Nämä Shop is an online venture by Ruth Landesa, a Spanish-born designer now living and working in rural Finland. Blending the traditional and the contemporary, the store produces vintage-inspired designs in limited edition. Current items include trays, boards, and trivets. While intended for the kitchen, the pieces can be used in almost any room of the home. Landesa’s boards, for instance, are multifunctional designs that can serve as cutting boards, cheese boards, placemats, home decoration, end tabletop covers, and more. The boards are made of veneered birch wood (sourced from Finnish forests) and painted with twee faces. Landesa makes use of wood in her other designs as well, but coats them with melamine: a sleeker, more modern material. Though a few products are designed by other European designers, the majority of the items in the store are designed by Landesa herself and crafted by local artisans.

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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