Category Archives: Finland

KAYIWA proves that granite has always been “in”

Move over marble – here comes something more contemporary. While for centuries marble has been the medium of classical sculptors, even an enduring and timeless art form like sculpture can use an update. KAYIWA brings sculptural design into a new era with its latest granite collection.

These art-meets-function creations, with a minimalist, modern-design sensibility, are intended to last for years of use and enjoyment. Each item is a numbered limited edition piece, which means that every single one is a completely unique work of art.

Granite is one of the most durable, naturally occurring stones. While mainly used in architecture and art, it is ideal for surfaces that see a great deal of use, such as counter tops. In creating these avant-garde objects for living that experiment with form and aesthetic, Lincoln Kayiwa combines traditional handcraft with mechanization to create a line of timeless products – from mortar and pestle to furniture – exclusively out of a selection of rare Finnish granite types, such as Amadeus, Brown Hill, Moss Granite and Lappia Green. The collection pays tribute to the Finnish centenary, as granite is the national stone.

Though granite is weighty, a key feature throughout the collection makes the pieces easy to move. Honed finger grooves are placed strategically to allow the user to grip objects and lift them off surfaces.

The silhouettes throughout the granite collection are a play on geometry, proportion and precision, with contrasts of various shades and types of polished and honed granite. They include the following:

The SM Mortar and Pestle is a must-have essential for foodies and kitchen adventurists. This totem pole-shaped pentaptych is not only great for grinding spices or making guacamole, pesto and more, but it’s also a nutcracker. Though this multi-faceted tool may allude to S&M, it’s only by coincidence. It’s named after the designer’s partner, whose family and close friends address her as SM.

SM+ Citrus Reamer is a highly functional objet d’art. The reaming end stays elevated off the surface where it stands to keep germs and mess at bay.

The Barbara I & II Candleholders are each an artistic work in progress, with accumulating wax drippings lending an icing effect. Just like cake, they crumble. They may chip along the edges over time in a natural process that contributes to their beauty but does not diminish their usefulness. They can be used as a whole or by the slice.

Used individually or in groups, the multifunctional Dico Catchall is an elegant receptacle for walking sticks, umbrellas, candles, pens and more.

Using this Betty Rolling Pin, the user need not exert as much pressure to achieve results. The weight and smooth stone surface make flattening dough as easy as pie.

Osmo and Edouard Flower Pots come in oval or cylindrical shapes (respectively) to set off your bonsai, cacti or other distinguished greenery.

The concept behind the Hamara Platter and Ittoli Bowl was the fascinating idea of a heavy object that hovers in air. Curved on both sides, the contact-lens-shaped platter and half-sphere-shaped bowl have no flat bottoms. The contrast between the dense granite and these expressive light shapes give the platter and bowl a weightless look, as if they are floating. These versatile vessels suit many purposes – as everyday receptacles or as table centerpieces – all of which display the inherent beauty in the natural grain of the granite.

The Nzela Coffee Table, an ingenious flat-pack construction of three snap-fit elements, uses only gravity to stay together; therefore, it does not require any tools, fixtures or fittings for assembly. Simple, yet sturdy enough for daily use, this series of coffee tables is a practical and beautiful addition to any living space.

The Eemeli Board Set is a combination of reversible trivet, cutting board and serving board – each with its granite type and unique, natural grain. Its high-strength surface construction is food-safe, limits knife marks, and easy to clean. Last but not least, it showcases each type of granite in the quadriptych beautifully.

Helsinki Applies Smart & Clean Solutions to Develop Islands for Eco-tourism

Helsinki, Finland – Two previously closed islands off the Helsinki city center shoreline opened to the public in May 2016, vacated from earlier use by the Finnish Defense Forces. Located 2.5 miles – 15 minutes by waterbus ­– from Helsinki Market Square in the South Harbor, the twin fortress islands of Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari provide high potential for recreation and tourism, featuring unique nature and deep layers of Finnish cultural history.   The islands’ governing body, Finnish wildlife administration Metsähallitus, and the City of Helsinki seek…

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Hemtex and Marimekko plagiarism, some thoughts.

Recently the Finnish design House Marimekko faced number of plagiarism claims, some of them seem obvious and some of them less. This series of accusations provoked a harsh discussions across the globe. As a result, the image of Marimekko was clearly damaged, thus I assume, it will be visible in their sales figures. While reading the comments of the news articles, I saw some of the folks come up with feeling that somebody wants to fire down Marimekko as a business. The frequency of appearance…

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F-Secure Lokki – a nice app that make your life easier.

F-Secure’s brand new cell iphone app is a simply and secure method to show the particular locations exactly where all your family members are located. F-Secure says about the Lokki: “We know that nobody wants to be tracked, so we created Lokki around people and places, instead of focusing on tracking your family members on a map.” Lokki is a free application and it’s available on all biggest mobile platforms. Link:

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Wonderwater Frozen Lights

Wonderwater Frozen Lights will be a dramatic installation of ice lanterns in Helsinki’s Senate Square to celebrate the Open Doors Weekend of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. The display will help raise awareness of the water footprint. Two massive ice blocks from Lapland each represent the water footprint of 3 873 litres used daily per person in Finland, while 150 litre ice lanterns represent the domestic use per person in Finland. Illuminating the darkest season of the year, Wonderwater has invited designers and architects…

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Plan for Guggenheim Helsinki moves forward

City of Helsinki receives the concept and development study for a potential Guggenheim museum in Helsinki. Report proposes location, purpose, financing and governance of a museum and recommends moving forward with an architectural competition. Helsinki, Finland – A new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki would make a distinct contribution to Finland’s cultural landscape, according to the concept and development study that representatives of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation delivered officially on Tuesday morning, January 10, to Mayor Jussi Pajunen. The study was commissioned by the City…

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A dent in the road.

Every time when I driving home i forgetting to bypass around the dent in the road in front of Nokia Headquarters in Keilaniemi. Each time I say for myself: don’t forget to come round it at the next time, idiot! And it happens again. I am get to use that roads are good here and no need to drive around small and big obstacles, dents and bumps on the roads. And this small dent exists here only to remind me that things can be different.

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NZELA is a sturdy modular table set made of grade A birch plywood. Plywood is used instead of plain solid wood because of its better resistance to the effects caused by humidity. The no-tool setup takes a mere 3 minutes per table and you may seamlessly conjoin – in whichever direction – as many tables. Storage is also easy – simply disassemble and place the table parts in a neat pile. NZELA may not only be used for dining but also as a conference table,…

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Timo Soini become a subject of cartoon

Parliamentary elections and the rising of right-wing True Finns (Perussuomalaiset) in popularity polls has put vandals into the action. Based in Helsinki, the Finnish electoral office window last night been vandalized. On a window has been elected a burlesque cartoon depicting a head of Perussuomalaiset Timo Soini Soini head was connected to naked cartoon pig’s body. Next to apparently computer drawing was written: Roh, röh. Also, the election window was scratched. True Finns have made a case of a complaint, “says the Helsinki District board…

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