By now you know about my immense love for Finland, the Finnish people, and Finnish design. After attending Helsinki Design Week this past September I have a great appreciation for the simple yet thoughtful designs the Fins manage to come up with. So when I heard of the DIY book OK Omin Kasin by Scandinavian bloggers Riikka Kantinkoski and Susanna Vento, I was dying to take a look. Thankfully the publisher, WSOY, was kind enough to send me a copy, so I could get my Finnish design fix. I have to tell you, it’s a beautiful book!
You may be wondering how I got through this book when it’s not written in English. That’s the beauty of DIY, the pictures share most of the details. I obviously missed a few things here and there but for the most part the authors did a wonderful job of translating their thoughts through imagery.
The book is divided into four categories, including decor, children, style, recycled objects. It’s interesting to see the objects the authors thought of with everyday objects, or things you may look past while shopping in a craft store.
My favorite ideas in the book are those that are home decor related. Although some of the jewelry pieces caught my eye, I love that you can make use of ordinary things like pipes and bolts or wood and screws to create a hanging rack for clothes.
I haven’t yet found out where we can buy OK Omin Kasin in the US, but if you’d like you can use this international link. If any publishers are looking to publish in English, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll update you if I hear of anything else!