Elsi Naemi Borg

Elsi Naemi Borg

Nastola, Finland, 1893 · Helsinki, Finland, 1958

Lastenlinna Children’s Hospital
Mannerheim Society for the Protection of Children, Helsinki, Finland

The Children hospital is an example of a melt of the functionalist approach, typical of the interwar period and followed in differentiating the functions and using concrete structures (see Alvar Aalto), and the return back to the romantic ideals.

Martta Martikainen-Ypyä

Martta Martikainen-Ypyä

Iisalmi, Finland, 1904 · Helsinki, Finland, 1992

Motor Battalion Barracks and Garage
Ministry of Defence, Helsinki, Finland

Functionality, durability and improved hygiene were the key issues sought by the Ministry of Defence of Finland in the 1930s. In that time, the building office employed about ten women.

Aino Maria Marsio Aalto

Aino Maria Marsio Aalto

Helsinki, Finland, 1894 · 1949

Glass Tableware
Produced by Karhula–Iittala, Helsinki, Finland

Within a search for versatility and space-saving, this glassware proves that essential and functional design can survive the test of time. The collection represents a good synthesis of the functionalist principles that aim to improve everyday life.