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Design Centre

Explore timeless creativity

IITTALA & ARABIA DESIGN CENTRE is the newest addition to Helsinki’s dynamic culture and design scene – a deep dive into two of Finland’s most celebrated design and lifestyle brands, Iittala and Arabia.

More than a window into the past present and future of these legendary brands, the centre invites you to interact with working artists and explore your own creativity through guided tours, lectures and events.


8th floor : Design Museum Arabia, Design Lab Gallery, Arabia Art Department Society

2nd floor : Store and Café

Design Museum Arabia

Learn the story of Arabia and Iittala

The history of Finnish ceramic art and glass design is now on display for the first time in one collection. The collection themes are glass, ceramics, art and time – with iconic works from design legends like Kaj Franck, Timo Sarpaneva, Rut Bryk and Tapio Wirkkala.

Designmuseum Arabia

Check out the Design Museum's web exhibitions!

9th floor

Free entrance

Store

A haven for design lovers

The Iittala & Arabia Design Centre Store in the 2nd floor is a haven for design lovers and a shopping experience unlike any other in Finland. The newly renovated store has not only an extensive selection of Iittala and Arabia dining and interior products but also a broad range of services.


  • International Delivery
  • Tax Free service
  • Gift wrapping
  • Gift Card
  • Engraving Service
  • Personal Shopper
  • B2B Sales

2nd floor

Iittala

Arabia Art Department Society

Experience artistry at work

Founded in 2003 by artists from the Arabia Art Department, the Arabia Art Department Society at the 9th floor upholds Arabia’s unique cultural heritage and promotes the use of ceramics in artistic expression.


Today the society includes artists such as Fujiwo Ishimoto, Heljä Liukko-Sundström, Heikki Orvola, Pekka Paikkari, Heini Riitahuhta, Kristina Riska, Kim Simonsson, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä, Jasmin Anoschkin and visiting artist Veera Kulju.

8th floor

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Cafe Deli Marché

Stop by for a cup of fresh coffee at our café in Arabia. In addition to Finnish design and works of art, you can enjoy beverages, sandwiches, salads and pastries at the Iittala & Arabia Design Centre.

Enjoy

  • Coffee selection for all tastes
  • Fresh fruit juices and smoothies
  • Delicious deli sandwiches and seasonal salad buffet
  • Freshly baked pastries and chocolate delights

2nd floor

Cafe Deli Marché

Neighbourhood

Arabianranta is a city district in Helsinki known for its creative attitude and innovative housing. The district's unique name dates back to the 18th century, when the outlying areas of towns were often named after places in the Bible. It’s also where Arabia got its name, even though you would think it was the beloved ceramics brand that inspired the area’s exotic name.

Today Arabianranta is a cultural oasis, with art, design and gardening destinations for everyone. In fact, the area has one of the biggest collections of public art in Finland, with nearly 300 works of art, some as small as postage stamps, some as big as apartment houses, on display. In the spring, Arabianranta hosts the biggest street art and sustainable living event in Finland.  

Besides the Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, other must-see attractions in the area are the Tapio Wirkkala Park and Annala Horticultural Society. Designed by acclaimed American artist Robert Wilson, the park celebrates the works and legacy of the late Tapio Wirkkala, one of Finland’s greatest designers. 

A haven for green thumbs, the Annala Horticultural Society is open to the public year-round and has its own nursery, where you can buy seasonal plants and flowers. The society also organizes public events and workshops around organic and sustainable gardening.

Arabianranta

Arabia


Arabia is one of Finland's best known and most highly regarded brands. For over 140 years, Arabia has held a strong position in Finnish homes.

Arabia is a pioneer of Finnish design and its designs express beauty, quality and practicality. Since 1873, Arabia has mirrored the times, with a commitment to strong, consumer-oriented design. Arabia's key competences consist of design and long-term brand development; the objective is to ensure that the brand has a strong position in tableware.


Arabia's tableware brings people together to enjoy good food and good company.

Arabia. All set for life.

Iittala

What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, today celebrates generations of essential objects that are distinctive, combinable and multi-functional. Inspired by the progressive philosophy of our design heroes, such as Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto, we bring quality, aesthetics and functionality to our work. It´s what we do, what we offer, what we believe in. And like all great stories, it is defined by colourful characters and thought-provoking ideas. 

Enjoy and be inspired.

Iittala

Iittala Village, ( Iittala, Hämeenlinna )

Iittala Village rounds up everything You must see and experience in The Capital of glass manufacturing in Finland. Experience the magic of glass making, the joy of art, the skillful work of artisans, delicacies for foodies… Iittala is a village of many experiences. You can reach us by car, by bus or take a train – ecologically. At Iittala Naivistic Art Railway Station you can start a naivistic, joyful experience on the spot at your arrival!

DESIGN MUSEUM IITTALA

Design Museum Iittala, forming part of the Finnish National Design Museum, presents the history of the glass factory. The museum building is an old barn of the Orvo Estate. It was opened as a museum in 1971.

There are five different exhibitions in the museum. The largest of them is the basic exhibition that presents the glass history of Iittala, and displays internationally acclaimed glass art and prominent serial design products from the late 19th to the 21st century. The exhibition focuses on the golden age of Finnish design and the central works of Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva which were born in this age.

The upstairs exhibition “Pilli, kuuppa ja muotti” (“Glass pipe, block, and mold”) concentrates on the most important tools for and techniques of glassblowing. There is also a collection of Hackman cutlery and Pro Arte artefacts like Oiva Toikka’s Iittala birds from the Nuutajärvi glass factory. In addition, there is a small exhibition showing sets of glasses designed by Timo Sarpaneva.

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OPENING HOURS

GUIDED TOURS: Guided Tours are available on demand (Mon-Sun). Maximum 50 persons per one guided tour

LANGUAGES: Finnish, Swedish, English, Japanese, German and French

PRICE: Groups with max 10 persons 50 € and groups with more than 10 persons 5 €/person.
Entrance fee is included in the prices. A guided tour for student groups costs 30 €.

CONTACT DETAILS FOR BOOKING A QUIDED TOUR:
+358 20 439 6230 (8,35 cents/telephone call + 17,17 cents/min) iittala.museum@iittala.com

IITTALA GLASS FACTORY

There is free access to the viewing balcony of the Iittala Glass Factory on weekdays Mon–Fri from 9 am to 8 pm 
(13.50 – 14.05 break due to change of shift). READ MORE.

A new unforgettable activity for groups at the Iittala Glass Factory - Blow your own vase! Read more.

IITTALA OUTLET IITTALA

The Iittala Outlet is the dream destination for a fan of Scandinavian design.
Here you can purchase valuable gifts, useful household products, or something to brighten up the everyday.

The spacious outlet holds assortments from all of the Finnish trademarks of the Fiskars Corporation including Iittala, Arabia, Fiskars itself, and Hackman. To a varying degree, there are also selections of inexpensive factory second or closeout products and other great deals! A Tax Free and export service enables sending your purchase home abroad easily. CONTACT INFO AND OPENING HOURS.