Finnish design companies get inspired by World Design Capital 2012 bringing new ideas to table settings!
Riitta Kokkonen February 17, 2012


The World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 has inspired many Finnish design companies to create special WDC 2012 products to celebrate the year. The selection offers plenty of new ideas for  table settings and decorations!

Iittala is marking Helsinki’s Design Capital year with a bold interpretation of what it means to be Finnish and to live in Helsinki. Artist Per Josephson’s HEL 2012 series features a pixel collage of Finnish national icons and heroes. It consists of a mug, plate, bowl, take away mug and espresso cup with saucer! The bottom stamp displays the coordinates of the Iittala shop on Pohjoisesplanadi in Helsinki. The products will be for sale for the duration of the Design Capital year 2012.


For over 130 years Arabia has been in the vanguard of Finnish design and its history is deeply rooted in Helsinki. Inspired by the WDC year, the company launched a new Kotikaupunki (Home Town) series of mugs to celebrate it. Collection is based on Kaj Franck’s minimalist design of 1952, Teema series. Miira Zukale, who graduated from the School of Art and Design in Helsinki in 2007, designed the decorations, reflecting the cheerful, cosy atmosphere of Arabia’s home town. The mugs have four themes (Park, Sea, Block and Downtown), reminiscent of Helsinki’s architecture, coastal landscape, parks, markets and the best means of transport – trams and bicycles.


Arabia celebrates the important year also by launching a new “Hurraa!” WDC Helsinki 2012  Moomin Mug! The decoration of the mug is based on the story of the popular Moomin book “Who will comfort Toffle?” by Tove Jansson. The mug is available only during the WDC 2012 year.


Marimekko dove into its legendary print archive to find inspiration for 2012, and came back with Per Olof Nyström’s Helsinki-Helsingfors print from 1952. Inspired by Helsinki’s Art Nouveau buildings, this spring 2012 the interior decoration collection begins Marimekko’s year-long celebration of WDC 2012. The Helsinki series includes “Oiva” mugs in two colours with accompanying trays and kitchen towels.


The Savoy restaurant celebrates its 75th anniversary year by combining design and food! To recognize Helsinki’s WDC year Savoy commissioned a new crockery set and created a special anniversary menu as part of the “Designing Eating” project. This year Savoy’s dishes will be served in limited-series hand-crafted crockery set designed by renowned local ceramic artist Karin Widnäs. Widnäs created the unique 16-piece “For Savoy” crockery set in the spirit of the famed Finnish architect and design pioneer Alvar Aalto. “For Savoy” takes inspiration from the natural beauty of Finland’s forests and lakes. The famous Savoy dining room was originally designed by Alvar Aalto in cooperation with his wife Aino Aalto. The restaurant opened its doors in 1937.

  • I love the Helsinki design from Marimekko!! I bought a few items on my recent visit and added to my Iittala collection.