Comfy Finnish Airbnbs open in Paris
On the centenary of Finland’s independence, Finnish design is having a moment. Six impromptu Finnish koti (Finnish for “home”) just opened at the Institut Finlandais in Paris to promote the work of Finland’s designers.
The Parisian koti village is just one example of an increasingly popular scheme to promote a particular architectural style. Small firms that struggle for recognition and/or cannot afford a showroom can build temporary rentals around the world to get their message out.
“The starting point was the Finnish home and especially our Finnish summer homes,” Linda Bergroth, the designer behind Koti told the Economist’s 1843 design magazine.
The six cabins are based on the traditional Finnish guest cottages, with slatted spruce walls and pitched roofs. They were built by Jussi Nordberg, a boat-builder from south-west Finland, and Mattila & Merz, a Finnish design company.
Similar projects have been created in Japan and London. No word on when Finnish design is set to arrive in NYC, but with everything Nordic en vogue at the moment, we are sure it is coming.
If you absolutely can’t wait and you need comfy Finnish country stylings in the middle of Paris right now, you’ll need to act fast. The koti are only available to rent for 100 days. [Economist] —Christopher Cameron