Wednesday 30 May 2012

Helsinki made of wood

These wooden Helsinki blocks are designed  by Kokoro&Moi in the honour of World Design Capital year. The blocks represent the city's important landmarks. They come in a small fabric bag just like Muji's famous city blocks but are bigger and colourful. Helsinki blocks can bought at least from the Pavillion and Design Forum Shop. I just couldn't resist them...

Monday 28 May 2012

Rijada from Riga

Design Studio Rijada is located in Riga, Latvia and run by designers Rihards Funts and Zane Homka. They have a great range of products and especially their toys are superb! If you have a chance to visit Riga you can find their products at Riija store.

Sunday 27 May 2012

Femme chair

This beautiful Femme-chair is constructed from a single rope and designed by Dutch designer Rik Ten Velden.

Thursday 24 May 2012

Debate over floors

I  wish this was my house, but it's not. But now it starts, the renovation of the new home. We have taken down some walls and removed all the old flooring materials all the way to the concrete. Now the debate is over floors. I wanted concrete but can't have it, since it is an old house and concrete flooring in Finland needs heating. That means that we would have to rip everything apart.  So wood it is, but what kind, that is the question. If  I would have all the money in the world, these Dinesen floors would be my choice -the widest planks you can get.

Sunday 20 May 2012

Day in Käpylä

Käpylä is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Helsinki. I have lived there and could move back any day. There is a large area of beautiful wooden houses built in the 1920's and an active community. They organize a 'village fair' once a year and today was the day. We spent the whole day browsing through flea market tables, listening to music and enjoying the sunny day. Our day ended with a visit to Käpylä's own antique shop Wanha Käpy. It is one of my favorite shops and a great place for vintage lovers.

Saturday 19 May 2012

New home

We will have a new home soon. We bought an apartment in an old row house and now my head is filled with renovation ideas. It's both exciting and exhausting: So many things to do. First time in my life I will have a garden too and it makes me panic a bit, because I have absolutely no gardening skills. I guess now it's time to learn...

Paper house by Sanna Pelliccioni.

Friday 18 May 2012

vainio.seitsonen SS12

I love gray, even in the summer, and I could wear all these! They are from new summer collection by vainio.seitsonen.

Sunday 13 May 2012

For all mothers

Happy Mother's day to all mothers in Finland celebrating today!

Thursday 10 May 2012

Hoof tables

What a great, simple idea and elegant, minimalistic look! These are Hoof-tables by Samuel Wilkinson.

Wednesday 9 May 2012

Scissors by Klaus Haapaniemi

Klaus Haapaniemi has dressed classic Fiskars scissors in new clothes. New patterned scissors are in stores now. I have to get me a pair!

Monday 7 May 2012

Wooden wall art

This is my new piece of wall art from scrap plywood and coloured papers. I simply just glued the papers on and varnished the surface. Varnish isn't even necessary, but I wanted to try how it works. It makes the surface a slightly more durable and works well on most papers.

The gorgeous crocheted Pom Pom-necklace is made by talented Elina Järvinen.

Sunday 6 May 2012

Blog diamonds

I have received several blog awards and challenges (Thank you so much Birgit from Taulu ja Tapetti, Pinja from Pinjacolada, Riikka from Hunajaista and Johanna from Ekojohanna.)

The name of the game is that when you receive credit, you give credit. The task is to name five great blogs that have under 200 followers and pass the challenge on. So, here it is: Five of my favourite 'diamond quality' blogs:

1. Rag&Rug is hosted by two design and advertising students observing life beautifully through camera.
2. Perhonen lensi is a beautiful blog about life in Stockholm.
3. Pieni mopo blogs about design around the world and runs a poster shop called PingPongPrints
4. Elina Dahl is a talented illustrator who hosts both a blog and a shop.
5. Dolores is a true lifestyle blog including tips on fashion, travel and interiors.

Diamond poster by The Pairabirds

Saturday 5 May 2012

Paper art by Helen Musselwhite

 I adore these paper art pieces under glass domes by talented artist and illustrator Helen Musselwhite.

Thursday 3 May 2012

Designer series for iPhone

Finnish designers Sanna Lehti and Anni Kääriä from Muovo have designed this nice patterned iPhone case for Lab-C. The Korean company has partnered with graphic and textile designers from around the world to create eye-catching global designer series of iPhone cases. There are so many nice patterns that it would be hard to choose...

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Weekend in Tallinn

I spent last weekend in Tallinn. I've been there several times before but this time we decided to see the city outside the usual old town. Trams are an excellent way to adventure a little further. Trams number 1 and 2 take you next to a beautiful Kalamaja-area of old wooden housing along and around Kopli-street. There's plenty of shabby chic charm and  beautiful rustic windows and doors. Another good tip from last weekend is Russian restaurant Klafira in old town. Super great service and atmosphere.