Arabia is one of Finland's best known and most highly regarded brands. For over 140 years, Arabia has held a strong position in Finnish homes.
Arabia is a pioneer of Finnish design and its designs express beauty, quality and practicality. Since 1873, Arabia has mirrored the times, with a commitment to strong, consumer-oriented design.
Arabia’s first factory buildings, for the manufacture of porcelain, earthenware and other types of pottery, were erected in 1874 on a plot of land carrying the same name on the northern outskirts of Helsinki. Production started in the Arabia porcelain factory in October 1874. Ceramics production in Finland was still in its infancy at the time, but demand was growing at a fast rate thanks to the booming economy.
The Moomins were created by Tove Jansson. She got inspired from life around her, friends and family members. Someone was full of love and joy and another was a little bit grumpy and loved solitude. All pure and beautiful such as they were. One could say that in the beginning the stories were written more for adults. Later they became children's favourites as well. Tove had an extraordinary skill to present everything in a positive way, she showed that life is beautiful as it is and we should enjoy it! With her stories Tove created a life philosophy.
The Arabia museum was founded in 1948 and is currently part of the Finnish Design Museum.
The museum displays collections of Arabia artists from the past to the present day. A visit to the museum will call up vivid memories of table settings from the past. For further information on Arabia’s old series, please see the Finnish Design Museum website. (See related info)
The Arabia museum is located on the 9th floor, which is accessed by the lifts next to the Iittala Outlet Arabia entrance, on the right-hand side.
Iittala Outlet Arabia offers the joy of discovery the Arabia brands. With a wide selection of products from the leading home and decoration brands of Fiskars as Iittala, Fiskars, Arabia and Hackman. The store also provides affordable special lots and second rate products.