With our friends at Artek and Vitra, I explored some of the best sights to see and visit to learn more about Finnish design and discover what makes it unique from other places in the world. 1. The Aalto House: It was surreal, to say
<a href="https://design-milk.com/discovering-finland-design-destination/alvar-aalto-house-10/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/alvar-aalto-house-10-810x664.jpg" alt="Discovering Finland as a Design Destination" /></a> Before traveling to Finland, I would have first thought of Denmark or Sweden first as a destination for design in the Nordic countries but a trip earlier this season changed my thinking. Finland is an incredible place to discover design of new and old (though you might have already known this from checking out our <a href="https://design-milk.com/design-milk-travels-helsinki/" data-wpel-link="internal">Helsinki travel guide</a>). This year is an extra special year for Finland as it marks the country’s 100 years of independence. The country secured its independence on December 7, 1917 and, since then, has flourished as a country of architectural, cultural and design significance.
Sitting down is great and all but the rhythmic flow of a rocking chair gently moving your body back and forth is the ultimate in relaxation. But when you think of rocking chairs, your mind might go back to your grandmother’s chair made of hard wood with a back that sits up straight. Luckily modern times have brought forth contemporary designs that are not only relaxing, they look great in just about any room. Take a look at 10 of our favorites. <a href="http://design-milk.com/10-modern-rocking-chairs-that-could-work-in-any-room/roundup-modern-rocking-chairs1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/03/Roundup-Modern-Rocking-Chairs1-810x570.jpg" alt="10 Modern Rocking Chairs That Could Work in Any Room" /></a> 1. <a href="https://joybird.com/rocking-chairs/soto-rocking-chair/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Soto Rocking Chair from Joybird</a> 2. <a href="https://www.normann-copenhagen.com/products/form-rocking-armchair-oak?v=602740" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Form Rocking Armchair by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen</a> 3. <a href="http://mattermatters.com/product.asp?id=2320" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">First Rocking Chair by Muller Van Severen</a> 4. <a href="https://www.2modern.com/products/mademoiselle-rocking-chair" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Mademoiselle Rocking Chair by Ilmari Tapiovara for Artek</a> 5. <a href="http://www.yliving.com/bernhardt-design-harper-rocking-chair.html" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Harper Rocking Chair by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for Bernhardt Design</a> 6. <a href="https://www.2modern.com/products/gt-rocker?variant=441377337" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">GT Rocker from Gus* Modern</a> 7. <a href="http://www.dwr.com/living-lounge-chairs/eames-molded-plastic-rocker-rar/850.html?lang=en_US#sz=45&start=76&lang=en_US" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Eames Molded Plastic Rocker (RAR) by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller</a> 8. <a href="https://hivemodern.com/pages/product7048/klara-rocking-chair-cane-back-patricia-urquiola-moroso" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Klara Rocking Chair with <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/design-milk/~4/u27dMMWUz-I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--> Back by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso</a> 9. <a href="https://www.allmodern.com/Kartell-Comeback-Rocking-Chair-KTL1780.html" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Comeback Rocking Chair by Kartell</a> 10. <a href="http://www.bludot.com/buttercup-rocker.html" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Buttercup Rocker by Blu Dot</a> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/design-milk/~4/u27dMMWUz-I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
After what feels like a never-ending summer of brutal temperatures and extreme weather, it finally feels like fall is sliding into our daily lives. That means warm sweaters and cozy fires that we can curl up in front of as we get ready for the next season. Fires don’t build themselves and they definitely don’t stay stoked on their own, so we’ve gathered 10 modern tools and accessories to make fall fires that much easier. <a href="http://design-milk.com/10-modern-fireplace-tools-accessories/roundup-fireplace-tools/"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/10/Roundup-Fireplace-Tools-600x375.jpg" alt="10 Modern Fireplace Tools & Accessories" /></a> 1. <a href="https://www.allmodern.com/ZACK-Prano-5-Piece-Fire-Tool-Set-50032-ZAC2087.html" >Prano 5 Piece Fire Tool Set by ZACK</a> 2. <a href="https://www.wayfair.com/Caleb-Fire-Screen-4405-ARN4992.html" >Caleb 1 Panel Fireplace Screen by ARTERIORS Home</a> 3. <a href="https://www.allmodern.com/Pilgrim-Hearth-5-Piece-Iron-Fireplace-Tool-Set-18038-18039-L181-K~PLGR1039.html" >Pilgrim Hearth 5 Piece Iron Fireplace Tool Set</a> 4. <a href="http://blomus.us/collections/fireplace-tools/products/stainless-steel-wood-rack-square?variant=4453376325" >CHIMO Stainless Steel Wood Rack – Square from Blomus</a> 5. <a href="http://ameico.com/collections/carl-mertens/products/carl-martens-long-lighter-14" >Carl Martens Long Lighter 14″</a> 6. <a href="http://www.cb2.com/chuck-log-holder/s188743" >Chuck Log Holder from CB2</a> 7. <a href="http://www.lumens.com/kanto-magazine/firewood-rack-by-artek-ATKP90565.html" >Kanto Firewood Rack by Pancho Nikander for Artek</a> 8. <a href="http://www.puremodern.com/collections/modern-contemporary-fireplaces-accessories/products/peter-maly-fireplace-screen" >Peter Maly Fireplace Screen</a> 9. <a href="http://store.luminaire.com/fire-tools" >Fire Tools by Arik Levy</a> 10. <a href="http://www.yliving.com/ameico-teras-4-tools-with-stand.html" >Teras 4 Tools with Stand <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/design-milk/~4/A7tml1ZaHrc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--> Sebastian David Buescher for Conmoto</a> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/design-milk/~4/A7tml1ZaHrc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
If you’re a lover of modern design, most likely you’re aware of just how expensive it can be, oftentimes leading us to save our money in hopes of one day owning a piece. Just because it comes from a renowned brand and designer doesn’t mean it’s always going to be unattainable. Luckily, there are still affordable iconic pieces out there that we can get our hands on while saving up for the bigger items. We scoped out Lumens to find 10 design icons under $500 and here are some of our favorites, which happen to be on sale right now! Ball Clock by George Nelson for Vitra \\ $395
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The Ball Clock has been around since 1947 and Vitra has been offering the authentic re-edition
Whether you need extra seating for guests or you just need a place to rest your feet, it seems we all have a need for stools. We took a look around to gather some of our favorite modern stools we’d love to sit on. <a href="http://design-milk.com/roundup-10-modern-stools/roundup-10-modern-stools/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/04/Roundup-10-Modern-Stools-600x600.jpg" alt="10 Modern Stools" /></a> 1. <a href="http://hivemodern.com/pages/product3330/artek-alvar-aalto-stool-60" >Alvar Aalto Stool 60 by Artek</a> 2. <a href="https://www.scandinaviandesigncenter.com/ProductDetails.aspx?Currency=usd0&InnerCatalog=Trademark&InnerCategory=unique+interieur&InnerProduct=16385&InnerName=Raft+stool&variantId=01?nosto=productpage-nosto-DOLRelated" >Raft Stool by NORM Architects for &Tradition</a> 3. <a href="http://www.yliving.com/moooi-corks.html" >Corks by Jasper Morrison for Moooi</a> 4. <a href="https://www.aplusrstore.com/product/1668/coiled-stool" >Coiled Stool by Harry Allen for Umbra Shift</a> 5. <a href="http://www.yliving.com/gus-pawn-stool.html" >Pawn Stool by Gus* Modern</a> 6. <a href="http://www.dwr.com/product/tractor-stool.do?sortby=ourPicks" >Tractor Stool by Craig Bassam for BassamFellows</a> 7. <a href="http://www.yliving.com/kartell-prince-aha-stools.html" >Prince Aha Stool by Philippe Starck for Kartell</a> 8. <a href="http://www.bludot.com/turn-stools.html" >Turn Stool by Blu Dot</a> 9. <a href="https://www.allmodern.com/Tom-Dixon-Offcut-Stool-OCS01-TDIX1111.html" >Offcut Stool by Tom Dixon</a> 10. <a href="http://www.lumens.com/vignelli-cube-by-heller-uu444171.html" >Vignelli Cube by Heller</a> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/design-milk/~4/G_pQcbKhOpc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/10/12/hella-jongerius-alvar-aalto-tea-trolley-update-artek/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2015/10/Alvar-Aalto-Tea-Trolley_Hella-Jongerius_Artek_dezeen_sq.jpg" /> </a> Dutch designer <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/hella-jongerius/">Hella Jongerius</a> has created new versions of Modernist <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/alvar-aalto/">Alvar Aalto</a>'s iconic 901 tea trolley for Finnish furniture brand <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/artek/">Artek</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/10/12/hella-jongerius-alvar-aalto-tea-trolley-update-artek/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/02/03/ronan-erwan-bouroullec-kaari-tables-shelving-bent-steel-wood-artek/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2015/02/Kaari-Collection-by-Ronan-and-Erwan-Bouroullec-and-Artek-Stockholm-2015_dezeen_468_2.jpg" /> </a> <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/events/2015/stockholm-2015/"><strong>Stockholm 2015:</strong></a> French design duo <a title="Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/ronan-erwan-bouroullec/">Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec</a> have made a bent steel component the basis of a collection of <a title="Tables archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/tables/">tables</a> and <a title="Shelving archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/shelving/">shelving</a> for Finnish brand <a title="Artek archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/Artek/">Artek</a>, launching at Stockholm Furniture Fair today. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/02/03/ronan-erwan-bouroullec-kaari-tables-shelving-bent-steel-wood-artek/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/01/23/artek-alvar-aalto-products-furniture-collection-maison-objet-2015/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2015/01/Artek-Aalto-furniture-homeware-Maison-Objet-2015_dezeen_sq.jpg" /> </a> <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/maison-objet-2015/"><strong>Maison&Objet 2015:</strong></a> Finnish brand <a title="Artek archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/Artek/">Artek</a> has delved into its archives to reintroduce wooden <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/furniture">furniture</a> and <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/homeware-tag">homeware</a> designs by its co-founder, Modernist architect <a title="Alvar Aalto archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/alvar-aalto/">Alvar Aalto</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/01/23/artek-alvar-aalto-products-furniture-collection-maison-objet-2015/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto Hella Jongerius Edition with seat painted black seat dark blue, legs birch
Doc Ryder Toy Car designed by Candylab Toys
Alvar Aalto: A Life’s Work book by Göran Schildt
Total retail value: $431 #2 Tray + Napkins + Vase
H55 Tray (large) in red/white $55
TWO H55 Cloth Napkins in red/white
iittala Alvar Aalto Collection Vase in white
Total retail value: $208 #3 Apron + Oven Mitts
H55 Apron in red/white –
TWO H55 Oven Mitts in red/white
Total retail value: $103 #4 Stool + Candle + Tea Towel
Stool 60 designed by Alvar Aalto Hella Jongerius Edition: Seat cream, legs black
Price: $300 Iittala Alvar Aalto Collection votive in clear – Sending link ASAP
Designed by Alvar Aalto
Price: TBD H55 tea towel in natural/white – http://artekstore.com/products/tea-towel-h55 – this link will be updated shortly.
Price: $35 Total retail value: $ #5 Poster + Book + Toy
Poster: Stool 60 – 80th Anniversary designed by Kustaa Saksi
Alvar Aalto Designer book by Pirkko Tuukkanen
Wooden Doll #12 designed by Alexander Girard
Total retail value: $439 Rules: To enter, fill out the entry form below. Upon entering, you agree that your email address can be added to the Artek mailing list and the Design Milk Daily Digest newsletter. You may opt out at any time. Open to those over 18 years old and residents of the United States. One entry per person. Contest runs from November 4, 2014 through November 10, 2014 at midnight Pacific Time. We will choose the winners at random and contact the winners directly via email. The winners have 5 business days to accept their prize otherwise we will contact a new winner. Photos by Federica Carlet.
<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/09/30/alvar-aalto-retrospective-exhibition-vitra-design-museum/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2014/09/second_nature_alvar_aalto_dezeen_SQ01.jpg" /> </a> The Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein is hosting a major retrospective exhibition of work by late Finnish Modernist architect and designer Alvar Aalto, a year after <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2013/09/06/vitra-acquires-artek/">Vitra's acquisition of Aalto's furniture company Artek</a> (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/09/30/alvar-aalto-retrospective-exhibition-vitra-design-museum/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>
<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/05/13/studioilse-arranges-vitra-and-artek-furniture-into-home-for-fictitious-couple/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2014/05/Studioilse-VitraHaus-loft-with-Vitra-and-Artek-furniture_dezeen_2sq.jpg" /> </a> The <a title="Lofts archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/lofts/">loft</a> space at the VitraHaus showroom in Weil am Rhein, <a title="Germany archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/germany/">Germany</a>, has been transformed into a fictitious home by London-based <a title="Ilse Crawford archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/ilse-crawford">Studioilse</a> using <a title="Furniture archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/furniture/">furniture</a> by <a title="Vitra archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/vitra/">Vitra</a> and <a title="Artek archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/artek/">Artek</a> (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/05/13/studioilse-arranges-vitra-and-artek-furniture-into-home-for-fictitious-couple/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>
<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/15/konstantin-grcic-presented-his-first-chair-for-artek-in-milan/"> <img src="http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2014/04/Artek-Rival-by-Konstantin-Grcic_dezeen_1.jpg" /> </a> <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/milan-2014/" ><strong>Milan 2014</strong></a>: industrial designer <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/konstantin-grcic/">Konstantin Grcic</a> has created a birch <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/chairs/">chair</a> with a circular seat and splayed legs, his first design for Finnish furniture company <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/artek/">Artek</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/15/konstantin-grcic-presented-his-first-chair-for-artek-in-milan/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>
It’s my third year in Stockholm for Design Week and the Furniture Fair and I couldn’t be happier to be back—it’s one of my favorite shows, always full of fresh new talent that you don’t see anywhere else. This year’s Guests of Honor are Italian / Danish design duo GamFratesi, who have created a lounge area entitled Get The Balance Right – watch this space for an interview with founders Stine Gam and Enrico Frastesi.
A new feature for this year’s show was Twelve—a curation by Disegno editor Johanna Agermann-Ross of twelve established Nordic designers—a step-on from Greenhouse, the SFF show for graduates and new designers. More on that to follow too.
Once into the main show, I loved the rich, yet typically understated Scandinavian color palette on Gubi’s stand. The Ronde Pendant is German designer Oliver Schick’s first product for Gubi— love its neat rotund form.
I am very happy to see that yellow is still very much on-trend. Aimed at cafes, restaurants and learning institutions, the upholstered birch Nami chair by Lepo Product head designer Kaarle Holmberg would fit just as well into a contemporary home.
I love the simple and timeless Side Table 606 reissued from the Artek archives and new in this finish for the fair. It was designed in 1932 by Aino Aalto, Alvar Aalto’s first wife and Managing Director of Artek from 1941-1949.
A thoroughly Norwegian product, the Konfetti blanket was designed by Norwegian designer duo Anderssen & Voll for Røros Tweed which has been weaving in Norway since 1940, using wool from Norwegian sheep.
Innovative wall-storage solutions were a definite trend at the fair, and my favorite was the Pocket Organizer from Normann Copenhagen, available in a range of colors and handy for everything from stationery to washing up brushes.
House plants are back and Swedish design brand A2 has them exploding out of bookcases and bursting out of side tables – bringing the outside in with a bang.
Another brand showcasing a richer Scandinavian palette was Menu, a Danish company founded in 1976. Their range of beautifully understated products had me utterly captivated.
More clever wall storage from Maze, a company born out of a fruitless search for a smart bed shelf in 2003. Designed by Olof Kolte, it’s equally at home in the bathroom, office, or hallway.
New Danish brand Made by Hand was showing elegant and simple copper lamps handmade in Denmark from an original 1951 design.