Get to know the team behind Finnish Design Shop – the Makers of Nordic happiness! First in line to make your acquaintance is Marketing Specialist Netta Kekkonen, who shares her top tips and picks for a decor that'll make every day feel a bit more special.
MAKERS OF NORDIC HAPPINESS is a column where the Finnish Design Shop team makes their acquaintance. First, let's hear from Marketing Specialist Netta Kekkonen, who shares her thoughts about the impact of good design on everyday life.
“As an aesthete, I love having beautiful objects in my home – they bring a smile to my face and joy to my everyday life. Since well-designed pieces stand the test of time, the design investments I've made over the years will accompany me throughout my life, from one home to another,” Netta states joyfully.
“My best interior design tip is to decorate your home in a way that reflects your own style, without being overly influenced by fleeting trends. This way, you can also make sustainable and though-out choices that you truly want to keep as part of your home decor for a long time.”
Netta's five favourites
1. Iittala: OTC Cheetah duvet covet set
Iittala's duvet cover set from the Oiva Toikka Collection is adorned with a graphic Cheetah print. The duvet cover and pillowcase are made of cotton percale, a material often used for hotel bedding due to its smooth and cool feel against the skin.
The Cheetah duvet cover set is part of Iittala's collection titled the Curious Mind of Oiva Toikka. The collection's items are decorated with colourful, vibrant patterns based on original sketches and drawings found in the archives of Finnish designer and artist Oiva Toikka.
“As an aesthete, I love having beautiful objects in my home – they bring a smile to my face and joy to my everyday life.”
2. Audo Copenhagen: Triptych bowls
“I love setting the table, and my treasures from Marimekko and Iittala truly brighten up every meal. The ceramic Triptych bowls by Audo Copenhagen are on my wishlist: they would be perfect for both serving and storing small items.”
The unique pattern of the Triptych bowls, created by design duo Mentze Ottenstein, is due to the reactive glazing – each bowl has its own one-of-a-kind personality. The effortlessly elegant bowls bring a touch of warmth and depth to the interior.
3. Artek: Aalto table 90b
Artek's table 90B is Alvar Aalto's timeless design from 1935. The main material of the round dining table is solid birch, and the tabletop is coated with easy-care laminate. Simple and petite, the table is also perfect for a more snug space.
“The Artek Aalto 90B table also brings a touch of fun and functionality to everyday meals – and it has certainly been a multitasking champion during my remote work days. It's a true all-rounder in my cozy little studio apartment!”
4. Aarke: Carbonator Pro
The Swedish Aarke carbonators combine a sophisticated design with outstanding technical performance. Each component of the carbonators has been refined through precise engineering and rigorous testing, and special attention has been given to the durability and safety of features like valves and springs. Aarke carbonators are compatible with most standard CO₂ cylinders, with one cylinder carbonating up to 60 liters of water
“Since well-designed pieces stand the test of time, the design investments I've made over the years will accompany me throughout my life, from one home to another.”
5. Fasetti: Easy sofa module
The Easy single-seater sofa by Fasetti boasts a characterful 1970’s design: created by Ahti Taskinen, the modular sofa was originally introduced at the first-ever Habitare furniture fair held in Helsinki in 1970. As you would expect from the era, Easy is quite robust and low, and upholstered in cosy corduroy. Reintroduced in 2021, the Easy chair beds are manufactured in Finland.
”My best interior design tip is to decorate your home in a way that reflects your own style, without being overly influenced by fleeting trends.”
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Text: Design Stories Images: Netta Kekkonen and manufacturers