Helsinki, the capital of Finland is quickly rising as the Scandinavian design capital. Take a look at this Helsinki Design Guide and find everything about this emerging city!
The country located in Northern Europe is not only known for saunas, Santa Claus and natural wonders, it’s also, especially Helsinki, known for its architecture and minimalist design aesthetics.
In the past few years, Helsinki has been rising as an important and unexpected design destination with design studios popping up everywhere and design lover flocking to the city! Unlike their Scandinavian siblings, the city is still quite under the radar for tourism.
The city will be the host of the Helsinki Design Week, happening 5-15 September.
Many hotels are popping up in Helsinki, some of which have a very Nordic vibe, while others aren’t your typical Scandinavian accommodation, or at least what you would be expecting. Hotel St. George is an example of this rising trend. Located right at the center of the Design District it’s a great choice for staying in Helsinki. Bonus points if you’re an art lover as the hotel features a 300-piece collection.
We already mentioned the Helsinki Design Week that will be held in the city during 5-15 September. But did you know this event comprises many other events all to celebrate design? Besides, there are all sorts of events dedicated to design all over Finland. The main trend in these events is how independent designers bring the best of the Finnish design to life.
Alike the rest of the Scandinavian countries, Finnish people know what they are doing when it comes to minimalism. Minimalism is all about sticking with the basics and favors high-quality timeless objects to low-quality mass-produced trinkets. If you’re a fan of this style you’ll find a lot of shops in the city that carry amazing pieces.
Helsinki Design District is a vibrant creative hub located right in the heart of the city. It brings together all types of creative people into one place and it’s a must if you’re ever in the city. It’s also the main stage for the events during the Helsinki Design Week. In this area, you’ll be able to find all sorts of independent stores, design studios, concept stores, art galleries, and lovely cafés and restaurants.
The architecture in the Finnish capital is truly one of a kind with an eclectic mix of styles and could not be left out of this Helsinki Design Guide. In this city, you’ll be able to find examples of architecture from several different times in history, from the Renaissance to Contemporary times. Some of the buildings you can’t miss are the Helsinki Music Centre, the National Museum, Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Upenski Cathedral (that has undoubtedly Russian influences).