Arabia, the iconic ceramic brand, has held a strong position in Finnish homes for over 140 years. The new Arabia flagship store in Helsinki is the first for the beloved brand. The flagship is centrally located at the end of Esplanade park, in the historic city-center. The store connects to the flagship store of another Finnish design icon, Iittala — together, these two stores offer some of the finest in Finnish ceramics and glass design.
The aim of the design, which reflects familiar elements of Finnish homes, was to create an atmosphere that feels inviting to everyone.
The store concept combines various types of wood, ceramics and colors, ranging from pale pastels to Arabia’s signature blue. Light wooden floors, classic Lundia shelving and contemporary wooden furniture from brands such as Nikari and Woodnotes serve the backdrop for the iconic ceramics and homewares. A focal point in the store is the streamlined oak kitchen designed by Iittala’s Director Harri Koskinen. A much-loved detail is the old handmade ceramic Arabia logo attached to the checkout counter front – found hidden away in Arabia’s factory, the logo was salvaged and brought back to its former glory. The same logo was replicated for the store-front.