Category Archives: DESIGN

Piispala, Tampere and Porvoo – travels in Finland

Am (almost) final installment about my travels around Finland.  After my time in Helsinki and at Haihatus art residency featured earlier on Kuriosas, I spent the last part of my trip in Tampere, Finland’s second largest city around 100 miles … Continue reading

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Alvar Aalto Muuratsalo Experimental House, Finland

On a mission to find the Perala museum full of Finnish product design in my recent post, I accidentally but happily stumbled upon the 1952 ‘summer cottage’ of seminal Finnish architect Alvar Aalto called the Experimental House, on the sleepy island … Continue reading

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Vintage Finnish book illustration – Outi Markkanen

During my time in Finland, scouring charity shops or ‘kirpiis’ I was hoping to find some odd publications to blog about so was thrilled to come across this beautiful children’s book ‘Kurnau ja Kamaluu.’  Typing that into a translation tool … Continue reading

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Finnish Vintage Product Design Museum – Perälä | Interview with Marjukka Perälä

After over two weeks cooped up at our creative hideout in rural Finland we were itching for a daytrip before we headed back to Helsinki. The one feasible daytrip, beyond the miles of forest and lakes that engulfed us, was the … Continue reading

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Helsinki & Kauniste design shop

  A few snapshots from Helsinki here, which I sailed into from Tallinn.  I was given a ‘traditional’ Estonian send off which meant I was rolled onto the ferry at 7am, after no sleep and surrounded by a curious scent of … Continue reading

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Estonian Abstract Art

“Windmill” Kuno Veeber, 1918 Another post here about my travels in Estonia, following on from my earlier interview in Tallinn with Estonian painter Jüri Arrak.  Lots of my images were stuck on a defunct hard drive until now so now … Continue reading

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1970’s Cook Book – Lots of Fun to Cook

I found this wee artifact of 1970’s insanity in a junk shop in Victoria Park, Hackney in London, many moons ago now.  It reminded me of a similarly nutty retro cookbook I actually had as a kid, with all sorts … Continue reading

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