Mac Collins’ 009 pinewood bowls are a combination of stocky and sculptural

Mac Collins is one of the designers who contributed to Finnish brand Vaarnii’s debut collection. Collins’ wooden bowls perfectly capture the brand’s unique aesthetics, where brutalism meets sophistication. Read the story

Finnish Design Shop becomes carbon-neutral by protecting forest biodiversity

Starting from 2021, Finnish Design Shop will be offsetting its carbon dioxide emissions by protecting Finnish forests. According to CEO Teemu Kiiski, forest conservation is an effective way of both compensating for emissions and helping biodiversity to thrive. Read the story

Herman Studio: “We aim to balance the contrast between the elegant and the powerful”

Helle Herman Mortensen and Jonas Herman Pedersen work closely together with both their design agency Herman Studio and the Form & Refine brand. In an interview with Design Stories, the designer couple sheds light on their creative process and what makes their collaboration work so well. Read the story

Designer Katriina Nuutinen: “When you give something from yourself, you will get it back manyfold”

Finnish designer Katriina Nuutinen's glassware is characterized by a delicate nature that stems not only from the fragile material but also from Nuutinen's own personality. In an interview with Design Stories, she explains how she has harnessed her sensitivity as a resource for her design work. Read the story

Thomas Bentzen’s Cover chair family was designed for togetherness

The Cover chair family, designed by Thomas Bentzen for Muuto, took a long time and a lot of work to develop. In an interview with Design Stories, Bentzen reminisces on the design process that lasted more than three years – and praises the patience of the manufacturer. Read the story

The Saari pattern by Aoi Yoshizawa conveys a serene archipelago atmosphere

Aoi Yoshizawa designed the gradient Saari pattern for Lapuan Kankurit. Interviewed by Design Stories, Yoshizawa talks about the stages of the design process and the magical views from the Harakka island in Helsinki. Read the story

Lundia’s classic bookshelf combines Finnish pine and rattan

The bookshelves made by Finnish Lundia still have the same structure as seventy-three years ago, but their look and feel are quite modern. We talked about ecological and modifiable furniture with Lundia’s Chief Operating Officer Karri Koskelo. Read the story

Vaarnii prefers designing discussion pieces to playing it safe

Vaarnii is a new design brand that manufactures furniture from Finnish wood. We met with the founders, Antti Hirvonen and Miklu Silvanto, whose long journey to founding their own company has granted them a lot of perspective along the way. Vaarnii is staunchly Finnish, but what does being Finnish actually mean? Read the story

Mette Hay on curating HAY Accessories: “Most of it is instinct”

HAY co-founder Mette Hay is the creative director of HAY Accessories and responsible for curating the accessory selection with her team. In Design Stories’ interview, she talks about the aspects that make the task challenging and the ones that make it so rewarding – and also reveals her current favorite HAY product. Read the story

Knut Bendik Humlevik: “New Works represents a whole aesthetic universe”

Danish design brand New Works strives to rethink Scandinavian design traditions. Design Stories had a chat with Knut Bendik Humlevik, the Creative Director and co-founder of New Works, who wants to cherish creative experiments and offer some peaceful moments in this hectic world. Read the story

Hay’s Bonbon lampshades by Ana Kraš merge two different design worlds

Designed by Ana Kraš, Hay's Bonbon lampshades fuse large-scale production and delicate artisanship, all the while offering a multitude of possible uses. We chatted with the New York-based designer and artist about how the playful lampshades came to be. Read the story

The Zig Zag shelf by Studio deFORM was created to solve a real-life dilemma

Studio deFORM designed the flat-pack Zig Zag shelf inspired their own experiences of moving. The innovative shelf can be assembled in under a minute by simply stretching it into shape. Read the story

Lapuan Kankurit – high-class linen from Finland

Known for their high-quality linen adorned with delightful patterns, Finnish Lapuan Kankurit has a long history in weaving. The family-owned business continues to produce their linen and wool textiles at their own weaving mill in Lapua, Finland. Read the story

The Kartta sculpture by Santtu Mustonen challenges Iittala’s glassblowers

Designed in celebration of the 140th anniversary of Iittala, the Kartta glass sculptures were created in collaboration with artist Santtu Mustonen and master glassblower Heikki Punkari. We had the chance to visit the Iittala glassworks and see how the challenging pieces are made. Read the story

Laura Väre: “I want my products to bring joy for decades to come”

Furniture designer Laura Väre has a clear vision of her own style, in which she combines a reduced design language with innovative solutions and refreshing details. Having aimed for the creative field since she was a child, Väre wants to pay attention not only to the aesthetics but also to the sustainability of her designs. Read the story

Showroom Finland brings light and order to homes

Showroom Finland has been exporting Finnish design worldwide for twenty years. The popular Pilke lamps and multi-purpose Mixrack storage items have become favorites. Design Stories met the company’s founders and learned that there are fans of the brand’s products in faraway places like Mexico. Read the story