During Helsinki Design Week, I visited Habitare 2012, a furniture and design fair that drew about 57,000 people over the five days it was open. There was such great work on display including a large amount of student designs and work by Finnish designers.

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

The Ecobol display from Jouni Leino really caught my eye. The bowls are made from recycled wood that is wedged between two pieces of colorful laminate.

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

Never have acoustical panels looked so good! Made from felt, the three-dimensional panels by Anna E. Vaarala are colorful works of art full of fun texture.

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category
Anna E. Vaarala

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

Secto Design creates sculptural lamps from sustainable Finnish birch.

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category
Secto Design

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

You might remember that we featured a version of this Studio Eero Aarnio design several years ago, but the latest version, entitled Pony, is a bit smaller and made from a soft plastic. Plus, it can now go outside!

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

This line of sofas from Tapio Anttila Design features lucite sides and ottomans on hinges that rotates from the end of the sofa to the front, depending on where you want it.

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

Luhta is a Finnish company that has a home collection featuring pretzel-shaped pillows and towels with triangle designs on them (I want!).

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

In the Protoshop booth, this adjustable dog lamp by Simo Serpola works on both the floor and tabletop. So cute!

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category
Left: Chair by Iina Ojala / Right: Clock by Tytti Vuorikari

One of my favorite parts of Habitare was the Nollasarja booth. Two universities partnered with Koskisen (a Finnish wood company) on a project that had design students design a product out of wood that could potentially be a series production.

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

Loved this indoor dog house by Saara Utti, meant for the corner of your room!

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

Left: Wall Tiles by Suvi Lailavuo / Right: Room divider by Katja Ahonen

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

Hanging Planter by Jenna Varonen

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

Swinging Chair by Emilia Hönö

The Best of Habitare 2012 in news events home furnishings  Category

There was a special exhibition this year in the Ahead! design area and it was all about “responsibility.” Designed by Hollmén, Reuter and Sandman, the Puun tarina (“The story of a tree”) brought in actual trees to make the area look like a Finnish forest. It was pretty impressive in person.

Design Milk’s trip to Helsinki Design Week was provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.