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Makers and Museums Tours - Finland – A Design Nation

A celebration of Finnish craft, design and architecture


Wednesday 17 May – Tuesday 23 May 2017

This tour is designed to celebrate the best of Finnish art and design by visiting the studios and homes of the most esteemed designers, craftsmen and architects, both past and present.  Among them, the architects, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Alvar Aalto, Eliel Saarinen, studio potter, Erna Kaarina Aaltonen and the home of Finland’s famous master cabinetmaker, designer Kari Virtanen founder of Nikari, a company making beautiful sustainable wooden furniture. 

We have created an itinerary, based on our successful tour last year, which will provide you with a unique window into Finland as a design powerhouse.  The journey takes you to the famed cooperative of Fiskars – home to over 120 artists, Arabia artists’ Studios in Helsinki, and a private tour of Arabia’s newly opened museum featuring Finland’s most celebrated design brand. Private visits to the makers’ workshops have been arranged, and there will be opportunities to purchase works directly from the artists in their studios. 

Alongside these you’ll go behind the scenes at the Finnish Design Museum, and see Alvar Aalto’s studios, museum and experimental home.  Tours of famous buildings will include the Central Railway Station by Eliel Saarinen and Aalto’s Finlandia Hall. 

While in Helsinki home will be the chic boutique GLO Hotel Art, while lunches and dinners will be held in some of the best of the burgeoning new restaurant scene.  

Come join Flow Gallery owner, Yvonna Demczynska and museum explorer, Cathy Giangrande and discover for yourself why Finnish design is held in such high regard and continues to be revered!

If you are interested and would like to reserve a place and receive a booking form (indicating required deposit), please contact either Yvonna at Flow, info@flowgallery.co.uk or Cathy, cathygiangrande@gmail.com