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100 years independence

Finland was continually occupied over centuries by Sweden or Russia. On December 6th, 1917, Finland finally became independent. The Republic was founded 1919 after a civil war.

Crafts as Identity

The young state supported the arts and crafts in order to emphasize the independence of Finland and develop a Finnish identity. The first results were shown internationally by the legendary Finnish architect and founder of the myth "Scandinavian design" Alvar Aalto. He build not only architectural significant buildings, he also designed furniture, lamps and home textiles. World famous and the most important design icon of Scandinavia is the Aalto Vase named after him, at times also called Savoy Vase. The Aalto stool is one of the most copied pieces of furniture in the world. 

Göran Hongell (1902-1973) was the first notable freelance designer worldwide. Its drinking glass line Aarne has been continuously produced by Iittala since 1948.

100 years Finland – 100 years finish design culture

In the 1950s, many talents then entered the design stage. All were graduates of the University of Art and Design with Arttu Brummer as artistic director. In the scene there are known names like

•    Kaj Franck (Kilta or rather Iittala Teema)

•    Maija Isola (Marimekko Unikko)

•    Timo Sarpaneva (Iittala Festivo)

•    Tapio Wirkkala (Iittala Tapio)

•    Annika Rimala (Marimekko Tasaraita)

•    Oiva Toikka (Iittala Kastehelmi)

With the work of these well-known designers, Finland became the pacesetter for the reputation of Scandinavian design and brands like Arabia, Iittala and Marimekko got world famous.

This year, the nation celebrates its 100 years of independence. Therefore the well-known Finnish labels offer limited special collections. The themes of the collections are the design history (Arabia) and the Finland blue at Iittala, Marimekko and Lapuan Kankurit.

 
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