IIT­TALA AND ARA­BIA DE­SIGN CEN­TRE HELSINKI

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This unique venue brings to­gether clas­sic and limited-edi­tion pieces by two of Fin­land’s most cel­e­brated de­sign brands: Iit­tala and Ara­bia. Housed in the for­mer fac­tory where Ara­bia’s prod­ucts were once made, it’s part mu­seum, part shop, so you can learn about the his­tory of glass and ce­ram­ics (don’t miss iconic works by de­sign legends Ta­pio Wirkkala and Kaj Franck) be­fore head­ing to the sec­ond floor to spend some money. Top buys in­clude Alvar Aalto vases, jewel-hued Kaste­helmi tum­blers and Iit­tala mugs, with sur­re­al­ist il­lus­tra­tions by the likes of Ugo Gat­toni and Mer­ijn Hos. de­sign­cen­tre­helsinki.com

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