Category Archives: Finnish design

【Taitoshop】new textile design from old tradition / 來自古早芬蘭學校教學板的美麗設計

Love this idea! Old tradition of educational illustration in Finnish schools become modern textile products!

I just got to know that the educational illustration board were very common in Finland from the end of 19th century. Many well-known Finnish illustrators and artists have been drawing/illustrating for educational boards.

For me it is amazing to imagine that even 100 years ago Finnish students were already surrounded by those beautifully-illustrated educational boards. What a nice way to get to know nature and plants!

Restaurant Juurella – when design meets local food

Note: This post has been posted in Chinese too.

Two weeks ago we went to Restaurant Juurella to celebrate my birthday.

The restaurant is not in the capital area of Finland, instead, it is 300km away from the capital Helsinki. However we decided to come here for several reasons: firstly, we happened to be in this area, at my in-law’s place for weekends. Secondly, this restaurant has been praised and recommended by several my ex-colleagues in Seinäjoki so I have been longing to try out! Thirdly, I appreciate the ideology of restaurant: using local food suppliers and ingredients, as well as local designer’s works in the dining environment.

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Maybe most important reason is: I am always interested in coming back to my ex-hometown to see how it has changed. I used to live in Seinäjoki, for 3 years, and I truly appreciate the strong entrepreneurship spirit in this region as well as the flourishing growth of the city. Having any chance to support this city/region, I would be more than happy to do it!

First impression: a specially cosy environment for such a fine dining restaurant. Bread are freshly baked on the same day, and the one spoonful “offer from the kitchen” was also delicious.

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Then came my favorite dessert: bilberry and birch, which means, bilberry sorbet and caramel pudding which contains birch tree water.

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Meal experience was excellent, so as the dining environment. It delivers cosy feelings to both travelers and locals, as I am a kind of “both”.

I spotted many products from local designers or brands, such as well-known designer Päivi Rintaniemi‘s pottery works, as well as Jokinpiin Pellava‘s nice textiles (I got also one of their products from my ex-boss as a gift years ago).

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To my delight I’ve also found that the ideology and some recipes of the restaurant has been compiled into a book called “Aidosti Juurella”, in which many local producers are introduced.

All in all the whole experience was surrounded by the feeling of respect of local traditions and the origins of food.

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Upon leaving, I found this nice saying on the woman’s washroom door:

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Can’t agree more, what do you think? :)

Restaurant Juurella

Keskustori 1, 60100 Seinäjoki, Finland

+358 6 4140720

www.juurella.fi

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Fiskars – Herb garden 冬日藥草花園燈

Lately I kept running into products that give light for plants and herbs during Finnish autumn and winter. I guess this is something people really need, at least Ii do! Here is one of them: Fiskars Herb Garden.

芬蘭正式進入十一月的黑暗季,久久不見日光也是常事,難怪現在市面上好多這樣的產品,因為真的很需要啊! 下圖是Iittala出的Herb Garden。

Local handcraft – birch bark basket

In another post I introduced the lovely modern birch bark basket designed by VersoDesign for Iittala. Here are birch bark baskets from local handcraft market. Both are beautiful, which style you like more?

之前介紹過VersoDesign為Iittala設計的芬蘭現代白樺樹皮籃,這裡來看看地方手工市集裡的版本。同樣加入手工巧思,味道卻完全不同,一個簡潔現代,一個強調傳統手作風情,你喜歡哪一種?

Baskets designed and made by Finnish local craftwoman.

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Versodesign for Iittala – modern birch bark basket 現代白樺樹皮籃

One of my favorite product from VersoDesign. This basket was a co-operation result with Iittala. Other than this they also have a whole new product line coming out this autumn which combines the felt and Finnish traditional birch bark basket in a modern way, including bread basket, herb basket, mushroom basket (my favorite!)… etc.

幾週前在Iittala Outlet以近乎半價的特價買回家的置物籃,很喜歡,現在成了小孩每天進門時,可以把放手套圍巾帽子放進去的「家」。難得下手買設計品,買回家就發覺,一個溫馨好用的小設計,除了讓家裡多一份整齊,也真的讓人多一份好心情。

Moomin enamel mug by Muurla 姆米小朋友琺瑯杯

Moomin enamel mug, by Muurla. You can find it easily from many supermarket. Lovely gift for kids.

這幾天好像不小心po的照片全都與姆米相關,嗯,我真的不是故意的,大概因為最近服裝品牌在主打姆米系列,超市裡的姆米琺瑯杯也正好在折扣,因緣巧合下姆米就一直出現… 這琺瑯杯,真的很適合買給小朋友當禮物,芬蘭很多超市都找得到,算是平價好用的日常生活設計喔!

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Moomin enamel mug, by Muurla. You can find it easily from many supermarket. Lovely gift for kids. #design #Finland #moomin #muurla

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Live Hard Live Your Dream Collection -Kalevala 芬蘭首飾品牌新系列

Kalevala, a traditional jewelry brand from Finland.
Doodsonit, a international well-known stunt group from Finland.

Here is the new collection of the partnership: Live Hard Live Your Dream.

常以芬蘭傳統史詩或歷史故事為靈感題材的芬蘭首飾品牌卡雷瓦拉Kalevala,今秋與芬蘭揚名國際的特技表演團體Doodsonit合作,推出新系列,就名為Live Hard Live Your Dream. 圖片如下,全系列市面售價為550歐元。

New Collection of Kalevala Jewel
New Collection of Kalevala Jewel

Photo credit: Kalevala Jewel
Photo Source and product page: http://www.kalevalajewelry.com/global/live-hard-live-your-dreams-collection-with-the-dudesons/

Lovi Wood Card! 發現木球耶誕卡

Send your loved one the wooden postcard as a “gift to be made”!

可愛的木頭耶誕卡,寄給你的家人朋友,卡片也可以自己動手作!

Photo credits :www.lovi.fi