Riitta Kokkonen

April 29, 2016
Eero Aarnio Retrospective at Design Museum premium
New major exhibition at the Design Museum exhibits works of one of Finland’s most legendary designers, professor and interior architect Eero Aarnio. Open through the summer season, the retrospective exhibition showcases works from several decades from 1950s until today, presenting the designer’s most recognizable items from the renowned Ball Chair to the favorites of many, the iconic […]
April 14, 2016
Best Spots to See Street Art in Downtown Helsinki premium
Street art has been the subject of much discussion in the Helsinki Region this year. You may have heard or read about the street art project Myyr York hosted by the Vantaa Art Museum Artsi in the neighboring city of Vantaa.  But really, you don’t need to leave Helsinki to find creativity on the streets! Earlier this […]
March 3, 2016
Late Night Shopping at Design District Helsinki premium
Six times a year, all design enthusiasts in the city have a chance to shop til they drop until late hours of the evening. Late Night Shopping events are arranged by Design District Helsinki, a cluster of creative businesses located in the heart of the city that is full of fascinating attractions for fans of […]
January 28, 2016
A cup of coffee and a slice of art at Lokal premium
It was a cold and stormy day.. or at least the snowiest day I can remember, that I decided to make my way from the other side of town to Punavuori to take a peek at the latest exhibition at one of my favorite small gallery spaces. On my way over, running across not just one […]
December 15, 2015
Christmas Shopping: Gift ideas from the Design District Helsinki premium
When it comes to finding unique gifts for Christmas, nothing beats the seasonal Christmas markets and small shops offering design and handicrafts from local designers and artisans – it’s the time of year to shop for all things unique! Just a couple of weeks ago, I visited the lovely annual Design District’s Christmas Market at the […]
November 6, 2015
Top 5 charming interior design boutiques premium
I love browsing through little interior design boutiques whether I’m in my home town Helsinki or travelling. Even when I’m not necessarily searching for something specific, but just for the sake of eye candy they provide, and the inspiration and ideas they give me to later possibly incorporate into my own home. For a traveller, […]
July 30, 2015
Anthology of Finnish Fashion at Design Museum premium
The summer exhibition at the Design Museum takes the visitor on a swift time travel through the decades of Finnish fashion from the 1950s to the present day. The exhibition features the most prominent Finnish fashion labels which have made their mark in the fashion industry – well-known brands, fashion designers and fashion phenomena. The […]
July 15, 2015
Architecture takes center stage at Esplanade Park this summer premium
  This summer the Esplanade Park in the center of the city plays host to a very unique installation, “Re-Creation – The Resilience of Architecture”, which comprises two wooden structures designed by Architect Anssi Lassila, originally constructed for the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in 2014. The installation will be on display in the park through the summer season. […]
May 27, 2015
Plunge into design and shopping at Arabiakeskus premium
One of the top places to visit in Helsinki for anyone interested in design and design shopping is Arabiakeskus (Arabia Center) located in the Arabianranta district, a 20-minute bus or tram ride north from the city center. Arabianranta and Vanhankaupunginlahti (Old Town Bay) are, in fact, the places where Helsinki was originally founded in 1550, and today […]
April 27, 2015
Steam Hellsinki transports visitors into the fantasy world of Steampunk premium
One of the most intriguing phenomenon to hit the Helsinki bar scene lately has been the opening of Steam Hellsinki, Finland’s first steampunk themed bar located in Kamppi, about a month ago. The bar has sparked a lot of interest in both media and public since its opening, and not least because it is owned by […]
April 15, 2015
Enjoy a spring walk in the lovely Vallila district premium
One beautifully sunny early spring day a few weeks ago, I decided to go for a stroll in my old neighborhood the Vallila district. Vallila is, of course, located just a short walk from the Kallio neighborhood, so if you ever find yourself in the area, paying a little visit to Vallila while you’re there is […]
February 12, 2015
Postmodernism 1980 – 1995 at Design Museum until May 17th 2015 premium
The new major exhibition at the Design Museum for spring 2015 presents postmodernism as a movement in design, architecture, arts and popular culture from Finnish perspective during the years 1980-1995. The exhibition is part of Design Museum’s continuing series showcasing different style periods in design during the 20th century. Presented are not only Finnish actors in […]
December 3, 2014
Ceramics & Small Space at Design Forum Showroom premium
This week I paid a visit to the Design Forum Showroom, a small exhibition venue for Finnish design, located on Erottajankatu in the Helsinki city center close to Diana Park. The space is run by Design Forum Finland and the program is made in cooperation with the Aalto University, Grafia, Ornamo, Design District Helsinki and Design Forum […]
November 28, 2014
Fashion Boutique Spotlight: Arela premium
New fashion boutiques are popping up in the lively Punavuori district all the time, but unless you happen to be living in the neighborhood, hear about them from a friend or read a blog post (!) about them, it’s really easy to miss many cool shops worth visiting. So therefore I’ve taken on a mission […]