Finnbrit Museum Club – February 2023

Finnbrit Museum Club

Finnbrit goes to the museum!

Aim of the group is to visit museums and exhibitions in the capital area.  This is an opportunity to socialise with like-minded English-speaking enthusiasts of the arts and culture.  We visit the museums as a group, with a guided tour in English. After the tour, those who wish can move on to a local venue for an “after” drink and conversation, which doesn’t have to be about art or culture!

The guided tour is funded by Finnbrit.  All participants need to be members of Finnbrit to benefit from the guided tour (no +1s).

The participants pay for their own entry ticket: Participants are recommended to have the Museum Card which gives free entry to museum venues all over Finland 🙂

Next tour: Thursday, 2 February 2023.  Meet at 15.30 in the main lobby of the Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23 (Tram 10 or Bus 24)

There are 20 places available to Finnbrit members. Finnbrit reserves the right to postpone or cancel the event if the number of enrolments is low.  

Antti & Vuokko Nurmesniemi at Design Museum   

In January, the Design Museum’s main exhibition features works by one of Finland’s most renowned designer couples: interior designer Antti Nurmesniemi (1927–2003) and textile artist Vuokko Nurmesniemi (1930-), ­­for the first time in the same exhibition. 

The exhibition at the Design Museum focuses on the Nurmesniemis’ life together and their professional careers from the 1950s to the 2000s. Their working methods and materials were different, but the final products complemented each other and were similar in style and spirit. 

Antti Nurmesniemi’s work includes enamel coffee pots and furniture such as the Jakkara sauna stool, as well as interior design work. He has been referred to as the “Grand Old Man of Finnish Design”, and he won the Lunning Prize in 1959. 

Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi is best known for her work as one of the two leading designers of the Marimekko company. Her signature striped Jokapoika shirt helped to make the company’s name. 

Their professional legacy and their shared life have become a significant part of Finnish design history.