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Spotting My Book at Oodi

What a pleasant surprise to spot my own book at the Helsinki Central Library Oodi!


Foraging Yellowfoot

Yellowfoot mushrooms (Craterellus tubaeformis) grow late into the autumn. When I went waking in a national park in Helsinki, I found so many unexpectedly. Here are some beauty shots from the forests to my kitchen counter.

Perho Töölö Proffa Facade Photo: Naomi Moriyama

Perho Learning Diary Day 1

In September 2023, I started a travel guide services professional degree program at Perho Liiketalousopisto (Culinary, Travel & Business Collage). It is a comprehensive hands-on course with a goal of becoming a certified hospitality industry guide. On this page, I keep a learning journal.

The photo of the Oiva Toikka illustrations on the Proffa facade is grainy because the weather was overcast on the first day. I will take another one on another day, and replace it with a sunny version.

NORDIC KOIVU in a basket

フィンランド北カレリア県の大自然から届ける食のシンフォニー 03

フィンランド北カレリア県のNORDIC KOIVU白樺樹液は、世界で一番清らかな地下水を吸収して育つ白樺から採集され、世界の飲料業へ提供されている。


Artek Stool 60 Sleeping Beauty

Sustainable design born 90 years ago: Stool 60

August 24, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama

Artek 2nd Cycle celebrates Stool 60’s 90th Anniversary with the “Decades” exhibition

Today’s business discussion would not be complete unless it included sustainability, but was it so 90 years ago?

Three bent wooden legs, one flat circular seat and nine nails. Stool 60 (1933) is a minimalist, functionalist, original sustainable invention that has endured in longevity and durability.

In Japan, Artek Tokyo collaborated with Paris-based Japanese architect Tsuyoshi Tane, and created “Stool 60 Sleeping Beauty,” the 90th Anniversary limited edition.

Tane buried raw birch sections from Finland in soils collected from different sites in Japan. He achieved, after numerous experiments, three different hues, yellow, black and white, as wood’s fiber absorbed the unique minerals and compounds of the soils.

These limited editions are available at Artek Tokyo only.

Tour Helsinki through Paavo Tynell’s lights Paavo Tynell’s legendary lights – now also available as design reissues from Gubi – illuminate Helsinki’s most prestigious public spaces and institutions


August 15, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama

Paavo Tynell (1890 – 1973) was a metalsmith, internationally famed Finnish lighting designer, and co-founder and chief designer of Taito Oy, established in 1818 as the first industrial producer of lighting fixtures in Finland, with the goal of manufacturing objects from gold, silver, bronze, and iron. 

Tynell’s lighting designs from the 1930s to 1950s are illuminating some of the most prominent public spaces in Helsinki to this day. Anyone can walk into these buildings right now to be awed by their sculptural beauty and be emotionally uplifted by the intricate light-shadow ambiance that fills the spaces.

AALTO2 Article on


May 31, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama

Aalto2 realizes Alvar Aalto’s vision of creating a forum for a variety of art forms: art and science, cultural environments, architecture and design

Naomi Moriyama Photo Elina Simonen

Press: PAPERSKY Japan Stories 日本語

May 22, 2023 著・インタビュー 唐川 靖弘

Wallpaper* article by Naomi Moriyama


May 26, 2023 by Naomi Moriyama

Is Spinnova the world’s most sustainable fibre?

Spinnova – 100 per cent natural, biodegradable and recyclable, with zero microplastics – is now being used by some of the world’s biggest apparel brands. Wallpaper* takes a look inside the brand’s new Finnish factory