Designing Finland: 100 Years of Finnish Design

Artek furniture

Written to mark the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence, this feature for Icon celebrated the golden age of Finnish design – Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck, Tapio Wirkkala, Timo Sarpaneva and so on – but tried to push on into the 1970s and beyond, digging a little deeper into how this explosion of talent came about, and stripping away a few myths. It probably tried to do too much, but it got strong feedback.


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