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News 16.03.2020

Finnish design trends make international headlines

Habitare 2019. (Photographer: Maija Astikainen/Messukeskus media bank)

Significant international design media explored the latest in Finnish design during Habitare and Helsinki Design Week 2019. Have a look at their top picks!

Finland is the home to some of the most known names in design such as Alvar Aalto, Eliel Saarinen, Artek, Iittala and Marimekko. Today, many contemporary brands and designers continue to add to the story of Finnish design.

In September, Helsinki Design Week (HDW) made the Finnish capital the place to be for all design-lovers as it filled it with events and exhibitions exploring the most exciting trends and designers right now.

Finnfacts/Business Finland and Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre invited 16 international design journalists including titles such as Elle Décor Japan and Financial Times to explore the buzz and pick their favorites.

The highlights of the program was Finland's largest furniture, design and decoration event Habitare, which is organized as a part of HDW but the journalists also explored other top picks around the city and visited some of the most interesting Finnish designers, companies and architectural sights right now.

Have a look below for the international journalist's top picks from their design-packed stay in Helsinki:


Hus & Hem: ”Huvudstaden som ska bli klimatneutral med hjälp av design”

Hus & Hem: ”Ny stjärna på designhimlen att hålla koll på”

Plaza: ”Vinnaren Väre” (print article)

Svd Magazinet: ”Pippi på belysning” (print article)


Diivan: “Värvikillud habitarelt” (print article)


AD Magazine: “Гид по Хельсинки: лучшие архитектурные и дизайнерские места”

AD Magazine: “международная выставка дизайна в Хельсинки”

AD Magazine: “Выставка дизайна Habitare в Хельсинки: проекты и тенденции”

Living Space: “Habitare: финские тренды дизайна” (print article)

Living Space: “5 причин побывать на Н еделе Дизайна в Хельсинки” (print article)


Financial Times: “Interiors: the best product design from Helsinki” (in print and online)

Financial Times: “Meet the ceramicist making light fixtures from porcelain” (in print and online)

Design Anthology UK: “Helsinki Design Week 2019”

The Design Edit: “Helsinki Design Week”


AD Germany: Finnish design and Habitare featured in product selection and fair guide pages in printed magazine.


Ideat: “Oodi, une bibliothèque d’un nouveau genre à Helsinki”

Ideat: “Nouvelle tête : Joanna Laajisto, l’étoile montante du design finlandais”

Ideat: “Helsinki Design Week 2019: la relève finlandaise est assurée !”


Domus: Report from Habitare and HDW (print article)

Domus: “Helsinki Design Week: eight exhibitions to watch out at the fair and downtown”

Elle Deco: Design on stage. Studio Drift firma la scenografia dell’‘Orfeo’ (print article)

Elle Deco: Ilse Crawford recupera il ristorante Savoy, gioiello firmato dagli Aalto (print article)


Dwell: “Here Are the Highlights From Helsinki Design Week”


Elle Décor Japan: エディターが厳選! フィンランドでデザイン好きが体験すべき6つのこと - デザイン大国で、見る、買う、食べるならどこへ?

AXIS: “GACHA, a self-driving shuttle bus begins operation in Finland” (Print article)

AXIS: “Harri Koskinen” (print article)

AXIS: “JKMM Architects” (print article)