ISSUE 71  |  The Modern Kitchen

A Lesson in Geometry from Finland

May 09, 2013 9:30 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Sometimes it seems as though the Finns are one step ahead of the rest of the design world, and Helsinki-based designer Suki Vento of Varpunen is no exception.

Suki and her husband, Jussi, have redesigned their home since we last visited it in House Call: Varpunen in Finland. Previously decorated in Inca-inspired wall patterns and spots of neon color, the updated look retains the same creative character and geometric appeal as before but with a pared-down approach. In addition to the Helsinki renovation, Suki and husband Jussi have just redesigned a country cottage; to see more, go to Varpunen.

Above: A poster from Copenhagen’s Playtype hangs above the kitchen countertop.

Above: Vento sourced the marble backsplash and counter tiles from Kaakelikeskus, the copper Redecker scrubber from Smyygi (for more ideas, see 7 Hardworking Scrubbers with Style) and the faucet from Vola.

Above: Vento’s point of pride? The minimalist white kitchen drawers in her mini kitchen.

Above: Another view (on another day) of Vento’s kitchen.

Above: A cluster of vases on a windowsill holds branches and blooms.

Above: A grouping of Varpunen storage sacks (like the Circus and Havu, each for €30) printed on PVC laminated white polyester scrim.

Above: A collection of French milk soaps and neutral toned storage baskets in the bath.

Above L: A stack of design magazines is strapped together with leather strips. Above R: A vintage crib is piled with textiles woven in Swedish overshot patterns.

Above: Vintage toys are displayed on string shelves sourced from Stockmann.

Traveling to Suki’s hometown yourself? Visit our favorite shops, restaurants, and hotels in our Helsinki City Guide.