The busy Christmas season began this weekend in our Helsinki workshop. We created a series of decorations for party and corporate events as well as decorating our workshop windows with seasonal lights, berries and candles. One of the events was held in the famous Helsinki restaurant Kappeli. Trading since 1867 this is an amazing, glamerous venue for a family lunch, high tea or a romantic supper; or in our case several glasses of gluggi wine to keep out the winter chill.
We took some time out to visit the newly opened Music Centre, www.musiikkitalo.fi an incredible modern space that hosts classical concerts, works of art and a contemporary eatery. In the front communal area a large metallic sculpture, hoisted above the walkways, shimmers in the airy space. The concert hall, set into the basement level, is clearly visible from the surrounding glass panels. A pristine concept but with soft tones that you wouldn’t normally associate with such a contemporary space.
The following day we experienced the more classic atmosphere of the Ateneum www.ateneum.fi As lovers of art of the 1920′s-1930′s we fell in love with the work of Rudolf Koivun and Lennart Helke a contemporary artist who captures the spirit of much earlier work. Their images of gnomes who have sympathetic relationships with the landscape and fauna are quite magical.
Before returning to London we also found time to visit the Arabia factory outlet that also sells Iittala products. It’s a great way of viewing a wide selection of vintage and contemporary glassware along with the famous Muumi branded toys, fabrics and tableware.