Embark on a voyage of discovery

OUR CITY HAS A SAYING THAT GOES: “WHY GO TO PARIS WHEN WE HAVE TURKU?” 
TO FIND OUT WHAT WE MEAN, COME TO TURKU, STAY IN A BOUTIQUE HOTEL SPICED WITH LOCAL INSPIRATION, AND TAKE A TURKU DESIGN TOUR OF DISCOVERY. READ BELOW OUR TIPS FOR YOUR ADVENTURE.

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Along the River Aura shores, the revered Nordic design has been refined with a fresh and playful south-western twist.

Along the River Aura shores, the revered Nordic design has been refined with a fresh and playful south-western twist. A visitor can immediately experience the charms of Turku design with a stay at the newly renovated Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone. This is a boutique hotel that sparkles with an unabashed local style and nearly 100 years of history. Opened in 1928, the hotel was designed by Erik Bryggman and Ilmari Ahonen.

“It's no coincidence the hotel looks the way it does today. The style reflects the liberated spirit and language of design of the 1920’s – but with a modern twist,” explains the hotel manager, Sanna Paloniemi.

An inspirational atmosphere

The bold and resplendent milieu of Turun Seurahuone has been seasoned with Turku design, and the hotel is an enticing shop window of local artists.

“Elegant local style not only reflects in the décor but also in the staff uniforms, with women's dresses and tunics the creation of local designer, MyOlsson. The scarves and men's handkerchiefs are also from the same collection.

“Pearls are a theme that reinforces the spirit of the 1920s, reflected in our uniforms as well as details in the décor.“

The men's uniforms are completed by a Woobs wooden bowtie, with the Turun Seurahuone façade printed on one side and the Gunnar logo on the other. A more substantial piece of local wooden design is the restaurant table, carved form a 150-year-old Turku wych elm. Tables are delightfully set with Terraviiva's pearl encrusted ceramic plates.

“Pearls are a theme that reinforces the spirit of the 1920s, reflected in our uniforms as well as details in the décor. Turku Pearl Jeweller Blingi has created custom-made necklaces, while BEdesign’s gorgeous mirrors hang on the walls, adorned with pearls,” says Paloniemi.

  • Designs that speak the local dialect

    The most passionate Turku fans will discover their fortune in Fortuna Court in KUI Design, where home textiles, jewellery, clothing and accessories tell urban stories in style.

    “Turku is strongly featured in our products and often in humorous ways,” says designer Anna Hormio. The city ferry Föri was one of KUI Design's first patterns, and a natural follow-up is the fun Funi collection, celebrating the city's talked about funicular. The image of the whimsical hillside lift has found its way onto a chopping board, a parking disc and a poster, to name a few.

    "Funi products have aroused mixed and surprisingly strong feelings," Hormio reveals.

     One of the most popular Turku products at PUF is the “Varför Paris, vi har ju Åbo” fabric bags. The PUF + TOMI collection also draws on themes from Turku.

    “The project’s first collection is strongly influenced by Turku. As proud Turku locals ourselves we want to encourage others to do the same,” says PUF founders Hanna Pennanen and Matti Järvinen.

    “One of the key factors in the collection’s popularity is its imaginative and timeless in design.”

Fascination and responsibility

An free-thinking visitor to Seurahuone will be well rewarded for taking the path less travelled. When venturing away from the chain stores, the city has passionately embraced its Turku-inspired products and local designers.

“Oh, without doubt, you’ll find lots of cool stuff being done in Turku,” says designer Anna Hormio of KUI Design. “Turku is an important theme in our collection and much of the store's products are made in our workshop in Manilla.”

“Oh, without doubt, you’ll find lots of cool stuff being done in Turku,” says designer Anna Hormio of KUI Design. “Turku is an important theme in our collection and much of the store's products are made in our workshop in Manilla.”

Dedicated to domestic brands, PUF delights in the fashion trend for charming local design that keeps its customers coming back.

“People are more aware and are definitely more curious than before because they want to know where and from what the product is made,” states Hanna Pennanen and Matti Järvinen, founders of PUF.

“We believe that people increasingly appreciate original design shops and product individuality, in addition to quality and functionality of course. For our part, we want to invest in our cultural foundations and to continually strive for its development.”

It is easy for a shopper in Turku to be responsible – and also extremely proud of his Åbo-tennis socks at home.

  • Explore these tips for Turku Design!

    Pick up tips for Turku design here, head to the shops and be amazed at al the things you might never have thought to find.

    KUI Desing
    A boutique with a wonderful vibe that mixes local professional and style, with joy and passion. Most textile products come to life on the other side of the river in the old Manila factory.

    PUF
    Well-known brands and rising stars of Finnish design all under one roof.

    Klo Design Shop
    Personalised clothes and accessories mainly produced in the Turku workshop.

    Televisio Lifestyle Store
    A gorgeoues and extensive range of Turku design and domestic brands.

    MyOlsson
    A warm-hearted clothing store known for its Turku-themed dresses with landscape prints.

    Woobs
    ​​​​​​​Sunglasses, watches, bowties and jewellery, created in Turku - from what other material but wood!

STAY AND RESERVE A ROOM IN THE TURURN SEURAHUONE:

In collaboration with TOK.
Text Merja Kallikari. Video Kim Allen-Mersh.

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