· By Herb Lester

Artek 2nd Cycle, Helsinki

Extracted from Destination Helsinki. Buy yours here.

Souvenirs come in all shapes and sizes, for some it’s a fridge magnet, others require something more substantial. So how about a piece of classic Finnish design? This large basement shop specialises in restored pieces made by Artek, the company founded by Alvar Aalto in the 1930s, and extends to other designers including fellow Finns such as Ilmari Tapiovaara and Tapio Wirkkala, alongside heavy-hitters from Scandinavia, Italy and the USA. Come here for provenance rather than bargains and for their own door-to-door delivery service to the UK, France, Belgium and Germany.

Pieni Roobertinkatu 4-6, 00130
Tel: 358 10 617 3467
Thu-Fri: 11am-6pm; Sat: 11am-3pm and by appointment