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Finland House Lighting Catalogue

Finland House Lighting Catalogue

Finland House

The Finland House in New York was one of the most ambitious and successful projects of all time to showcase Finnish design on an international level.

It was established on behalf of the Finnish American Trading Corporation in 1947 and is located in the heart of Manhattan. The Finland house is a gallery-showroom, restaurant and office complex.


The lighting company Oy Taito AB was co-founded by Pavoo Tynell, a Finnish designer (25-01-1890 – 13-09-1973). He led the company and worked as chief designer until 1954.

Tynell’s best-known works include designing the lighting for the Lasipalatsi (the glass palace) in Helsinki and implementing the lighting of the UN Secretary-General’s office.

From the 1930s to the 1950s, Tynell was one of the most popular lighting designers of public spaces. Alvar Aalto worked with Tynell in designing furnishings and lighting. Paavo Tynell’s spouse Helena was a glass designer since 1947.

In 1953, Idman Oy, acquired the majority of shares in Taito Oy. Paavo Tynell continued to work for the company on a freelance basis, through his own design firm.

Tynell is best known for the brass lamps he designed after the war, which were also exported to the United States. Tynell also designed unique luminaires for wealthy American homes. After breaking out of the design relationship with Idman, in the 1960s he designed lamps for American manufacturers Litecraft and Lightolier.