Design Museum

Finland had a major influence on international design in the 20th century – a fact celebrated by Helsinki's 'Designmuseo' in 35,000 objects, 40,000 drawings and 100,000 images. The collection was in fact founded back in 1873 as study-aid for an arts-and-crafts school; its current building was built in 1894, but the museum has only been here since 1978.

Exhibits include a fascinating array of chairs, lamps, glassware, cutlery and many other facets of commercial design, with special prominence given to leading Finnish figures in the field, such as Kaj Franck (1911–89), Timo Sarpaneva (born 1926), and Finland's most celebrated 20th-century architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898–1976); he and his wife Aino (1894–1949) were co-founders of the famous glassware and furniture manufacturers Artek.

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