12.6.2012 – 1.9.2013
Made in Helsinki 1700–2012
The City Museum’s main exhibition to mark Helsinki’s two centuries as Finland’s capital showcases products made in Helsinki, and their makers, from the 18th century until present day. Helsinki’s master craftsmen created sofa suites, mirrors and silver objects for the city’s affluent classes. In the late 19th century, mass production meant that life’s little luxuries and comforts were now accessible to the working classes as well.
With manufacturing came design. The first steps towards a new culture were taken in the 1930s when the Hetekka wrought iron bed established its reputation as one of the most recognisable design item in Helsinki.
When Finnish design catapulted on to the world scene, Helsinki assumed its role as the country’s style capital. Arabia and Marimekko continued to raise the city’s profile internationally and Finland’s new profile was marked by high-quality design, which even extended as far as flight attendant uniforms.
Helsinki City Museum, Hakasalmi Villa
Open 12 June 2012–1 September 2013, Wed-Sun 11:00-17:00, Thu 11:00-19:00.