Design is a factor deep-rooted in the urban lifestyle of Helsinki. Design is manifest in the everyday lives of Helsinki citizens in many ways, ranging from home furniture and items that represent old Finnish design traditions to modern urban solutions in the city and contemporary interior design. In 2012 Helsinki wore the title World Design Capital. Helsinki is the perfect destination for design shopping and design culture.

May 10, 2016
Top 4: Hot Spots of Cold War premium
The Cold War was interesting period of time in Finland: the country was balancing between east and west for over four decades. Moscow had some influence on Finland’s politics but at the same time Finland integrated economically to the west. Dive in to the history of the Cold War period with some of the most […]
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 […]
April 3, 2016
The confessions of a kids’ clothes fan – 3+ 1 favorite stores in Helsinki premium
I admit. I do like kids’ clothes a lot. Sometimes you might think I’m vain. I like stripes, graphic patterns, B&W, sometimes colors as well, fun prints, sustainable materials, fun and functional models. I do listen to my children’s opinions and wishes but often I shop alone (and luckily mostly my kids do like what […]
April 2, 2016
Historic Wooden Neighbourhoods of Helsinki 2/3 – Käpylä premium
Walking through historic wooden Käpylä is like entering a living time capsule into Helsinki’s past, where original houses and street layouts reveal the life of a hundred years ago, that still exists today. After the turn of the 20th century Helsinki suffered from overcrowding and lack of housing due to industrial growth. Unsanitary shanty towns […]
March 10, 2016
Spring 2016 Top 5 Exhibitions premium
Spring is coming to town bringing along many interesting exhibitions to museums and galleries. I’ve gathered a list of my favourites, which includes something new and old, paintings, sculptures and also Finnish design. More information about events and exhibitions will be available at our webbsite     Helsinki Noir, Amos Anderson Art Museum, open […]
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 […]
February 19, 2016
Helsinki museums: 3 shops & cafés not to miss premium
Yes, there are quite a few museums on a map of Helsinki. And, yes, each of them is worth a hasteless tour on Sunday afternoon. However, there are some proven ways to benefit from the museum visit without entering exhibition space. Think of shopping and a hearty lunch.   Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma – attention: […]
February 9, 2016
Now it’s allowed to climb on walls and hang on furniture! premium
As a mother of two, all new children’s products and services interest me a lot. That is why I was very excited about going to get to know Gymi and Gymi Shop in Herttoniemi as well as Christina Nurmi who is in charge of the company. Christina has a long history in gymnastics as a […]
January 29, 2016
The neoclassical centre of Helsinki premium
The layers of history can be seen in the buildings of Helsinki – if you know where to look. Unlike Tallinn or Stockholm with their medieval parts, Helsinki has a unique Empire style centre. Here’s some tips where to go spot the most beautiful neoclassical buildings. When Finland became part of the Russian Empire in […]
January 29, 2016
Historic Wooden Neighbourhoods of Helsinki 1/3 – Kumpula premium
Historic Kumpula is like its own little village of wooden houses with interesting attractions tucked away between interwoven forests. Just a few kilometers from the city centre, this is an easy way to catch a glimpse into the past life of Helsinki. Kumpula is a quaint neighbourhood that was started as a low-­cost housing area […]
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 […]
January 27, 2016
Guest Blogger Interview: Andy Kruse premium
Tell us something about yourself: what do you do, what do you like, what kind of hobbies do you have? I am a family man working as an elementary school teacher and a journalist. Being an American I’m a sucker for pizza, french fries, and Coca-Cola. I feel my best after a good skatepark session […]
January 19, 2016
National Romantic Helsinki premium
In the late 19th century national romanticism became a popular style in Finnish architecture. Also known as jugendstil the Finnish romanticism was heavily influenced by the German architecture. Unlike the French art nouveau the Finnish architecture was more massive and heavy. Inspiration came from medieval castles and Finnish nature. Helsinki grew a lot around fin-de-siècle […]