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About Us

About us

 

PIECES OF NORDIC HAPPINESS

What makes a person happy? If you really want to know, ask someone living in the Nordic countries. After all, we’re the happiest people in the world – and we have studies to back that up*. So go ahead: ask. “What makes us happy?” Well, of course there’s Nordic equality, education, clean environment, nature and security – but, above all, the place we call home.

For us, the home is a special place. As you know the weather here doesn’t always favor sitting around in a piazza, and this has made us experts on homes and cozy living – ever heard of hygge, mys or sauna?

We don’t like materialism, but love aesthetics. We see less as more, and so everything, however small, should be chosen with care. Quality is not elitism, but sustainability.

It’s products like this we have selected here, in the world’s largest Nordic online design store. Here, you’ll find all the major designers, brands and design classics, but also interesting new products that suit the Nordic style.

Come in and find your own piece of Nordic happiness.

*World Happiness report 2017

 

THE STORY OF FINNISH DESIGN SHOP

Finnish design is known for its functionality and simplicity. However, finding Finnish design abroad hasn’t always been that simple. That’s why in 2004 we came up with an idea of an online store, which would sell big and small Finnish design goods all around the world. We also had a simple and functional name in mind: Finnish Design Shop. From day one, the products needed to meet two requirements: excellent design and top notch quality.

Even though back then online shopping wasn’t exactly mainstream, fans of Finnish design were quick to find our store. In the beginning, we operated from a space the size of a small studio, where packing and distribution also took place. After a few years, products from all over Scandinavia were added to the selection based on customer demand. High quality and excellent design were still held on to. We also kept the name, Finnish Design Shop, since our warehouse and offices are located in Finland.

As our selection broadened, new design lovers found our store and helped us grow into the world’s largest online store specialized in Nordic design. Our founder and CEO since the beginning, Teemu Kiiski, is still in charge of our business. Nowadays we are also part of A-lehdet Group with A-lehdet media house, which has inspired us to publish Design Stories – our very own online magazine.

Today we have loyal customers in over 100 countries and counting. We have grown into a team of 50 employees, which means that our CEO doesn’t have to spend his time packing deliveries anymore. Except maybe during Christmas when it gets busy. 

 

FAST FACTS

• World’s largest online store specialized in Nordic design

• Founded in 2004

• Official dealer for over 150 design brands that suit the Nordic lifestyle. For example Artek, Vitra, Muuto, Hay, Iittala and Marimekko

• Only authentic products

• Fast and safe shipping to over 180 countries 

• Head office and warehouse located in Turku, Finland

• Weekly editorial content: Design Stories online magazine

 

KIND WORDS

“Founded in 2004 as a go-to e-tailer for the best Nordic designs, the site offers a wonderful, hand-picked mix of classics from icons and up-and-coming designers alike.”

The Financial Times 2015, How to Spend it

 

“Our Favorite Online Shop for All Things Hygge: From the classic designers and iconic brands to lacquered oak chairs and the sleekest smoke alarms you've ever seen, the Finnish Design Shop has all the things a hygge-lover could want — and more.”

The Kitch, 2017

 

“Minimalists, Rejoice—We Found Your New Favorite Online Shop. Enter Finnish Design Shop: a collective online shop that holds the best of Scandinavian design.”

MyDomaine, 2017