The international vote was open in Finnish Design Shop’s online store for all visitors between 3 July and 31 August 2017. Within two months, 10,735 votes were cast, 8,997 of which came from Finland and 1,738 from abroad.

The Aalto vase that won the vote gained nearly 2,000 votes, which is 18% of the total votes cast. Eero Aarnio’s Ball Chair took second place and Fiskars’ orange Classic scissors took third place. Alvar Aalto’s classics were strongly represented in the top five, as the Aalto stool came in fourth and the A331 pendant light – better known as the Beehive – took fifth place.

There was a raffle of ten 100-euro gift cards between all those who participated in the vote. The winners are: Matti Viikate, Suvi Linden, Joonas Kivistö, Rinna Hult, Sonja Eerola, Maaret Saari, Maija Ikonen, Tia Vuorinen, Margaretha Ivarsson and Benjamin Favro.

The winners have been notified in person. Congratulations!

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Aalto stool 60

Aalto stool 60

Alvar Aalto, 1933

Aalto’s three leg stool was presented in 1933 and it was a sensation in the design world of his time. The stool’s L-leg was revolutionary for its technical realization. 

Aalto vase

Aalto vase

Alvar Aalto, 1936

Alvar Aalto created the Aalto vase for the World Fair in Paris in 1937. Most probably the legendary shape is derived from the Finnish landscape and lakes.  

Aalto tea trolley 900

Aalto tea trolley 900

Alvar Aalto, 1937

Created for the World Exhibition of Paris in 1937, the tea trolley gets its look from the bent birch frame, the big plywood wheels, the hand-made rattan basket and the table's ceramic surface. 

Block lamp

Block lamp

Harri Koskinen, 1996

Harri Koskinen designed the Block Lamp in 1996, and it became an immediate success. The lamp has been part of MoMA’s permanent collection since 2000. 

Domus chair

Domus chair

Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1946

Ilmari Tapiovaara designed the Domus chair in 1946 for the Domus Academica student dormitory in Helsinki, and nowadays it adorns homes and public spaces around the world. 

Fiskars Classic scissors

Fiskars Classic scissors

Fiskars, 1967

Over a billion pairs of these world's first plastic-handle scissors have been sold worldwide, and they are also in the permanent collection of MoMA in New York. 

K chair

K chair

Harri Koskinen, 2009

K chair is upholstered with paper cotton yarn fabric and it received an Interior Innovation Award at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne in 2004. 

Kartio tumbler

Kartio tumbler

Kaj Franck, 1958

Elegant yet durable enough for everyday use, the simple Kartio is perhaps the perfect tumbler. 

Karuselli chair

Karuselli chair

Yrjö Kukkapuro, 1964

Developed from the 1950s until 1964, Kukkapuro's Karuselli is one of the most famous lounge chairs in the world.  

Klaus Haapaniemi textiles

Klaus Haapaniemi textiles

Klaus Haapaniemi, 2010-

Artist and designer Klaus Haapaniemi's unique range of home textiles are made from the finest materials and inspired by nature and fairy tales. 

Latva coat rack

Latva coat rack

Mikko Laakkonen, 2006

One of the new classics on our list, Latva is both a coat rack and a space divider. You can put your belongings on Latva’s branches or leave it empty, like a beautiful sculpture.  

Beehive lamp A331

Beehive lamp A331

Alvar Aalto, 1953

The A331, also known as Beehive, was first introduced as part of the décor of the University of Jyväskylä, and is nowadays one of Artek’s most popular lights. 

Octo lamp

Octo lamp

Seppo Koho, 2005

Secto Design’s Octo represents the new classics of Finnish design. The sphere-like pendant is crafted of form-pressed Finnish birch. 

Ball chair

Ball chair

Eero Aarnio, 1963

The Ball chair is one of the most well-known classics of Finnish design and can be found in the collections of design museums all over the world, as well as in several movies and music videos.  

Pirkka furniture range

Pirkka furniture range

Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1955

One of the most popular Finnish furniture ranges, Pirkka alludes to the forms of rustic Finnish furniture and has obtained cult status also abroad. 

Sarpaneva cast iron pot

Sarpaneva cast iron pot

Timo Sarpaneva, 1960

The Sarpaneva pot features a clever detachable handle, thanks to which it is possible to lift either the whole pot or only the lid without burning one's fingers.  

Teema tableware

Teema tableware

Kaj Franck, 1953 (Kilta)

The Teema collection features a minimalist and functional design based on three basic forms: square, rectangle and circle. 

Ultima Thule glassware

Ultima Thule glassware

Tapio Wirkkala, 1968

The nature imitating forms of this iconic glassware range contributed greatly to Iittala’s international breakthrough in the 1960s. 

Unikko print

Unikko print

Maija Isola, 1964

Maija Isola designed the Unikko as a protest, after the founder of Marimekko had announced the end of floral fabrics. 

My own choice

My own choice

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