Textile designer Elina Helenius: “VM Carpet’s Duo rugs look and feel just as I had envisioned”

Designed by Elina Helenius for VM Carpet, the Duo rug collection boasts a beautifully natural look that stems both from the eco-friendly materials and the timeless, nature-inspired patterns. We chatted with the designer about the rugs' journey from idea to final product. Read the story

Franckly Friends: At Lela Louhio’s home, Scandinavian style meets Brazilian atmosphere

Franckly Friends, dedicated to friends of pre-owned design, is a column that visits the homes of interesting individuals and delves into stories behind their design treasures. In the second part, we meet stylist and interior designer Lela Louhio at her home in Helsinki. Lela’s home reflects her love of Scandinavian design and her home country, Brazil. Read the story

Illustrator Matti Pikkujämsä: “I’m at my happiest when I’m drawing”

The beloved, award-winning Matti Pikkujämsä will start drawing first thing in the morning, and takes out his sketchbook during the day many times. Part of his artistry consists of portraits, which can make their subjects either cry and laugh. Read the story

Cover Story’s Anssi Jokinen: “Wall color is the interior’s most important element”

Paint brand Cover Story sees painting as decorating, not renovating. That’s why they try to make buying and using their paints as effortless as possible to encourage people to decorate with color. Read the story

Franckly Friends: Designer Fanni Lyytikäinen fell in love with 1970s architecture

Franckly Friends, dedicated to friends of pre-owned design, is a column that visits the homes of interesting individuals and delves into stories behind their design treasures. First up, we had the pleasure of exploring designer Fanni Lyytikäinen’s home, full of surprises – a forgotten pearl of 70s architecture in Espoo's Olari district. Read the story

Yrjö Kukkapuro’s studio is a source of limitless inspiration

Ateljee Kukkapuro, which has been the home and workspace of Yrjö Kukkapuro and graphic artist Irmeli Kukkapuro for decades, is an international attraction. Design Stories had the pleasure of visiting the studio and hearing about Yrjö Kukkapuro’s life’s work and the importance of the space and collaboration for creativity. Read the story

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