Finnish interior design characteristics

Finnish interior design you can simply describe in 3 words: simplicity, innovation and functionalism. Tough climate, unique nature and limited sunlight, inspired designers to create solutions, that would meet the everyday life challenges.

Design for people…

Referring to my last article: “The truth about Scandinavian design”, I still have a feeling, that we don’t really understand this style. This time I would like to turn into Finland. The moment is perfect because 2017 is a unique date – Finns celebrating the centenary of their independence. Observing Finnish design  is not difficult to notice its social dimension. There are some rules in Finnish designers work, the main one is about promoting equality. Items should be designed well enough to make them desirable for the richest, but their price should be affordable for everyone. Durability and functionality – is the must have when it comes to Finnish design.

Finnish design


The most associated with Finnish design, appreciated for timelessness and innovation, won the hearts of design lovers around the world. Kilty – classic tableware designed by Kaj Franck in 1948 for Arabia company. In post-war Finland there was a shortage of inexpensive and mass-market goods. That’s why this tableware was designed that way, when every item fit to each other. Individual elements can be assembled in any way by creating sets for smaller or larger households. The characteristic feature of this ceramics is the monochromatic color: white, black, yellow, green or blue. Today, Kilta’s tableware is still selling as Teema and produced by Iittala. All Kilta’s individual elements are always the most desirable gift, regardless of age. Another famous project is the Ball Chair, a ball-shaped chair designed by Eero Aarnio. Although it was created in 1966, it is still one of the most futuristic and fashionable furniture. According to the philosophy of design, while sitting in this chair, we are able to cut off all the hustle and bustle from the outside. The Pirkkola in Helsinki, with its famous wooden houses is undoubtedly another most known place. Those houses are famous for their easy construction – simple design and wood of course. Finally, Marimekko literally translated as “dress for Maria” – this brand that was created in the 50s in Finland. We have a clear influence of folk art , 20th-century art and pop-art here.

Finnish design

House for Finns…

is the biggest value. Is the place where they spend most of their time. Considering the tough climate, we can’t be surprised with this fact. The climate determines the style of life here. Simplicity of interior design, makes the Finnish house modern and functional. The Finns know how to appreciate their national treasures, such as wood or cotton. Finnish design is generally associated with nature. Flowers and animal ornament is the most popular design motif. The Finnish house is amazingly close to the environment – like its fitting part. Inside we can find wooden furniture, usually made of Scandinavian birch – because of its durability. The main role of interior design is here is providing good energy and idyllic atmosphere. Design is an indispensable element of Finn’s everyday life.

Finnish design

Finnish design

Finnish design

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Finnish design Finnish design Finnish designFiński design staje się dla nas coraz bardziej dostępny. Przykładem jest KODEMii, szczególne miejsce w sieci z wyjątkowymi przedmiotami. Więcej o KODEMii dowiecie się kolejnym artykule. Bądźcie czujni;)

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