Marttiini shop by Suunnittelutoimisto Amerikka

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Martiini shop by Amerikka

Leather-bound blades displayed against chunky wooden blocks adorn the walls of a Finnish knife shop in Helsinki by designers Suunnittelutoimisto Amerikka.

Martiini shop by Amerikka

The specialist shop sells furry animal hides and traditional Finnish knives named Puukos, which are crafted in Lapland by manufacturer Marttiini.

Martiini shop by Amerikka

The knives are affixed by magnets and each block can be lifted to reveal storage behind.

Martiini shop by Amerikka

Elsewhere, mounted timber vases display bunches of knives as if they were flowers.

Martiini shop by Amerikka

Other interesting shops recently featured on Dezeen include a kiosk made from over 1000 copies of the New York Times and a clothes store with naked mannequins on the walls and ceilingsee all our stories about retail interiors.

Martiini shop by Amerikka

The following information is from the designers:


Marttiini shop

The "Puukko" is a traditional Finnish knife; a crafted object and an everyday tool. Marttiini has manufactured knives in Lapland, Northern Finland since 1928.

The new Marttiini shop is situated in the heart of Helsinki, with Senate Square and the Cathedral seen from the window. The new shop combines Marttiini’s long tradition and history with contemporary design. The materials used in the shop; wood, metal and leather, are the same materials used to construct the knives. All details have been designed with functionality in mind, allowing this small space to display more than 200 different products. The new Marttiini shop is just like the "Puukko": beautifully functional!

Shop design: Amerikka Design Office Ltd.
Shop opened: May 2011
Address: Aleksanterinkatu 28, Helsinki, Finland

  • http://dedezain.blogspot.com fenny

    the storage idea is cool, but i don’t think it’s practical

    • vincent

      Its doesn't look impracticle to me, there is even storage space behind it.

      What's even cooler that it it succeeds in recreating the log appearance into something light and modern. The space of the room had it's limits, it doesn't look very big so it's integrated into the walls.

  • http://www.nhfoley.com Nick

    I like the design of the shop, but it's a shame they used magnets – cool, for sure… but it's a real drag when the blade of your knife becomes magnetized. Nothing dulls or rusts like a knife that picks up metal filings everywhere it goes.

  • Finnish guy

    You should visit the shop to see that it is actually very practical. You can see and touch all product’s easily.