In Helsinki, Finland, there’s a restaurant called Story. Designed by creative studio Joanna Laajisto, the restaurant, which opened in June, is an example of how Finnish traditionalism can be ushered into a modern design era.
Located in a historic 1889 market building, the space offers views of Helsinki harbour and is flooded with natural light. High ceilings make for a grandiose appearance while natural materials such as wood, leather, stone and even original fishing traps, help create a laid back atmosphere where locals can feel at home. Laajisto’s choice for a stone herringbone counter acts as a focal point and her own light designs as well as lighting from Zero Lighting add much needed modernism.
Clean-cut, angular booths, wooden tables by local artist Tebian and contemporary chairs further add to the relevance of the design. We appreciate Laajisto’s modern approach as well as her intention to keep the original market’s integrity intact. Prior to moving back to her native country of Finland, Laajisto worked in Los Angeles at an international architect firm designing large scale commercial projects.