Last warm days

Silence – precisely what is coming first to the mind when do you spend here some period, and what’s associating with Finland as long as you’re abroad. Silence and tranquility, sometimes it’s so deep that you could even hear the noise of dropping snowflakes. This feeling of calmness and Peace spreads on every part of live here except the evenings from the pubs and Ice hockey matches.

You see the idea all over the place: from the general public transport, from the residential blocks and also railroad stations. Going the experience from the shuttle bus throughout the 2000 Ski Jumping Word Championship in Kuopio as soon as 2 Frenchmen rose to the coach and also initiated to converse : That had been any discomfort to listen to every single word of the chat during congested shuttle bus… Sure, it is possible to recognise any foreigner instantly by the amount of sound he’s generating.

Within Finland, people really like peace and quietness. You have the total concept of the idea whenever you really feel consequently uneasy as soon as somebody while using his car’s horn throughout the traffic: that you are instantly beginning to desperately watch around throughout concern in which somebody point his / her anger to you personally, as you does something inappropriate…

Silence is usually a source of inspiration for artists and also designers in Finland. When one gets the thinking behind silence as a way to obtain inspiration, he gets an essential of the appeal of Nordic design and he knows design drivers behind the a lot of the design artefacts. Lovely lines of Iittala’s tableware, clean patterns of Marimekko’s materials and clear minimalism regarding Fiskars tools. Which decent culture and also habit of peaceful atmosphere, say a DNA of silence is nature of quite a few items and home equipment designed in Finland. You feel it in design of doors, windows closures, you are feeling it in structure and vehicle design.

Silence is also clearly related with most beautiful time of the day: Sininen Hetki or a Blue Moment, it’s a period when sunlight is currently passed to the horizon, and also the last cool red reflections may be disappeared. This time is persistent method to obtain inspiration for a lot of art masterpieces such as paintings, tunes and visual art.


Knowledge of way of life connected with internal peace are really key factors of good results if you’re developing with regard to Finns. Inside text marketing communications phrases typed in all capital letters are seems like yelling and very uncomfortable to Finnish audience. In case somebody works by using the item throughout their email chats, Finns may feel that such person is angry.

With buildings projects one among most crucial facets are the noise-protecting constructions as well as solitude throughout located blocks as well as properties.

With car or truck style the degree of sound safety is frequently higher than throughout all of those other entire world.

Minimal noise level is a critical factor throughout marketing campaigns of equipment, many of Scandinavian producers such as Electrolux and OBH Nordica paying extra attention of silence of these products.

Silence can be applied to visual designs too, the smart using colour harmony, non-disruptive colour palettes and also clutter free layouts will certainly increase the value of visuals.

I believe that this knowledge may help you understand the characteristics and essentials regarding Nordic mentality, and finally will assist you to create beautiful design.


Why the World Loves all things Scandinavian

With Swedish food sales to the UK increasing by approaching a third over the last five years, and Norway and Denmark also reporting an increase in exports intended for Britain, not to mention the unstoppable rise of Scandinavian detective fiction, in TV, film and book form, from Wallander to The Killing, it’s starting to feel the world has an unquenchable thirst for all things Nordic.

IKEA expansion

But it’s furniture and furniture design that remain Scandinavia’s best-loved exports across the world. Swedish firm IKEA, for example, is on the search for new markets, with India in its sights. The firm expects to retain its Nordic form on products sold in the sub-continent – characterised by functional, stripped design.

At the same time, the world’s largest furniture retailer, now approaching its eighth decade of operation, is also planning on allowing customers to add their own touches to products before they buy them – whether that involves making adjustments to an item like a sofa or creating fabric patterns online using IKEA’s website. (Although items will continue to be mass-produced.)

The 25 stores planned for India follow record sales last year of 27bn Euros. IKEA already sources many of its textiles here. However the company has stressed that it will stick to its traditional designs and what it does best – with no big changes planned for the range it will sell there.

The enduring popularity of Scandinavian furniture

But where did it all begin – and why are Nordic furnishings so enduringly popular?

Following mass-production in the wake of the Second World War, Scandinavian furniture became popular in the first half of the twentieth century, when it began to be exported overseas.

With abundant local forests meaning wood, particularly pine, was a cheaply and readily available natural resource, specialist furniture manufacturers quickly perfected their craft.

Over time, many furniture firms in the region have developed an impeccable reputation for making furniture of an extremely high quality, handcrafted from solid and incredibly strong and long-lasting.

In particular, manufacturers tend to focus on creating a luxurious finish, making the furniture smooth and elegant.

Beware cheap imitations

Given the massive popularity of furnishings from Scandinavia, many of the products have been copied cheaply and rather poorly. However, by continuing to fashion furniture to the same high standard as always, Nordic firms have retained their standing as sought-after producers of solid wood furnishings.

Nordic furnishings: the facts

  • Most furnishings from this part of the world come from Norway, Sweden and Denmark, although Iceland and Finland can also be included in this category Initially, the items were made as a reaction against the furnishings being poduced in the 19th century that were mostly used for artistic, decorative purposes
  • The trademark style of Nordic furniture is its simple, minimalist style and its functional rather than decorative appeal. In most Scandinavian homes, there are few items of furniture, and those which are there have a practical use.

Protecting your Scandinavian furniture

Given its affordability as well as its simplicity, Scandinavian items shouldn’t cost a fortune to insure. It’s also so well made that you are unlikely to need to claim for it breaking. Equally, if you are unlucky enough to be burgled, it’s unlikely that furnishings would be among the items to be taken.

You do need to be sure you are covered, though. You only need to add up the cost of replacing everything in your home to see why adequate home contents insurance is so important.

Unfortunately, most of the circumstances that could involve making a claim, such as fire, flood and storm damage, would be stressful enough without also taking a heavy financial toll.

Rising premiums

And, late last year, it was reported that, while the average cost of car insurance has been falling, home insurance rose over the third quarter of 2012, with combined contents and buildings policy rising by an average of 1%.

The rise has been blamed on last summer’s flooding, which the Association of British insurers says cost around £400m in claims

When it comes to insurance, there are plenty of options from providers like Quotezone home insurance, who among others provide quotes for cover for your buildings and contents. You need home contents insurance whether you rent or own your home to protect your assets and cover the expense of replacing your things if they are damaged or stolen. (These costs are easily underestimated.) Equally, with things like fire or flooding, it’s easy to think it won’t happen to you. And, probably, they won’t – but such events are more common than you may have realised.  

When it comes to renewing your insurance, your existing provider may not necessarily still provide the best deal, so, again, it’s worth shopping around. 


Sous les Cerisiers


Sous les Cerisiers

Restaurant & atelier
12 rue Stanislas, 75006 Paris

The latest restaurant design by Ralston & Bau is an intimate space in Paris that is dedicated to a balanced fusion of Japanese and French gastronomy. “Sous les Cerisiers” (under the cherry trees) is an invitation to taste the delicious cooking of Sakura.
Both cultures have influenced the theatrical interior concept. The classic opera and geisha cultures from France and Japan can be seen in the scenographic layers, costumes and shadows cast throughout the interior. A contrast of dark and light spaces divides the room: the bright area with the bar as a center point is used for cooking courses during the daytime, and the dark part, following a perspective angle, including a VIP space to enjoy a gastronomic menu at night.
Moveable and translucent walls separate the seating areas for privacy.


The theatrical influence from the interior design is continued in the development of the visual identity of the “Sous les Cerisiers” restaurant. A traditional textile costume clasp with soft, natural curves was the inspiration for the logo. The menu cards soft golden paper follows up the costume idea: through pre-punched holes a delicate ribbon bound the changeable menu sheets inside. Each menu uses a different style of classical theatre costume ribbon.


W* House / Wallpaper

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“About The W* House

We thought it only fair to throw open the doors to The W* House and
share with you our wealth of experience in the design world.

From cutlery to cupboards, pots to plumbing, The W* House features our
favourite pieces of design from around the globe, room by room. We’ll
update them every time we find something new we like, building the
collection into an archive for as long as the pieces are for sale.

Practicality isn’t often a buzzword at the Wallpaper* HQ, but when it
comes to sharing our finds we wanted to keep things simple, letting you
furnish your house the Wallpaper* way, with the click of a mouse.”

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Transplant is a design and business centre which allows you to go from idea to final concept without wasting time.
A creative plateform with room for exhibitions, seminars and meetings, a place for small and grand occasions alike.
Our tools for design and product development – the material library and the prototype workshop – are unique resources at your disposal.


The building, which is designed by architect Attila Eris (known for example for his
work with Paul Klee Zentrum, Bern, on appointment by Renzo Piano), covers 600 m2 and is situated at the banks
of the intimate and beautiful Dalsfjorden. Transplant is an invitation to meet, discover, think, sense and be surprised.

Concept / interior design / facade design / visual identity: Ralston & Bau ([](
Architect: Attila Eris

Public opening: June 2007
Creative opening: September 2007

The Cycle of Mutation – Transcreative program 2007 – 2009
Transplant is a platform where design, art, music and new materials work in unison. Here is room for the freedom of
thought, experimentation and adventures involving all human senses in an unique surrounding.

Emergence 28.09.07 > 15.02.08
Growth 29.02.08 > 31.07.08
Maturation sept 08 > jan 09
Disappearance feb 09 – jul 09

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Mr Di – Black


Exlusive tablelamp in black glossy lacquer and
Black/gold lampshade.
Lampfot is made in baroque style, the lamp gives a very worm soft light.

Mr Di is the large table lamp, and then you can also buy Mrs Di that is the smaller version.

Designer: Markus Hällstrand & Michael Carlsson
Brand: Eli Gnosjö

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H&M + Marimekko


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H&M decided to dig into the vibrant Marimekko archives and bring back the bold retro prints for their Tribute to Marimekko collection, in stores April 10. Swimsuits, dresses, scarves, tops, and bottoms will all be available in vivid color combos like red and pink, olive and orange, and red and turquoise.

Selected parts of the collection will also be sold at 10 Corso Como Milan and 10 Corso Como Seoul, and at Dover Street Market in London.

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Double Exposure

doubleexposure.jpgWe have wrote about talented photographer Uzi Varon in our blog. His Double Exposure project was shown in Helsinki last January and is booked to Tampere for next fall and then to Helsinki again on March 2007.

Thanks to Uzi, he published today the project on his website, and we now able to enjoy it online.

The project contain 27 images made from two photographs taken in Israel and Finland. Compared together these pictures giving amazing and sometimes really moving effect. The music by Jason Carter adding dramatic effect to the show. Worth to take some time for looking.


Reykjavik on GOING TO of NYTimes

I noticed one interesting article about Reykjavik in GOING TO section of New York Times:

12going.1.jpgWHY GO NOW In 2006 the United States population will reach 300 million, and Iceland’s will hit 300,000. In national pride, the two countries will remain about equal, which goes a long way toward explaining why Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, refuses to feel like a small town. About two-thirds of Icelanders live in the city and its suburbs, and if the concentration of museums and galleries, bookstores, excellent restaurants and lively night spots per capita isn’t the highest in any city in the world, it has to be close.

Read the rest of article on New York Times site:

Image: Aaron Meshon