Visits and Discoveries

Academic Bookstore

The Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa) in the center of Helsinki is one of the works of the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (the bookstore was built in the 1960s), who is often credited as the "father of modernism" in Scandinavia. Although the bookstore may seem quite ordinary...

Design Forum

Shop originated to be expose for the Year of Design in 2012.  Not only did it have great design, their cafe was great.

"Design Forum Shop is the world's largest shop focused on contemporary Finnish design situated in the heart of the Design District. We offer a diverse and constantly...

Hubbard Designs

We met through serendipity John Hubbard. He is a friend of and book designer for Ed Marquand, .whom we had met on our trip to Seattle

John is married to Saija Silen, curator of architecture at Museum of Central Finland. They graciously  met...

Aalto University; School of Arts, Design and Architecture

“The Department of Design produces design professionals who can work in industry, trade, cultural institutions or the media, or lead design businesses. Students become familiar with the concepts and methods related to the science, art and practice of design.”

Our meeting was arranged...

Museum of Central Finland

Our personal guide was Saija Silen, the curator of architecture. A great exhibition of the history that inspired and incorporates the design consciousness of the Finns.

The Museum of Central Finland specializes in cultural history. It serves both as the town museum of Jyväskylä and...

Alvar Aalto Museum and Archives

We were unable to view the archives in detail during our visit, due to scheduling problems, but we did have a great personal tour of the museum, arranged by Saija Silen.

The Alvar Aalto Museum operates in two cities, Jyväskylä...

ELKA - Finnish Business Archives

Olli Alm met with us (with Heidi Huovinen) and showed us their extensive holdings. Many of the design archives are actually industrial design businesses, and so they also have materials relevant to design of all types.

The Central Archives for Finnish Business Records
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Artek

Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists, Alvar and Aino Aalto,...

Artek Open Archives

Adding your own images to the Open Archives is easy. You simply upload the image, state who the photographer is, add your e-mail and you're set. By also adding in which city and country the image was taken, Artek is able to create a global map of the Artek community. Images won't appear...

Salakauppa (“secret shop”)

Aamu Song & Johan Olin. SALA means secret and KAUPPA means shop.
"All of the products in SALAKAUPPA are designed by Aamu Song & Johan Olin of COMPANY and are the result of excursions to very exiting, yet old fashioned, factories around Finland and sometimes to our neighbors...

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