In the middle of Design District Helsinki you can find this Design gem called Lokal. They call themselves a "concept store and home to Finnish art, design and craft". Lokal is a mix of an art gallery, design shop and coffee corner, run by photographer Katja Hagelstam. She opened Lokal in 2012 to showcase the works of Finnish artists and designers, both upcoming young designers as well as more established artists. I loved it! And surprisingly: not a single plant in the entire space 😉
72 Art – 28% Coffee – 100% Finnish!
These handmade porcelain coffee and espresso cups were designed especially for Lokal by Nathalie Lahdenmäki:
The selection of art and products at Lokal is really nice and helped me to better understand the difference between Scandinavian Design and Finnish Design. All products and art pieces are purely Finnish, often handmade, with a strong focus on craftsmanship, or produced in small series.
Coffee, cake, cookies and chocolate are available in the back of the shop. The coffee is roasted by Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo.
This mint/green piece by Raija Malka was my very favorite. It's a big trapezium shape in one (very specific) color. Actually it forms a pair with the painting on the photo above, featuring the same trapezium shape that glows mint on the wall.
Lokal Helsinki /// Annankatu 9 /// 00120 Helsinki
Open tue-fri 11-18, sat 11-16, sun 12-16