’s centennial

The Alessi 100 Values Collection features new editions of iconic products by Ettore Sottsass and other notable names of Italian design. Sottsass is also known for his groundbreaking work in the Memphis collective and the Radical Design movement. Read the story

Vitra’s LCM chair is an absolute gem of timeless design to Henna Laakso

One of the treasures of Henna Laakso’s living room is an LCM lounge chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Its meticulously crafted ergonomics delight its owner every day. Read the story

The Karuselli chair was a long-time dream for Lauri Kähkönen

In the home of Lauri Kähkönen, creative director of restaurants Grön and Way, all the objects are meant to be used. The vintage Karuselli chair by Yrjö Kukkapuro makes even everyday life feel festive. Read the story

Functionalist Hotel Vaakuna from the 1950s is filled with original lamps by Paavo Tynell

At Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, right in the center of Helsinki, you can travel back in time to the 1950s. Established in 1952 and recently renovated, this famous Finnish hotel features lighting by Paavo Tynell, creating a romantic atmosphere inside the functionalist building. Read the story

Classic chairs by Alvar Aalto chosen for the interior of the Bob W apartment hotel

In the early 1930s, Alvar Aalto designed several chairs made of bentwood and plywood. The Bob W apartment hotel, to be opened in Helsinki in spring 2021, will feature these Aalto classics made by Artek. Bob W acquired the chairs second-hand – in the spirit of circular economy – through Franckly. Read the story

Artek’s 69 chairs ended up in Tero Kuitunen’s home by pure luck

Designer Tero Kuitunen appreciates the beautiful patina and classical design heritage of his Alvar Aalto vintage chairs. He found two of them at a stationery shop at his campus and one in front of a store in downtown Helsinki. Read the story

Influential women in Scandinavian design – spotlight on four pioneers

Aino Aalto, Nanna Ditzel, Greta Magnusson Grossman and Armi Ratia were pioneers in Scandinavian design and home interior design. The recognizable handprint and strong vision of these four designers are still a delight today. Read the story

Archive find from the 1930s brought Tove Kindt-Larsen's Grace chair to life

The sketches of the Grace armchair, designed by Tove Kindt-Larsen in the 1930s, remained hidden in her archives for more than 80 years before being brought to production by the Danish design brand Gubi. With the launch of the charming rattan chair, Gubi aims to restore Kindt-Larsen’s well-deserved position in design history. Read the story

Medieval meets mid-century – Carin Bryggman’s work is visible everywhere in Turku Castle

Carin Bryggman established her own interior design office in Turku more than 70 years ago, as the first woman in Finland. Bryggman's skillfully designed interiors and mid-century furniture can still be seen here and there – particularly in the medieval Castle of Turku. Read the story

Harry Bertoia’s iconic Diamond Chair is Elisa Koskinen’s lunch-hour find

When vintage-loving Elisa Koskinen saw Knoll’s Diamond Chair in a second-hand shop, she knew immediately that the classic would come home with her. Read the story

Design duo Saana ja Olli’s sofa is clad in Vuokko’s Hedelmä fabric

One of Saana Sipilä and Olli Sallinen’s favorite finds is an architect-made corner sofa that is upholstered with a fabric designed by Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi. Read the story