Tag Archives: Finnish Design

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! Reinokauppa.fi also delivers abroad, contact them for prices. Reino blog can be found here

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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

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: ep.yimg.com via Annika on Pinterest

Source: google.co.uk 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: majapuu.fi 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.


Finnish Lush Labels: Vallila Interior

28 Mar

I’m in Finland at the moment and of course I’m drinking Jaffa here. Jaffa is a legendary Finnish fizzy drink like Fanta, just that it is nicer and as the legend goes the yellow Jaffa cures upset stomachs and even nasty hangovers. That’s no news though, what is news is that Finnish Design company Vallila Interior‘s Jaffa fabrics seem to be now everywhere.

Jaffa Print by Vallila

Therefore I had to take a closer look and I discovered more beautiful textiles and interiors materials from cushions to wall papers. And Vallila interiors doesn’t stop there, they also offer interior design services and have many famous Finnish spaces under their belt, such as the funky GLO Hotel in the middle of Helsinki. Vallila Interiors have been awarded the key flag symbol for its Finnish designs.

Merituuli Ready Made Curtain by Vallila

My favourites of their collections are obvioulsy the Jaffa fabrics but also the fabrics that feature beautiful Finnish nature and buildings from  my home town Helsinki!

Bulevardi (Helsinki) fabric by Vallila

Tähtitorni (Helsinki) fabric

Pääskylä Ready Made Curtain

Vallila fabrics have recently become available in the UK too at the All Modern online shop and they seem to have free delivery on Vallila products.

Jaffa Cushion Cover

Top 10 Shower Curtain