News archive 2007-2010
Museum Achievement of the Year made in Fiskars (28 May 2010)
The six professional museums of West Uusimaa have been awarded the Museum Achievement of the Year by ICOM Finland for implementing a common collections policy. The following museums and their fantastic staff were involved, now sharing the fame and glory: Fiskars Museum, Hanko Museum, Karkkila Ironworks Museum Senkka, Lohja Museum, Provincial Museum of Western Nyland and Vihti Museum. During the summer, the permanent exhibition of Fiskars Museum features stories presenting two individuals from the history of the village: Louise von Schlüter, a housekeeper, and Karl Wiman, a founder.
Fiskars Museum is open May-September 11am-5pm from Mondays to Fridays and 11am-4pm on weekends.
Iittala Outlet now open (25 May 2010)
Saturday 22 May saw the opening of Iittala Outlet store in the former workers’ tenements by the Fiskars Village main street. The store stocks products by Iittala, Arabia and Hackman, including special offers, factory second and clearance items. The selection is frequently updated, so it pays to come back often and find inspiration for using and combining products. The store will be open throughout the summer from 11am to 6pm.
Petris Chocolate Room expands (19 Mar 2010)
PetriS Chocolate Room café and shop has delighted the visitors in Fiskars Village for nearly a year and now it’s time to expand the premises. The founders and owners of Chocolate Room, Nina and Petri Sirén can now welcome up to 30 guests to their cosy café rich in atmosphere where you can treat yourself with handmade pralines, chocolate drinks and filled croissants. PetriS Chocolate Room is open on weekends from 11am-5pm and May-August from Tuesday to Sunday 11am-5pm. In Easter (April 2nd-April 5th) from noon to 4pm.
Winter happens! (09 Feb 2010)
A rare and endangered winter guest has been seen in Fiskars Village over the last few weeks: locals and visitors have spotted an otter in the Fiskars River (see the picture). Besides the otter, known in Latin as "Lutra lutra", there are plenty of reasons to visit Fiskars Village this winter.
The "Second Sight" exhibition at the Copper Smithy is open until April 25th and can be visited Tuesday to Sunday, noon - 5 pm. Many shops are open throughout the year; please refer to the home page for up-to-date information on opening hours. The restaurant Fiskars Wärdshus is open daily.
Finland's oldest company celebrated its 360th anniversary (02 Nov 2009)
Finland's oldest company celebrates its 360th anniversary Consumer products company Fiskars celebrated its 360th anniversary on October 31. The company was founded in 1649 when the Dutchman Peter Thorwöste was granted permission by Queen Christina of Sweden to build an ironworks on the banks of the River Fiskars in southern Finland. Over the centuries since then, what started as a small business has grown into a consumer products company with operations worldwide and is now one of the oldest companies in Europe still in operation. The company's heritage site, known as Fiskars Village, is a dynamic centre of art, design, and handicrafts that is a popular destination with tourists and conference guests.
New exhibition: Fiskars Village as a living environment (01 Oct 2009)
Fiskars Village goes back a long way. Its rivers and shores have always attracted people, and industrial activity began 360 years ago. In recent years, artists and artisans have made the village their home. Sirpa Kolu, a sculptor, moved to Fiskars five years ago. She describes the exhibition entitled "Fiskars village as a living environment", which she has curated, as follows: "Every day I walk over ten kilometres with my dogs in this setting, in the forest and village, mornings and evenings. I've taken children from our school on my route to make notes and studies, recording the handwriting of the forest, plants, fields, river and buildings. The schoolchildren make regular visits to the workshops and studios of the craftspeople, designers and artists in the community, getting to know different materials and techniques. These moments, drawings and forms – together with the works of the professionals from the community – create a shared work of this landscape, its history, rhythms, forms and colours...Fresh and strong."
The exhibition will be opened on Saturday, 3 October at 3pm. It will stay open 4 Oct – 22 Nov 2009 Tue-Sun noon – 5 pm (entrance €2, children younger than 16 years free of charge).
Views from Fiskars (07 Jul 2009)
Our website now exhibits new panoramic pictures of the village; a click on the map will take you to a panorama view of the chosen location. New views and updates are planned for, so we wellcome you to return for more sights every once in a while.to the panoramas
Reflexions exhibition opens in Sweden (17 Jun 2009)
More than 60 artists from Sweden’s Finnish-speaking regions and Finland’s Swedish-speaking regions participate in the Reflexions exhibition with their art, arts and crafts and design items. The venue is a former brewery in Nora, Sweden: a unique four-story industrial building carefully redeveloped into an exhibition space and later to be converted into a cultural center. Fiskars-based participants include Camilla Moberg, Karin, Widnäs, Sade Kahra, Barbro Kulvik, Martti Aiha and Kari Virtanen.
Reflexions is an important part of the Nordic Delight project, which deals with associations, features, narratives and authority related to place and identity in the Nordic countryside (www.nordicdelight.eu).
The exhibition is open in Sweden from 18 June to 6 September, and will arrive in Fiskars in late November.
The Forge celebrates 10 years (15 Jun 2009)
The Forge in Fiskars celebrated its tenth anniversary in its new premises last Sunday. The forge belongs to Upi Anttila, a master blacksmith who previously worked out of the former plow workshop. The new forge behind the Granary was completed in 1999. The celebrations included hot sausages and naturally hot iron: guests had the opportunity to try their hand at forging, making hair pins and door latches under the supervision of the hosts. At the Forge you can watch blacksmiths at work, buy wrought iron items ranging from weather vanes to tube squeezers, and forge your own items (by arrangement only). Open daily 11am–6pm.
Delicious news! (08 May 2009)
This summer tastes of chocolate! Petri Siren has opened a chocolate shop in the old workers' tenements by the Fiskars main road. In addition to handmade chocolates, you can enjoy coffee, cakes and savory delights. Siren is an ambassador of Belgian chocolate in Finland, a recognition awarded to a handful of professionals. PetriS opened doors in early May and will stay open until 27 September, Tuesdays to Sundays 11am - 5pm.
New shops and artisans in Peltorivi (22 Apr 2009)
The old Fiskars factory building (number 27 on the map) has new residents. The linen makers LinLin moved their shop here from the former workers’ tenements this spring. The production of the company’s PilviPisara range has already been housed in the facility for 9 years; now it shares room with the shop.
In addition to clothes, the shop offers small, lovely items perfect for the bathroom, kitchen and table. LinLin is open Tue-Thu and Sat-Sun noon-5pm (closed Mon and Fri).
LinLin's old neighbor, Nanna Bayer’s ceramics shop, is also about to move to the old factory. In addition to original, colorful neriage items, the workshop offers various courses in ceramics.
The third newcomer to the block is Fiskarsin Puusepät cabinetmakers. They specialize in high-quality furniture and related items, from individual prototypes to larger series. Thanks to the new premises, the company tripled their work space, and also recruited new staff. The workshop is open by agreement.
New works on display in Kantti Gallery (13 Mar 2009)
There is constantly something happening in the Onoma Shop, with new products arriving throughout the spring. The latest news is the new display in the Kantti Gallery, which is part of the shop. On the lower level there is a series of watercolors by Katri Pailos, themed around the fragility and uniqueness of the Baltic Sea.
On the upper level there are new works by nine artists: Eeva-Kaisa Ailus, Soili Arha, Lino Garghentino, Hanne Horte, Sade Kahra, Paula Kovalainen, Anja Snellman, Viivi Varesvuo and Katja Öhrnberg.
Fiskars Village exhibition reopens in Mexico (26 Feb 2009)
The Artisans, Designers and Artists Co-operative of Fiskars exhibition opened on 21 February 2009 at the Centro Cultural Santo Domingue, Oaxaca, and will continue until 26 April. The exhibition has previously been on display in two venues: at the Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City from March 2008, and the Centro Cultural Clavijero, Morelia, Michoacán from July 2008. Although the exhibition officially ended at Morelia on 28 September, it was extended for a few days at the personal request of the Prince of Spain, who visited the city. The exhibition has gained wide coverage in the media, including TV, newspapers and radio. The exhibition attracted almost 50,000 visitors in Mexico City, and some 15,000 in Michoacán.
Winter season news (10 Feb 2009)
The CASE in point exhibition at the Copper Smithy is open Monday-Friday noon-5pm until 26 April. The display showcases boxes, vessels and all kinds of containers understood both as everyday items and pieces of art, along with a bit of history. Innovative, skilfully made items are also on sale.
The Restaurant Kuparipaja in the same building has been closed for kitchen refurbishment since January. The doors will open again on February 19, after which the establishment will be open daily as usual.
Many shops are open throughout the year; please refer to the home page for up-to-date information on opening hours. Don't forget to check the current weather from our webcam when planning a visit.
Fiskars Village welcomes Christmas (01 Jan 2009)
Fiskars Village is filled with Christmas atmosphere, although the beautiful snow cover melted away after a few days. Saturday 28 November saw the opening of the Fiskars Museum Christmas exhibition, themed this year around angels, and the Copper Smithy exhibition exploring boxes and vessels. These historical, practical, artistic, insightful and plain funny objects are on display until April. Much is happening this Christmas season: see the Exhibitions and events page for more information.
Blacksmith Upi Anttila has been granted award (10 Oct 2008)
Upi Anttila, a Fiskars-based blacksmith, has been granted the Wihuri Foundation Käden taito handicraft award for his achievements in maintaining and developing Finnish blacksmithing. A master of traditional blacksmithing, Anttila also excels in creating contemporary designs. Anttila collaborates with various schools, training new generations of smiths through apprenticeship programs. He is also actively involved in professional associations and events. Anttila has worked in Fiskars since 1992. Anttila has created many commissioned works both in Fiskars and elsewhere, including the railings of Fiskars Wärdshus hotel and the Onoma shop's security grate, which was designed by the artist Jukka Mäkelä.
Howard Smith’s exhibition Party 45 will be opened in Copper Smithy (01 Oct 2008)
The extensive oeuvre of the artist Howard Smith will be presented to the public in an exhibition opening at the Copper Smithy at Fiskars on the 5th of October. Howard Smith is especially known in the fields of design and applied art. Familiar items designed by him include ceramics for the Arabia factory and printed fabrics for the Vallila Interiors company. Howard Smith was awarded the State Design Prize in 2001 in recognition of his wide-ranging achievements in this sector. Smith also operates with ease in the various genres of the visual arts. The exhibition at the Copper Smithy at Fiskars presents the amazingly wide scope of Howard Smith’s art from over the past 45 years, with focus on his most recent works. His sculptures can be seen around in the village during the fall.
Howard Smith has lived in Finland since 1962 and in Fiskars since 1996 and he is an honorary member of the Artisans, Designers and Artists Cooperative of Fiskars. The opening will include the launch of Howard Smith, a richly illustrated biographical work on Howard Smith issued by LIKE publishers. Edited by the architect Jussi Suomala, the book contains texts by the editor and by Tim Steffa MA, the architect and professor Juhani Pallasmaa and industrial designer Barbro Kulvik.
The Copper Smithy, Fiskars 5 October - 23 November 2008, opening on Saturday 4 October at 2 p.m. Open Tue. – Sun. Noon – 5 p.m., admission fee 2€
Ceramic events in Fiskars 13-14 September (03 Sep 2008)
The international ceramic exhibition Tulessa syntynyt, features work by leading ceramists from around the world. In conjunction with this, Fiskars will stage Finland's first International Ceramics Fair, September 13-14th. Together, these events aim to raise awareness of - and stimulate appreciation for - ceramic art in Finland. Finnish and foreign potters displaying and selling their own domestic and artistic ceramics on Ceramics Market on Sat 13th – Sun 14th September. Dance performance “Maa oli autio ja tyhjä” is presented in the ceramic exhibition on Sat 13th at 8 pm. The well known Danish ceramist Thyge Thomasen and his workgroup will be building the sculpture before the actual event and the final stage of the firing of the work is timed to Saturday evening 9 pm., when the approximately 1000°C glowing sculpture will be revealed to the public. More information in Exhibitions & events and www.keramiikkamarkkinat.com
New look for Onoma (27 May 2008)
The Onoma Shop of the Artisans, Designers and Artists Cooperative of Fiskars has been completely refurbished. Both the sales facilities and the visual identity have been revamped, and the shop now features an artist presentation changing monthly. Moreover, Onoma has opened an online shop for its most popular items, which make excellent gifts. www.onoma.org/
Summer exhibitions open on 10 May 2008 (13 May 2008)
The Fiskars Village summer season began on Saturday, 10 May with the opening of the summer exhibitions. The 15th summer of Fiskars exhibitions consists of two shows, the Tulessa syntynyt (Born in fire) international ceramics exhibition and Simple Life, which presents contemporary Finnish art. Both shows are arranged by the Designers, Artisans and Artists of Fiskars Co-operative Onoma. Ingmar Lindberg, the chairman of the co-operative and Executive Vice President of Fiskars Corporation, officially opened the exhibitions, and Mårten Johansson, the city manager of the future city of Raseborg (2009), gave a speech. Moreover, two honorary members of the co-operative, Howard Smith and Stig Nordman, were given special presents. A beautiful, warm summer’s day and two splendid exhibitions guaranteed a great atmosphere.
Paintings by Segerstråle at museum's summer exhibition (07 May 2008)
'Fiskars museum''s summer exhibition Lennart Segerstråle''s Fiskars was opened 1 May. Lennart Segerstråle (1892-1975) was a famous Finnish monumental painter. During this summer Segerstråle''s paintings from Fiskars can be seen at the museum. 1 May - 30 Sep daily 11am-4pm Entrance fee 2,50/2/1 €
Fiskars Design Village exhibition in Mexico 7 March - 8 June 2008 (06 Mar 2008)
The Artisans, Designers and Artists Co-operative of Fiskars will be showcasing itself in Mexico, invited by the Franz Mayer Museum, the most important museum of arts and crafts in the country. Hèctor Rivero Borrell, the director of the museum, visited Fiskars and was inspired to organise an exhibition presenting the Fiskars Village community and their creations. 38 members of the co-operative will participate in the exhibition. Other current shows at the Franz Mayer Museum include the Marimekko exhibition curated by the Design Museum in Helsinki and an exhibition featuring the production of Eero Aarnio.
Celebration time at Fiskars Wärdshus (11 Feb 2008)
Founded in 1836, Fiskars Wärdshus has a long and vibrant history. Marja and Patrick Karlsson took over in 1998 and now celebrate their 10th anniversary at the helm of this venerable inn. The Karlsson era has seen Wärdshus rising to the top league in Finnish cuisine, awarded by the Finnish Chefs Association. But the Wärdshus is not merely a restaurant, it is also a high-quality hotel. With the new annex completed in 2003, the hotel today has 15 double rooms. The anniversary was merrily celebrated on Saturday, 9 February 2008.
Win a dream day in Fiskars (30 Jan 2008)
Are you a Finnish resident? Take part in Tammi Publishers' competition and win a Dream Day in Fiskars Village for yourself and four friends! The competition has ended on 14, February 2008.
New Fiskars Village brochure now available (28 Jan 2008)
Download our new brochure here (pdf). A revised edition will come out in March when the location and and the opening hours of the Iittala store are announced.
Pro Finlandia Medal to the artist Jukka Mäkelä (03 Jan 2008)
Jukka Mäkelä, visual artist (b. 1949), has been awarded the Order of the Lion of Finland Pro Finlandia Medal, the highest presidential award in culture in Finland. Living and working in Fiskars, Jukka Mäkelä is one of the most acclaimed artists in Finland, with many public works in places like Oulu Music Center and the Olari church in Espoo. His works are included in many notable collections. Mäkelä’s career comprises a series of stylistic shifts. In the 1970s he was known as a lyrical constructivist, in the 1980s as a heroic, down-to-earth expressionist, and since as an aesthete with increasing qualities of subtlety and fragility.
Sparkling Eyes opened the Christmas Season (03 Jan 2008)
YThe theme of the exhibition Sparkling Eyes is humour which is rare in jewellery or in the field of design in general. Jewellery of unusual materials with sense of humour and insightsfull can be seen in the exhibition in the Coppersmithy until the end of April Tue-Sun noon – 5 pm (entrance 2 €, children under 16 years free of charge)
Iittala shop opens (23 Nov 2007)
Iittala's Christmas Shop opens in Kantti Gallery on Saturday 24, November at noon. The shop is open Tue-Sun noon-5 pm until Jan, 6 2008 (closed on 24, 25 Dec and 1, Jan). Iittala Group is part of Fiskars Corporation since August, 2007.
Butiken på Landet 1 year in Fiskars (07 Nov 2007)
Butiken på Landet Shop celebrates its one year anniversary in Fiskars Sat 17 – Sun 18 at 11 am – 4 pm serving coffee and cake. In the shop you can find quality clothing for both women and men.
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Glassblowing attracts visitors (16 Oct 2007)
For seven years, Fiskars has been the home for glass studio Bianco Blu. At the studio, you can witness glassblower brothers Tarmo and Reima Maaronen at work and hear them talk about their work, or take part in the popular glassblowing courses. For more information on Bianco Blu and access to the newly-added online shop, visit their new website at
PhotoExhibition opens the Autumn season (07 Oct 2007)
Exhibition Motifs - Finnish photographic art was opened on Saturday Oct. 7. The audience took a closer look at the works which theme is nature, the relationship of the individual to the society and the environments. Differents motifs of the works, like the narrative and the composition, intermingle with each other and works as a base for viewers interpretation. The exhibition is open Tue-Sun noon - 5 pm, untill Novermber 18th.
Artist lecture Sat 29th Sept (25 Sep 2007)
Alba D’Urbano, who is participating int the exhibitions Transparent is giving a lecture in FiskarsForum Sat 29th, Sept. at 4 pm (in English, free of charge). The lecture within the exhibition “Transparent” is focused on some artistic projects she realized from 1995 to 2005 and deals with the topic of the relationship among body, space, object’s world and media. Among the topics she will speak about the projects “Hautnah” and “Il Sarto Immortale”. More about her art www.durbano.de.
ONOMA-group at Habitare (28 Aug 2007)
A group of ten Fiskars-village designers, artisans and artists producing mainly works for interiors are participating at the Habitare-fair under the group name ONOMA (department 5d19)19-23.9.2007. The theme of the ONOMA-group for this fair is a fictional second-home in Japan, chosen because of the groups´general many-sided contacts with Japanese culture. The participants are: Soili Arha, Markku Kosonen, Rudi Merz, Camilla Moberg, Tuulia Penttilä, Anneli Sainio, Rutsuko Sakata, Riitta Talonpoika, Karin Widnäs and Kari Virtanen. www.finnexpo.fi/habitare
Website praised, scissors to winners (11 Jun 2007)
Thank you for everyone who completed our website survey! We were pleased to hear that most of you liked the site, which was particularly commended for its clarity. We will be continually improving the site on the basis of the feedback and promise to pay special attention to opening hours information. Ten lucky winners of the survey draw have been sent a pair of Fiskars Classic scissors, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.
Exhibitions are open! (12 May 2007)
The exhibitions Transparent and Points of View were opened on Saturday May 12 in Fiskars Village. The audience enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather accompanied by the local school orchestra. The exhibitions were opened by Fiskars Corporate Vice President Ingmar Lindberg and the main speech was given by Cultural Minister Stefan Wallin.
Fiskars Orvis Shop opened (09 May 2007)
Fiskars Orvis Pro Shop has opened its doors in the Granary, celebrating the season's start on Thursday, 10 May 2007. Orvis boasts a wide range of fishing gear, clothing and gifts and fishing services. Try fly fishing in the River Fiskars and nearby ponds: Orvis will provide all the necessary permits and guides for fishing trips. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Sat-Sun 9am-5pm.
Tourism award to Fiskars Village (14 Apr 2007)
Fiskars Village has won The Royal Destination Award for Sustainable Tourism 2007. The aim of the award is to recognise destinations engaged in outstanding and innovative sustainable practises in tourism. The award is handed out by Royal Awards for Sustainability together with DestiLink, now for the first time.
Fiskars Village shortlisted for tourism awards (13 Apr 2007)
Fiskars Village is among three finalists in The Royal Destination Award for Sustainable Tourism 2007. The winner will be announced in a conference and gala to be held in St Andrews, Scotland on 13 April 2007. More information at www.tourismaward.net
Fiskars Wärdshus website relaunched (02 Apr 2007)
Hotel Restaurant Fiskars Wärdshus has relaunched its website.
The Earth Collection in Fiskars (27 Mar 2007)
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The Earth Collection will open a shop in Fiskars at Easter, on Friday, 6 April at noon. Detailed information about opening hours can be found at our home page and the Earth Collection website.
Buster boats visit Fiskars Village (23 Mar 2007)
Buster boats celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. The manufacturer, Inha Works, is part of Fiskars Corporation. To mark the occasion, the boats made a grand appearance in Fiskars Village 22 March 2007.
Artist-in-residence blogs about Fiskars Village (09 Mar 2007)
New Fiskars Village brochure now available (18 Jan 2007)
Download the new brochure here (pdf).
Fiskars Village at the Matka 2007 fair (15 Jan 2007)
We will be at the Matka 2007 fair together with Svartå Manor and Billnäs. Come and get our new brochure and information about what is happening in Fiskars village this year! You will find us at stand 1a1.
Butiken på landet arrives in Fiskars (15 Jan 2007)
Kullo Gård has opened a Butiken på Landet shop in Fiskars (Kardusen, Peltorivi 6, nr 23 on the Fiskars map).
Olavi Lindén receives the Kaj Franck Prize (14 Jan 2007)
Olavi Lindén, head designer at Fiskars, receives the Kaj Franck Design Prize 2006.