Finland on my mind…

I ran into krista keltanen, a great photographer and blogger from Finland in one of those days I woke up missing far away lands that I visited and can’t wait to go back. I love her photography, it is full of honesty and character. As always nordic spaces make my heart smile and my eyes dance. This is just a taste of Krista portfolio. Enjoy!

Krista keltanen photoI am in love with the mobile in this room, it might be a lamp shade but as a mobile would be just as perfect.

Krista keltanen photo3Black and white and a stripe of pink, why not? It looks so incredibly alive to me.

Krista keltanen photo4Love this photo with the detail of pink shoes, so romantic, I love it.

Krista keltanen photo5I always thought of writing something on top of my headboard, the problem is what, I can see myself changing my mind all the time, falling in love with new quotes every day. Maybe a chalkboard as a headboard would be a better choice for my room. Actually I think that’s a brilliant idea! :)

Krista keltanen photo1Oh this white rooms uplifts my spirit, just looking at it makes me happy.

Photos via: krista keltanen


Bar & CO. Restaurant, Finland

An incredible example of nordic design, architecture and decor. Bar & CO Restaurant was designed by Joanna Laajisto an interior architect that lived and studied in the West Coast of the US and decided to go back home in Finland to work. Her works are a mixed of relax spaces and elegance. She used common vintage objects like copper cake molds and transformed them into tea lights holders, that creativity is what makes a big difference in a space. And for sure this space is different and inviting, I can’t wait to be back in lovely Finland and have an aperitif here.

Bar Co by Joanna Laajisto Helsinki 1

That is my favorite bookcase display so far! I have to have that one made in my home.

Bar Co by Joanna Laajisto Helsinki 2

Copper cake molds turned into tea light holders, just perfect.

Bar Co by Joanna Laajisto Helsinki 3

Bar Co by Joanna Laajisto Helsinki 4

Awesome light fixture from Constance Guisset a french touch that enhances the space.

Bar Co by Joanna Laajisto Helsinki 5

Bar Co by Joanna Laajisto Helsinki 6

The used of a french classic like chair “No. 14″ or chair “Thonet” gives a touch of cosmopolitan hang out in downtown Helsinki.

Photos via: Joanna Laajisto

Kauko Cafe

This year Helsinki has been nominated the World Capital of Design. It is an initiative of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, which every second year recognizes on global city for its accomplishments in utilizing design as a tool to improve social, cultural and economic life. The previous World Capital of Design have been Turin, Italy in 2008 and Seoul in South Korea 2010. Cape Town, South Africa was chosen as World Capital of Design for 2014.

To commemorate the occasion and create awareness on how design affects our lives everyday Kauko the remotely control Cafe was created and placed in various locations around the city of Helsinki. I really enjoyed this video that shows how good or bad design can really affect our lives and how indeed WE ARE designers of our own surroundings. Congratulations to Finland, a great emerging country of good design and creativity, can’t wait to be back soon.

Video via: wdc Helsinski

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