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Sauna June 01 2017

The one finnish word which has the exact same significance almost in the whole world. SAUNA. An institution to the finns, can be seen abroad often only as a place to loose weight. Most of the people I've met living here in Italy say they've tried it but don't really like the pungent heat of it. That's because they don't know how to have a sauna as they should.

To the finns it's almost a spiritual place; you enter strip naked of body and soul. It's not a place to speak loud, but it should be a place of silence and meditation. This can envolve conversations and laughter, but the ambience should be respected. Often people share their worries and deepest toughts with friends and family members they enter the sauna with. It's normal for men and women to share the bathing time, even between friends, coworkers and neighbours, but it it doesn't have a sexual aspect. Finns are used to nudity since they are little so a naked body is something very normal.

Sauna helps against stress, it purifies your body from toxins and can be a great pain relief. Actually, women used to give birth in saunas as it was the most hygenic place of the home, heat killing the bacteria and also because it helped to get through the contractions. Also having hot water at hand was helpful.

In summertime it's custom to make vihta or vasta from birchleaves which you can use to lightly (some more than others) whip the skin inside sauna to improve blood circulation.

We have three types of sauna. The traditional wooden sauna which is heated with burning wood inside kiuas (stove specially made for sauna). This is always the preferred solution to finns, as the heat is softer and the sound of burning wood adds to the experience an element you couldn't experience in an electric sauna. The electric saunas are easier to use: just set the timer and wait for until it's ready. The perfect solution to city apartments and gyms. The last but not the least is the smoke sauna. They are rare, but still built, although it takes a lot of time and expertice to heat one correctly. They say you'll learn to heat them well when you have done it hundreds of times. The smoke sauna doesn't have a chimney, and when heated the smoke remains within the sauna. The whole space will, in time, get completely black of the smoke. You need to warm them up for at least three hours, and you should enter only when the stove has ceased burning. The smoke has to be let out. The large stove will remain hot for hours and it produces the softest and kindest heat immaginable. There's nothing better than a dip to a lake from it. If you're anywhere close to get to try it once, I highly recommend you to do so!

Finns use sauna at least once a week, but some almost every day. Often we have the eletrcic one in the house and another wood burning one in the garden or at summer cottages. Rarely people do not have a sauna: even the large city condominiums have a sauna for all the apartment owners (the bathing times are booked in advance).

There are a few rules if you want to do it the 'right' way. Have a shower before entering the already hot sauna. Make sure you have wet hair too, or if not, cover your head with a moist towel (I always shower my hair too). When needed or wanted, throw some water to the hot stones to increase the humidity inside. When you start to feel like it, exit the sauna and shower again (or preferibly go swimming - we often build our saunas close to lakes and we swim in them both in the summer and in the winter time) and drink a lot of water. Make sure you're wet, cooled down and hydrated when you enter the sauna again. Do this for as long as you feel like. 

After repeated times of hot and cool you should feel your skin completely clean and your body totally relaxed. Some of the worries of the day have surely melted away.

 


Concrete Home in Turku, Finland April 21 2017

VillAma has melted the hearts of anyone who loves modern and minimalistic architecture. This private home was designed by Pekka Mäki, and it truly is a work of art to every single detail in both in- and outdoors. One of the most beautiful homes in Finland and repeatedly showcased in many international releases featuring architecture, this building is full of contrast between materials which talk to eachother effortlessly, bringing together something that, in the end, is not cold but warm and inviting. Here the pictures then!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Scandinavian Easter Decorations - Soft tones March 28 2017

The more modern tones are the softer ones also for Easter in Scandinavia. Greys and pastels tend to be the most popular as they go well with the often monochrome coloured apartments.

Here's what we did. The products we've used are available here.

 

 

Photo credit: pinterest



Koti Sleepover - Finnish Design showcase in Paris March 14 2017

2017 is a big year for Finland. We celebrate 100 years of Independence! In this occasion, the Istitute of Finnish culture in Paris hosts Koti Sleepover which brings the finnish summer cottage experience to the reach of anyone. Well almost. Koti in Finnish means Home, and the pop-up installation of these little cabins can host up to 12 people at a time. 
The ispiration to these cabins come from Aitta, which used to be detached from the actual home or house; they were mere sleeping cabins. People would gather to the main house for meals, and also in Koti Sleepover the breakfast will be served in a communal table. Linda Bergroth, the designer, really was able to catch the spirit of this summer cottage experience in the finnish way. It's a social experience to the point where you want, but if needed you can get in your own cabin for some quiet time and to relax. This is how it often actually works in Finland. 
What I mostly love about this installation, is the quality of it. In everything. Look at the detailed carpentering. Look at the colour choices. Look at the textiles, ceramics and lighting. Linda Bergroth handpicked the Finnish producers with whom to work in this stunning project and it shows.
Personally, I'm so happy to retail Lapuan Kankurit, a Finnish weaving mill with long traditions on high quality textiles. Check out our collection by Lapuan Kankurit! If you're looking for something we don't have on stock, please don't hesitate to contact us, we're happy to order it for you!



 

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel in Finland March 03 2017

Oh the weather in Italy is definitely springish and the sun is shining. Lappland and the whole Finland is still under a thick mantle of snow. Sun is starting to show again after the long months of darkness, and it is the best period of the year to visit Lappland for skiing, snowboarding or to go catch a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights. So here we go and present you a new boutique hotel in Rovaniemi, which offers you lovely rooms with a view to north: Aurora Borealis can be watched comfortably from the couch or even from the bed. If the weather is against the odds of seeing this beautiful phenomenon, the scenery still makes the trip worthwhile. Total relax in a bungalow hotel fully immersed in the nature. What a great retreat away from it all. I'd go for it!

 

So here are the pictures. Lovely to see some fine finnish design too - we're very happy to offer these products for you too. Sarjaton by Iittala is a a range of tableware with various colours, shapes and patterns. The name Sarjaton means ‘no series’ and invites every home to compose their own unique collection of mugs, bowls and plates. The friendly ceramic ware was designed by Harri Koskinen and the delicate Letti and Metsä patterns were created by Musuta. Sarjaton’s pleasant shapes and embossed patterns make the series a delightful addition to any kitchen. Also the beautiful Essence red wine glasses are featured in the pictures. Check all the products out from here.





Sarjaton Letti mugs by Iittala both in the picture above and below



 

 

 

Photo credit booking.com


Scandinavian Interior Trends 2017 January 26 2017

What's going on for this year's Interior Trends in Scandistyle - we took a look and gathered some images for you to get some inspiration from. Not much have changed since the last year - green plants are still a huge in, and maybe even more so as also Pantone's colour of the year is greenery. So if you want to be really trendy now, you should actually try and GROW the plants inside, not just buy a new one if the first one dies. ;)

We should see more silver together with the still on-going trend of brass, marble is still there... Velvet's a cool choice (not here in Italy for as far as I'm concerned: the hot summers and a warm velvety couch is not my ideal combo ;) ). Add some feathers to your deco, and voilà!

All natural materials are in: cotton, leather (if weathered, even better), baskets...

Last year I mentioned blue and grey walls, they're still in. More so, go for even more personalized look and you definitely hit the mark. Bohemian look is a great choise, it's warm and cosy which seems to be one of the things of the year. Go for vintage and it's easy to get this look.

Next some images of what the Interior Trends 2017 in Scandistyle look like. Be inspired and do your own thing! :)

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: airows.com, desenio.co.uk, homedecorideas.eu, scandinavianhomestaging.com, wohnprojekt.blogspot.de


Closed for Christmas December 21 2016

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Merry Christmas to you all!



Christmas decorations December 15 2016

Looking for some ideas for Christmas decorations in Scandinvian style? Here are some of our suggestions! Keep it simple, add some lovely details and it's done! Check out the pics below.

 


On Holiday from the 20th to the 27th of August 2016 - discount code August 19 2016

We're closed from the 20th to the 27th of August 2016 for summer holidays! All purchases made in this period will be shipped starting from the 29th of August! With a 5% discount code HOLIDAY16, valid form the 19th to 28th of August 2016, we wish Happy Holidays you'all! 

 


Scandikids July 14 2016

So let's talk about Scandinavian kidsrooms. These pictures give you a great idea how to arrange the room if you don't (which I think is so in most of the cases) have that much space and maybe have two kids sharing one room.

Bunk beds are a great solution and now also a very trendy choise! If you have an old bunk bed the tip is to update it with a new colour and decorate the room with earthy tones like in this picture. Very Nordic. We love the ferm LIVING wallpaper!

 

This room is for a bigger child, and here you can see well some of the latest trends in Nordic interiors: black, white, grey, maps, natural tones of wood...  The storage solution is great and I love this simple and grafic look.

 

Here's a room with a lot of carperter work. Usually the tailor-made solutions last a lifetime so the money spend here is well spend I'd say. The rest is fairly simple, the walls are painted to a pale white colour and the racing car detail seems to be painted by hand - if you have any artistic capacities, this can be a great idea! And if not, it's easy to 'delete' - just paint it over. The only but is the first step: I'd rather have it allined with the bed: it'd be easier to clean and not in the middle of small feet.

 

Another simple and elegant room. The railing for the stairs is great: it holds it stably yet you can move it around when accessing the fabulous and spacious storage under the bed!

 

Another great solution for two kids. A lots of storage under the beds and a neat way to build a bunk bed: the upper bed is not that high so even quite small kids can sleep on both beds. The stripes on the wall make the room seem more spacious and give it a nice, modern look. I'm sure the kids in this room argue often about who's going to sleep where!

 

A tiny room with a relatively small budget. Every metersquare is used efficiently!

And yes, it's all about storage. If you have bed(s) on the other wall, this can be a good way to use the other one. You could even add a removable table for kids to play and to study using the seating area. Add some cushions to personalize the look.



Photo credits: lundia.fi, stadshem.se, mommodesign.blogspot.it, petis.is, timeofacquarius.com, thebooandtheboy.com, lumikallio.blogspot.fi, 


Scandiliving May 25 2016

And now let's check out the living rooms in Scandinavia. Here a fee examples I liked. They're all very airy and light, filled with a lot of natural light (much appreciated due to the dark and long winters). Also, often there are no curtains in the windows, but the window sill is very nicely decorated to give the same feel of a fully furnished room where also the details have been tought out - as the curtains would do. I like this a lot. Actually, that's what I've done at my home too.
Notice also how very personal spaces these living rooms are. They tell a story about the people living in the apartment. Many details might be found in other living rooms too, but everyone of these are a room of their own and not a copy of another.

Let's check them out!

Familiar to me: Kivi candleholders by Iittala on the table, cotton ball lights by the mirror...

The same room, different angle. Love the very personal posters and the all time fave of mine: the Block lamp. Lanterns, candles and greens also follow the trends in Scandinavia.

You don't always have to create seating in the corners of the room - this looks lovely. Aalto vase is in the spotlight.

Tipical colours: black, wihte and grey. Also the lovely cotton ball lights can be found here too!

Very simple and elegant. Vakka boxes by Iittala as tables work well in this space!

Daybeds are a huge hit. This room is very serene and I like the DIY table - on it a glass dome which seem to be found in a lot of homes too. It's a good way to highlight a chosen detail.

We'll continue our tour on Scandinavian homes soon!

Photo credit: stadshem.se, divaaniblogit.fi/modernistikodikas 

Timo Sarpaneva May 13 2016

The grandson of a blacksmith, Sarpaneva uses his personal experience and rich Finnish history to tell his point of view through his art. A master of mixed materials, he works with glass, porcelain, cast-iron, textiles and graphic art. Gaining a reputation in the 1950’s for his unique designs, one his most famous works has become such a recognizable classic that it was featured on a Finnish postage stamp. This design is none other than his cast iron casserole pot for iittala. Drawing inspiration from his blacksmith grandfather as well as Finnish tradition, the iron pot is modern in shape but the traditional in materials such as the wooden handle and thick cast iron embrace the past. Sarpaneva is also the impressive graphic designer who created the “i-logo” for the iittala brand and is the winner of innumerable awards. Later in his career, Sarpaneva became a professor for Universities in London, Helsinki and Mexico and his art is featured in many museums around the world.

We at Aito Nordic present some of the products he designed during his exceptionally long career, which lasted his lifetime.