An ode to modernity: a tubular steel classic in Helsinki’s Hotel Torni
Hotel Torni became an architectural sensation in Helsinki and beyond when it opened its doors in 1931, and is still one of Finland’s premier addresses to this day. “Torni” is the Finnish word for “tower” and the hotel once dominated the Helsinki skyline, only losing its status as the country’s tallest building in 1976. Guests are treated to breathtaking views of the city from the 14-storey structure. The tall windows and the light colour scheme chosen for the walls and curtains, combined with the warm wood of the parquet flooring, lend the minimalist rooms a lightness and brightness that are as striking now as they were in the 1930s. Almost a century later, guests from across the world still enjoy all that is special about this establishment in Helsinki’s Design District. The hotel has been modernised many times over the years, but always with the utmost respect for its very special history.
Following the most recent renovation, iconic tubular steel chairs by Thonet, designed by Mart Stam and popularised in the 1930s, now take pride of place in the guest rooms. These pieces echo the purist aesthetics of the period when the hotel was built, while their all-black finish gives a contemporary twist.