Archive | May, 2012

Aino & Reino

28 May

This post is totally inappropriate for this hot weather… But we Finns absolutely adore these slippers! Worn by grannies (Aino) and grandpas (Reino) in our childhood these traditional Finnish slippers have seen a new coming in the past few years and are now more popular than ever before – and they are not exclusive to the seniors anymore! First Ainos were made in 1930 and Reinos followed two years later and their names are traditional old proper Finnish names.

Aino Slippers €39.90

These slippers are comfy and warm and most importantly happy! There are new colours available these days and sizes for children too.  It looks like my favorite red Aino is currently unavailable – most likely sold out.

Reino Slippers €29.90

Baby Reino in Pink €39.90

Baby Reino €39.90

Happiness starts from warm feet! also delivers abroad, contact them for prices. Reino blog can be found here

Finnish Wooden Toys: Haapareppu

20 May

On my last trip to Finland my MiniMoose got an Haapareppu jigsaw as a late 1st birthday present from a good friend of mine. He absolutely loves this wooden jigsaw that features typical Finnish woodland creatures from moose to fox and a bird to rabbit. The animals are beautifully made of silver birch and the colours are safe fabulous. The animals can also stand and therefore perfect for a play on their own outside the jigsaw! This really is a great present and as you’ve probably guessed now will be added to the Hei Moose wishlist!

Haapareppu Jigsaw

Haapareppu Toolbox

Skilled Teddies to be stacked

Bear Jigsaw


18 May

This house is starting to remind me of a Brio palace. Slowly but surely traditional Swedish Brio products from cotbeds to different sized dachshunds have found their way under our roof. And I’m not complaining, the more Brio the better – I love the simple design and clear colours!


In the Nordic countries Brio is a household name and their car seats and prams along their traditional wooden toys and train tracks are very popular. We would next need the Brio Stove (although I used the box of the large dachshund to make a hob on my own!)

Brio Stove

Walk On – MiniMoose recommends

In our house the most pop Brio products at the moment are the walker, cot bed and dachshund. The Brio Sleep cot bed is particularly handy as it has two levels as a cot and the front panel can be removed and later the whole bed can be turned into a junior bed! We have ours in natural wooden colour and 2 years ago Brio had other colours available too. In addition I have my eyes on the Sitty pushchair – it is a good old classic and still looks cool! Oh and the

Brio Sleep cotbed 3 in 1

Brio Go

Brio Sitty – The 30-year-old classic

Brio is easily available from many UK online retailers, including amazon and ebay.

Check Brio’s site out for kids’ activities including colouring sheets. Visit Brio here for all of their products.

Finnish Design Shops

16 May

To round off the recent posts about Finnish design, there are a couple of shops worth visiting if you’re interested in this kind of stuff.

First one – Suomi PRKL Design –  is opening soon in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Their Facebook page looks very promising and the shop will stock everything from Moomin mugs, to rag rugs and JoPo bikes!

Kaksitva via Suomi PRKL Design

I’m totally loving these Kaksitva creatures – check out also Kaksitva’s own website for more!

Kaksitva skulls

Kaksitva is also taking part in the Northern Oddities pop up event that showcases the eccentric Finnish Design and lifestyle in NYC from tomorrow 17th May until 28th May and is housed by Ivana Helsinki.

Which brings me to the other shopping destination that is online – phew!! The Design Shop Outlet stocks a wide selection of all things Finnish including the brands taking part in Northern Oddities.

My instant Design Shop Outlet favourites are the Moomin Mobile -40% (bonus!) and soft toys/pillows by Johanna Kunelius.

Moomin Mobile, Design Shop Outlet

Lady Di by Johanna Kunelius, Design Shop Outlet

And for tomorrow morning – Kahvi Kaunistaa (=coffee makes you beautiful), by Milla Risku.

Maija Louekari

13 May

Maija Louekari is a young Finnish designer whose design appear for example in Marimekko’s collections. Her works include illustrations, textile prints, general designs and prints for clothing. Her website is full of stunning examples of her work, worth a visit!


Of Maija’s Marimekko works the Kippis design and In good company have been my favourties for a while. Seeing her website has also made me a huge fan of her illustrations!

Source: via Annika on Pinterest

Source: via Annika on Pinterest

More Finnish Finds!

12 May

It’s about time I mention these lovely Finnish labels who all design funky prints, textiles, fabrics and/or posters!

Saana ja Olli is a new company to me, but I’m already in love with their beautiful Finnish textiles and I totally need the Dynamo tea towel of their Turku collection, as I used to study in Turku and went to this club ‘a couple of times’. Their other textiles include the magical ‘Night in the Forrest’ featuring foxes, squirrels etc.

Dynamo by Saana ja Olli

Night in the Forrest by Saana ja Olli

I came across PaaPii Design over a year ago and wanted it in my shop immediately! The PaaPii soft toy creatures have attracted lots of attention in my shop and who wouldn’t love these quirky toys. PaaPii Design also designs posters and cards!

Kilikatti Rattle £17.90 Hei Moose

Through PaaPii Design I was also introduced to the fabulous MajaPuu Design whose prints, posters and cards are totally lush.

Source: via Annika on Pinterest


It was again PaaPii Design, this time through Pinterest, that introduced me to the colourful Polkka Jam, who make quirky prints, posters, cards, tea towels etc.

Marimekko Cakes

11 May

Drool alert! No surprise if you’ve been reading this blog that I’m a huge Marimekko fan, not just because its Finnish and Cool, but the prints really are funky! And now they’ve made some cakes for the Summer from their prints! There is a competition going on on their Facebook page currently where you can vote your favourite and win a table cloth!! The samples can also be seen at the Marimekko flagship stores in Helsinki or NYC.

My favourite Marimekko Cake

Marimekko cake

Marimekko Cake

Villervalla at Hei Moose

8 May

Yes, I’m far too excited to write a proper post about this, but a few weeks ago Hei Moose got contacted by 3 lush labels in a one day (within an hour to be precise) which lead to our first Villervalla order! Impkids, who previously was the exclusive UK stockist for Villervalla is now their distributor as well and we had the chance to order current season clothes! As you may remember I earlier wrote about how I wanted to have Villervalla when I set up Hei Moose. So now when the opportunity arrive, we didn’t hesitate to get in some bold stripes and fruits! See our Villervalla collection here

Watermelon Body Vest £13.95

Villervalla Apple T-Shirt £13.95

Green Canvas Star Shorts £16.95

Villervalla Multistriped Leggings £14.95

Swedish Lush Labels: Mini Rodini

7 May

I’m totally in love with Swedish Mini Rodini, and this is definitely on my rather long Hei Moose wish list! Their Spring/Summer collection include the uber cool map print available as romper suits, dresses, beanies, tees etc! Also, if I had a girl, I’d probably have to get the pineapple swimsuit – not too girly at all, just very stylish! Mini Rodini is available from the cool Nordic shops Scandinavian Minimall and Nordic Kids at least.

Mini Rodini Map T-Shirt £26.50

Mini Rodini Map Dress £33.99

Pineapple Suit £39.50

Pineapple Swimsuit £19.99