Helsinki – Europe’s Design Capital?
After all, why shouldn't a dresser drawer double as a suitcase?By Aric ChenThere's a saying in Finland that if Scandinavia stuck to its strengths, the Finns would design, the Swedes would manufacture, the Danes would sell and the Norwegians (flush with oil money) would buy. Although Finnish design had its last heyday in the mid-20th century—when Marimekko introduced its graphic floral fabrics, Iittala became famous for its now-iconic glassware, and the legendary architect Alvar Aalto created his blond-bentwood furniture—the country is now rediscovering its edge.
An article in Food & Wine argues that Helsinki is emerging as one of Europe’s hottest cities. Last summer, an area of stores, galleries and restaurants in Helsinki was officially christened the design district:
“Helsinki is making news with brash designs that eschew blond-wood clichés. After all, why shouldn’t a dresser drawer double as a suitcase?”
Europe’s New Design Capital | Food & Wine