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Find your favourite piece of Finnish design at Helsinki Airport – 10 top brands from Marimekko to Moomins

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15.2.2020 at 12:38
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Are you looking for high-quality items to sweeten your everyday life, or something distinctively Finnish to give away as a gift? This list will help you find your Finnish design favourites at the airport.

Helsinki Airport offers a piece of Finland to passengers passing through it. Finland and Finnish culture can be seen and felt at the airport in many ways. For example, restaurants and cafes offer dishes featuring Finnish flavours and Finnish art and design chairs can be found all around the airport. You can also buy Finnish design items in its shops. Whether you’d like to bring back home your favourite piece or find something to give away as a gift, with this list you’ll get to discover the Finnish design brands sold at Helsinki Airport.

Marimekko

Marimekko is one of the top brands in Finnish fashion and a timeless favourite. Famous for its iconic prints and patterns, Marimekko has been a wardrobe staple for bold dressers for over 60 years. Marimekko’s poppy print Unikko is a much-loved classic, which has been rediscovered by a new generation of fashionistas in recent years. The shop at the airport sells the brand’s classics as well as clothing and accessories from the newest collection. Moreover, coffee cups and other small items from the home collection make practical gifts.

Marimekko – Gate 27, Schengen area, and gate 40, non-Schengen area. Shopping opportunities for those travelling to destinations in Finland and abroad as well as arriving passengers

Iittala

Visit the Iittala Store to discover a selection of beautiful yet durable glassware and ceramics that will stand the test of time. Iittala sells functional dining ware and other items for the home as well as handcrafted art glass. At the Iittala Store, you’ll find some modern design essentials such as the Aalto vases designed by Alvar Aalto, the Birds by Toikka decorative birds by Oiva Toikka and Tapio Wirkkala’s Ultima Thule range, which was inspired by the northern winter and ice. The Taika dining range by Klaus Haapaniemi represents Finnish design of the 21st century. Moomin tableware products are also available.

Iittala Store – Gate 28, Schengen area, and gate 40, non-Schengen area. Shopping opportunities for those travelling to destinations in Finland and abroad as well as arriving passengers

Moomin products

Moomins are a family of friendly fairy tale characters in writer and illustrator Tove Jansson’s storybooks. Jansson, who is the most widely read Finnish author abroad, created the beloved Moomins more than 70 years ago. The Moomin Shop at Helsinki Airport offers one of the broadest ranges of Moomin products in Finland. The shop’s selection consists of more than 1,000 different items, such as mugs and other tableware by the Finnish brand Arabia, games, movies, clothes and accessories as well as toys and key fobs. The Moomin Shop also sells Tove Jansson’s Moomin storybooks in many different languages. Moreover, Moomin products can be found in the two Finnspiration souvenir shops at Helsinki Airport. Iittala also sells Moomin tableware.

Moomin Shop – Gate 26, Schengen area, and gate 40, non-Schengen area

Finnspiration – Gate 26, Schengen area, and gate 40, non-Schengen area

Helsinki Duty Free – Gate 22, Schengen area, gate 40, non-Schengen area, and next to the passport control in the long-haul area. Helsinki Duty Free Lounge Shop at gate 52, non-Schengen area

FineFood – Gate 19 and gate 29, Schengen area, and gate area 37-39, non-Schengen area. Shopping opportunities for those travelling to destinations in Finland and abroad as well as arriving passengers

Kalevala, Lapponia and Suunto

Handmade jewellery and premium sports watches can be found under one roof at Helsinki Airport. The Kalevala, Suunto, Lapponia store focuses on the three Finnish brands listed in the boutique’s name. Kalevala Jewelry is all about Finnish craftsmanship and sustainability: all the brand’s products are made in Finland with respect for the environment, using durable, ethically and sustainably sourced materials. Like Kalevala Jewelry products, Lapponia pieces are made in Helsinki. Suunto sports watches, on the other hand, are designed for adventurers around the world. At the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches for more than 80 years, Suunto watches communicate with your smart devices and help you keep in good shape. Most Suunto products are made in Finland.

At Helsinki Airport, Kalevala and Lapponia jewellery are also sold at Lindroos. Lindroos has two shops at the airport, one of which is in the Schengen area.

Kalevala, Suunto, Lapponia store – Gate 40, non-Schengen area

Lindroos – Gate 27, Schengen area, and gate area 37-39, non-Schengen area

Aarikka and Polar

Another rather unlikely couple of Finnish design brands are Aarikka, a Finnish jewellery brand known for its round wooden items, and Polar, a trailblazer in wearable digital technology that makes fitness trackers, sports watches and heart rate monitors. Aarikka and Polar are classics of Finnish design, and they can be found in the same shops at Helsinki Airport. Established in the 1950s, Aarikka is a distinctively Finnish brand thanks to its crisp style and the use of wood as a material. Cosiness and joy are characteristic elements in Aarikka’s design. Polar products are a combination of expertise in sports, physiology and electronics, coupled with a deep understanding of user needs. Hailing from Kempele in northern Finland, the company is a pioneer in wireless heart rate monitoring.

Collection – Gate area 37-39, non-Schengen area

Timebox – Gate 29, Schengen area

Makia and Luhta

Makia Clothing is a fresh Finnish design success story. Established in Helsinki in 2001, Makia strives to make functional, high-quality clothes and accessories that can stand the test of time. Durability and sustainability are important values for Makia. Sportswear brand Luhta shares these values. Luhta Sportswear Company is one of the leading clothing manufacturers in the Nordics. The company was founded in 1907 in Lahti, Finland, where its headquarters are still located. Shop these sporty fashion brands at ARG Airport Fashion in both terminals T1 and T2 at Helsinki Airport.

ARG Airport Fashion – T2: Gate 28, Schengen area. T1: Gate 14, Schengen area. Shopping opportunities for those travelling to destinations in Finland and abroad as well as arriving passengers

Take a seat in one of Alvar Aalto’s classic chairs at Helsinki Airport

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