A Sculptor's Legacy: Ateljé Finne in Helsinki by

Issue 50 · Saint Lucia · December 11, 2012

A Sculptor's Legacy: Ateljé Finne in Helsinki

Issue 50 · Saint Lucia · December 11, 2012

A Helsinki-based reader reminded us of Ateljé Finne—housed in the former studio of sculptor Gunnar Finne—after she visited for dinner recently.

We first heard about the cafe from Kitka's Juli and John Baker, who stopped in on their trip through Finland. The building's layers are reminiscent of its past life as a simple clay studio: large glass doors open into a gallery-white plaster-covered brick, and the fare is as Nordic as it gets: Baltic herring confit, buckwheat crisps, lingonberry mousse, and licorice crème brûlée.

Visit Ateljé Finne for more information; the restaurant is located at Arkadiankatu 14 in Helsinki.

Photography by Juli Baker (except where noted).

Atelje Finne candles and sculptures

Above: Photograph by Satu Palander for Monocle 2010.

Atelje Finne restaurant in Helsinki, Finland

Above: Plein air seating during the summer months.

White asparagus soup from Atelje Finne

Above: White asparagus soup served in a bleu chine dish.

Dried crysanthemums at Atelje Finne

Above: Chrysanthemums artfully past their peak in a reused wine bottle.

Gunnar Finne sculpture in the back room of Atelje Finne

Above: A Gunnar Finne piece hangs in the back of the dining room. Photograph courtesy of Ateljé Finne.

Chef Antto Melasniemi at Atelje Finne

Above: Chef Antto Melasniemi, photographed by Satu Palander for Monocle 2010.

N.B.: Traveling to Scandinavia? Take a look at our Finland, Sweden, and Norway in our City Guides.



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