Design in Helsinki

Lippakioski: The Vintage Helsinki Kiosk

We love kiosks here at Pop-Up City. Not only because they are pretty little buildings at unexpected places in the city, but also because they make the streets vibrant places. In Helsinki we stumbled upon the infamous Lippakioski, a historical kiosk that serves Helsinki’s urban life from the 1930s on. The prototype for Lippakioski was…

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Turn Table: An Urban Farm And Restaurant In The Middle Of The City

Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 wouldn’t be complete without an urban farm. Urban agriculture is hotter than hot these days, and although the majority of urban farming projects aren’t gonna solve any food-related problems, the idea of re-using vacant urban spaces for traditional country-side activities is appealing. During our Helsinki visit, two weeks ago, we…

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  • Tio Tikka, Food (Truck) Pioneer

    Camionette, Helsinki

    Helsinkian Tio Tikka is only 21 years old. Yet, he has already been the brains behind some great food concepts in the Finnish capital. At the age of 19 he popped up in downtown Helsinki’s public space with a Citroën Camionette truck that he had turned into a 24/7 crêperie/coffee bar on wheels. His struggle with the local authorities over street-selling permits paved the way for a (very) humble street food culture in Helsinki. We had a chat with Tio during our Helsinki visit, in his new restaurant/club Suola that he opened three weeks ago.

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  • Kanto: A Pop-Up Sauna In Public Space

    During our trip to World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 last weekend, we stumbled upon this wooden sauna right in the middle of Munkkisaari, a raw urban harbor area in the South-Western part of the city. Surrounded by construction sites, asphalt and concrete, this sauna by designer Florian Ganter looks to be completely lost. It belongs here somehow,…

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