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Royal Vaasa hotel renovation. The aim is to be the most energy-efficient Sokos Hotel in Finland

KOKO3 is been chosen as the interior design partner for the Original Sokos Hotel Royal Vaasa. A major renovation project has been underway at a brisk pace during the autumn. An important goal of the hotel’s renovation is to build the most energy-efficient hotel in the country. This will be made possible by implementing geothermal heating as the main form of heating, building a major solar power plant and recovering energy from waste water. In addition, the building services will be completely renewed. The story was first reported by YLE.

31 October 2022

KOKO3 and IDÉE furniture collaboration launched in Japan

Our incredible furniture design collaboration with IDÉE, the Japanese lifestyle brand owned by MUJI, is now launched. The Home Furniture range we designed premiered in stores in Japan. The Home Furniture range is available in eight different versions and two different shades. Photo by Akiko Baba

06 October 2022

Open Studios 7.9.2022, Welcome!

You are warmly welcome to visit KOKO3´s design studio on Wednesday 7.9 from 3pm to 6pm. This event is part of the Helsinki Design Week Open Studios program. Have a peek behind the scenes what the office life looks, feels and sounds like in an interior architectural / creative design studio. Drinks served 🙂 KOKO3, Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1, street level. Warmly welcome!

03 September 2022

KOKO3 in Habitaressa 9-11.9.2022

The Lempi furniture range designed by KOKO3 for Matri gets a new addition, a coat tree. The new product can be seen at Matri’s Habitare stand 6d50 and at the Signals trend exhibition.

Mari Relander will be the guest of Nemo Architects on Saturday 10.9 from 14-15 at the Habitare Areena stage. Mari has promised to build a collage of materials as part of the Habitarematerials exhibition and will also reveal to the audience her secrets of collage construction.

01 September 2022

Glasspalatset opened to Lasipalatsi

KOKO3 designed a new shop for apple products to Lasipalatsi. The products come from Söderlångvik Manor´s apple farm. The shop´s novelty are the lovely artisan ice-creams. We warmly recommend also a visit to the beautiful Söderlångvik Manor, where you can experience a slice of Tuscany.

13 July 2022

KOKO3 partners up with City of Helsinki

We have great news! KOKO3 has been awarded with partnership with City of Helsinki in an extensive tender process related to new interior design and service design projects. We, together with our partner at Futurice, will now look into new interesting times to come related to the development work for the city we love, our home town. The Helsinki City Hall lobby, in the picture, is one of the projects we have already had the pleasure of working with for Helsinki. This stunning landmark was renovated in collaboration with Verstas Architects.

15 June 2022

KOKO3 summer party – THANK YOU!

Sunshine, friends, good vibes, lovely drinks, and super grooves. A warm thank you to everyone who celebrated KOKO3’s 25th anniversary with us in the evening sun of Cable Factory. What a great time! Warm thanks to DJ Didier, for the drinks thanks to the highly skilled Son of a Punch drink masters, and for the burgers thanks to Alexanders. Let´s do this again next summer. Check out the party vibes on KOKO3’s Instagram.

13 June 2022

Solo Sokos Hotel Helsinki opens 10.5

We have some wonderful news that we can finally share with you! Over the past three years, KOKO3’s hotel design team Aino Brandt, Riikka Seitsonen, Mimmi Heikkinen and Diana Cerrada have been working on something truly special for the Helsinki hotel scene – a new and improved Solo Sokos Hotel Helsinki! The refurbished hotel will become the second Solo qualified Sokos Hotel in the city and will open later this spring. Our city’s beloved 1930s pearl has a vibrant history with many chapters – its latest one is a true celebration of Helsinki – piece by piece.

07 February 2022

Miltton Futures: The Future of Work webinar

 

  • How should you lead a multi-location workforce?
  • What tools, skills & routines is required from leaders & employees?
  • How can future office create a powerful platform for the deep-running cultural change?

 

27 January 2022

A 1500m2 Moomin exhibition will open in Citycenter

Talouselämä wrote a piece on Digital Nature: KOKO3 is involved in a project that reinvents the shopping center concept. An incrediböe and immersive exhibition space will open in Citycenter in the spring.

01 December 2021
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Architectural Digest: Finnair Non-Schengen Lounge

Architectural Digest picked Finnair’s Non-Schengen Lounge among the Top 7 chicest airport lounges in the world! Finnair is one of KOKO3’s long-standing clients. Our collaboration in developing the customer experiences in airport lounges began in the early 2000s. Airport lounges are a great part of Finnair’s branded customer experience. They offer versatile spaces for work, relaxation, dining, and drinks.

21 October 2021
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Restaurant Boulevard Bar & Seafood opens its doors before the end of the year

Restaurant Boulevard Bar & Seafood will open at Bulevardi 6 before the end of the year. Boulevard Bar & Seafood offers sustainably grown and caught seafood. The restaurant stays true to classic-style cuisine spiced up with the latest food trends.

 

19 October 2021
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This is a Call for Action: colleagues, join us!

Today design studios Amerikka, Fyra, Kakadu, KOKO3, RÄIHÄ Interiors, Silvana, and Studio Joanna Laajisto have signed the Finnish Interior Design Declares petition. It calls for collaboration across studios and companies to lighten the environmental load. This is a call for action: colleagues, join us! We invite all interior architecture and interior design firms in Finland to consider our responsibility as designers of the built environment. The signed declaration can be found here. 

 

16 September 2021
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10 insights into post-pandemic office design, and ways of working

During the past year, we conducted more than 100 work environment interviews and collected data on how our customers work. Many of us are currently wondering what the autumn 2021 looks like for office life. We gathered our top 10 learnings regarding the post-covid workspaces.

 

31 May 2021
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The Faculty of Social Sciences to undergo renovation

The renovation of the historic University of Helsinki´s Snellmania campus building is underway. It has been designed together with the end-users during the past one and half years. The workspace and learning environment development and interior design are now concretized: SRV has been selected as the contractor. The renovation of the 1830s building, designed by Engel, will be completed in 2022. Ari Nisonen, Property Manager at University of Helsinki, describes the collaboration between KOKO3 and the University of Helsinki:

 

17 May 2021
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Partner News

KOKO3’s ownership grows with a super talented addition: Mari Relander becomes KOKO3’s fourth partner and board member. “We couldn’t be happier!” exclaims Aino, Jukka, and Helka. “We founded KOKO3 among friends at restaurant Savoy in 1997. It feels fantastic to return to the same excited mood with a fortified team. Welcome, Mari!”

 

06 May 2021
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Global projects for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

We have been working on office and residence renovations, on the quiet, for our contract partner Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The renovation of the Embassy of Finland in Rome, completed in 2018, deepened the collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in terms of spatial development. We were responsible for the architectural, interior and principal design. Our current renovation projects are set in exotic locations in the Central Asia, Africa, South America in Europe. Sustainable building practices, Finnish well-being and naturally Finnish design are the core of spaces that represent Finland around the world.

 

03 May 2021
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Our contract partner Laurea University of Applied Sciences

KOKO3 has several long-term partnerships in different fields. One of these is a partnership with Laurea University of Applied Sciences. Laurea’s learning environment projects have been a natural continuation of our work with various higher-educational institutions. Pivotal factors in designing learning environments are improved interaction between students and educators, flexibility of learning spaces and furnishings, effective group work, inviting premises, and sustainable practices.

29 April 2021
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Vinyl pressing returns to Finland – production begins in an old power plant at Vallilan Konepaja

Helsingin Levypuristamo answers the growing demand by establishing a vinyl pressing plant at Vallilan Konepaja. This is the first time pressing vinyl in Finland since 1995. Pressing plants abroad have reached their capacities with wait times exceeding four months. “We want to serve the domestic music industry, from emerging bands to large record companies,” says Helsingin Levypuristamo founder and CEO Lupu Pitkänen. Kauppalehti recently reported about the endeavor.

16 April 2021
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Aino´s interview in Glorian Koti Magazine

”KOKO3 draws from urban culture. We enjoy surprises, while anarchy and open-mindedness are our sparks.” Our fabulous creative director Aino in the latest Glorian Koti magazine, interviewed by Laura Friman.

08 February 2021

Vuoden Huiput 2020

The Vuoden Huiput judges are keeping busy. Our AD Riikka Kuukka is on the Experimental Design jury together with amazing colleagues. “The standard is high,” Riikka reveals. The shortlists will be revealed on 17th February. The best experimental design will be celebrated in the Vuoden Huiput-gala that will take place on 22nd May. Read more here. 

 

04 February 2021

Restaurant interior trends 2021

Glorian Ruoka & Viini magazine asked us about restaurant interior trends for 2021. The new year is always a good time to offer interior prophecies: colors will darken and become more intense. The image is from Metsätalo’s lunch restaurant, an example of a project where we played with darker tones and saturated colors.

 

11 January 2021

The renovation of Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki begins

Finally, we can share the news! The renewed Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki will open its doors in 2022. The hotel will showcase Helsinki piece by piece. KOKO3’s hotel design team is responsible for hotel room and corridor interiors.

24 November 2020
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Suuri sisustustunnustus – KOKO3 nominated

09 November 2020
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Meet our new service designer

KOKO3’s latest addition is service designer Essi Mikkola! Essi strengthens our expertise in the fields of service design and brand strategy. Essi has a strong background in design and culture from London, Madrid, and Barcelona. She has worked with trend and user analysis and design thinking methods. Visit linkedin to learn more about Essi.

05 November 2020

University of Helsinki’s City Centre Campus development is underway

We are currently working on 11 development projects for the University of Helsinki.

02 November 2020
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Hung with emotion -Aino´s interview in Mandatum Life Magazine

Art historian and Kiasma’s former museum director Tuula Karjalainen and our boss lady Aino Brandt share their thoughts on hanging art in the latest Mandatum Life Magazinessa. 

 

 

30 October 2020
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The Metropolia Myllypuro Campus is completed!

45 000m2, 6000 students, 500 teachers. Workshops, interviews, info sessions. Collaborative methods, sourcing, substitute premises. Four new builds and a historic transition for Metropolia!

15 October 2020
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Hotels want to stand out from the competition

Long live diversity and Finnish hotels! In today’s Helsingin Sanomat, some of our hotel partners share their thoughts on the significance of standing out in the hotel business. The story features Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti and Hotel Hanasaari.

11 October 2020
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Sokos Hotel Presidentti is chosen as the best Sokos Hotels-chain hotel of 2019!

We warmly congratulate Original Sokos Hotel Presidentille!

09 October 2020

A sneak peek of Hotel Hanasaari, a boutique gem

Design Stories spent an afternoon with Jukka discussing the beautiful hotel and cultural center.  

 

03 October 2020

2020 best restaurant interior: Restaurant Madonna

Mamma mia! Voitaisiinko me olla tästä maininnasta enempää ylpeitä? Rehellisesti, ei. Sydän läikähtää onnesta koko tiimin puolesta. Kiitos Glorian Ruoka&Viini: vuoden 2020 parhaat / paras sisustus: Ravintola Madonna.

29 September 2020
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Aalto University School of Business nominated for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture

Aalto University’s new campus, Väre, is nominated for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture. The building is designed by Verstas Architects.

07 September 2020
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Madonna as a fashion shoot backdrop

The photogenic Restaurant Madonna is seen as a fashion shoot backdrop in the latest Pirkka magazine.

01 September 2020

Eatis Food Court opened in Itis

Itis celebrated the opening of its new restaurant world Eatis together with selected guests. The restaurant world focuses on international cuisine. Read more about the project from our reference gallery.

14 August 2020

Toisissa tiloissa article

We wrote an article where we share our thoughts on remote work, platform economy, and the growing significance of home. Read our through on the effects of Covid, which we compiled together with Miltton Creative.

28 April 2020
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Optio visits Aalto School of Business

Optio published an article about the new School of Business and interviewed Helka. The stunning campus building architecture is by Verstas Architects. The interiors combine warmth, dignity, and sustainability. Read more about the project here.

23 April 2020
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