Design

Design has played an important part in Helsinki's evolution since Russia made it the capital of Finland in 1812 and Bulevardi’s architecture reflects the capital’s enthralling and often tumultuous history.

A Boulevard steeped in culture

Connecting two contrasting worlds of design

The Bulevardi street was originally designed and built in the 19th century to lend a more European air to the city’s streets. Many of the street’s shops, restaurants, architecture and parks date from that period and much of the architecture reflects the rise of industrialism, increased affluence and European trends. Bulevardi acts as a thoroughfare between two different worlds of design: to the east, the upscale Esplanadi; and to the west, industrial design excellence in the form of Helsinki shipyard.

In the heart of Design District

The cobbled, tree-lined street may remind you of the design of classic Parisian boulevards, with an upmarket and relaxed atmosphere to match. Bulevardi is part of Helsinki’s Design District, a community of 200 creative businesses including galleries, designers and jewellery makers. Formed in 2005, it stretches across 25 streets. In 2012, Helsinki was named World Design Capital and it’s easy to see why. Esplanadi is a delight for design lovers, whether window shopping, seeking design inspiration or searching for a unique and striking piece of furniture for home.

Design Forum Showroom

Finnish design in Helsinki

Design Forum Showroom is a new exhibition venue for design at Erottajankatu 9 B (inner courtyard, just opposite Design Forum Shop). It is a two-year project that was made possible by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. 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 Finland.

Erottajankatu 9 B (inner courtyard), www.designforum.fi

Design Forum Showroom exhibitions

Design Forum Showroom is exhibition venue for Finnish design. The aim of the showroom is to present interesting, topical and experimental design phenomena from various fields of design. The program will highlight both design and its makers. The space is 160 sq metres and it is divisable. Since 2000 Design Forum has been awarding annually the Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year Prize, which can be given to one or several individuals or a team exhibiting new, creative concepts and skills in design. The purpose of the prize is to encourage young designers to carry on uncompromising and original work in design.

Artek ja Iittala

Alvar Aallon perustama

Founded already in 1935. The business idea of Artek began as “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” The cornerstones of the company’s product development strategy are ethics, aesthetics and ecology. In Artek, this translates into a combination of high quality, timeless classics and strong ideology in design thinking. It looks and feels like a epitome of modern scandinavian design.

Eteläesplanadi 18, www.artek.fi

Iittala Shop

What began as a glass factory in Iittala, in 1881, now celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people’s everyday lives. Found from every Finnish home, Iittala objects are distinctive, combinable and multi-functional, with lasting design that allows for individual use and expression. To discover the treasures of Iittala, you can visit either the Flagship Store in Esplanadi or Outlet Store in the suburb of Arabia, where you can also find Arabia Museum.

Pohjoisesplanadi 25, www.iittala.fi

Modern design and family business

Contemporary designers' products

Aero Design Furniture concentrates on modern design of the highest quality in aesthetic and use. The collection includes classics, now almost icons, and contemporary designers' products. Besides new models the shop also sells old masterpieces from the golden age of Finnish design.

Yrjönkatu 8, www.aerodesignfurniture.fi

Family business from 1990

Formverk is a family business established in 1990, creating Scandinavian design, chairs, lighting fixtures, accessories. Initially, the company focused solely her own collection for the creation and manufacture. Today, your collection is still being manufactured in Finland by subcontractors. In addition to our collection now also represent many internationally known brands such as Fritz Hansen, Kartell, Magis, Luceplan, the latest entrant in Cassina.

Annankatu 5, www.formverk.fi

Design works and lifestyle collections

Gallery space and coffee corner

72 % Art 28 % Coffee - a new concept by Katja Hagelstam, which combines a gallery space and a coffee corner in a small home-like environment. The exhibitions change every month and focus on Finnish contemporary art and design. You will also find a small carefully selected selection of products that Katja likes, both old and new.

Annankatu 19, www.lokalhelsinki.com

Extensive lifestyle collection

Johanna Gullichsen Textile Craft & Design offers an extensive lifestyle collection for modern living. The collection consists of fabrics for upholstery and furnishings, kitchen and table-linen, bath-linen, bed-linen, kimonos and other home accessories. Johanna Gullichsen’s textiles reflect elements of modern living.

Fredrikinkatu 18, www.johannagullichsen.com