From fashion to home, we focus on simplicity and “Nordic Living” — trends that are taking root here in America. For 40 years, the museum has thrived in this supportive community. Now, in our new, exciting and prominent home, we can offer the same personal and friendly Nordic service, right in the heart of downtown Ballard. Our store is a showcase, and at the same time, a welcoming “living room” and gathering space for the entire community.
Founded in 1881, Iittala is as iconic as it gets. With designs from Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto, and Kaj Franck, it has easily established itself as a leading Finnish design company. Iittala’s mission is to offer aesthetically and functionally durable products that bring enjoyment and pleasure to everyday life. Iittala objects are designed to be used together, alone, and in all environments. Their products include glassware, art objects, and even textiles; these come in a variety of styles, prints and patterns.
Marimekko is a Finnish design company renowned for its original prints and colors. The company’s product portfolio includes high-quality clothing, bags, and accessories as well as home décor items ranging from textiles to tableware. Bursting onto the scene in the ’60s and ’70s, Marimekko has established itself in the worlds of fashion, design, textiles, and pop culture and is globally recognized as a leader in the Finnish textile industry.
Retap bottles are dishwasher safe, heat-resistant, and made from the same durable glass as lab equipment. There are no edges where bacteria can accumulate and grow, and the bottles are designed in Denmark and manufactured in Europe to help reduce environmental impact and plastic waste. Save the environment — and enhance your own environment — all at once!
Founded in Denmark in 1775 by Queen Juliane Marie, Royal Copenhagen is famous for its immaculate hand-painted porcelain. Quality and craftsmanship were, and remain, central to the brand. Each piece is painted by an artist in Denmark, using their own style and method. Each piece of high-quality porcelain is unique, yet speaks to the legacy, history, and quality of the company.
Since 1904 Georg Jensen has represented quality craftsmanship and timeless Danish design. The philosophy of Georg Jensen himself was to create democratic designs reflecting Danish functionality and timeless beauty. Georg Jensen’s style embraced the Art Nouveau lines of the day, and the company blends this seamlessly with a contemporary Nordic aesthetic.
Artist collaborations allow us to experience art and history in our everyday lives. We carry a range of small artist-made and -inspired pieces, relevant to our current collections. Small mementos, prints and posters, collaborative items, and specific literature and media about our current collections all allow for the Museum to come home with you!
Classic Nordic sweets and treats, rotating seasonally.
From classics to cookbooks, a curated selection of the best of Nordic literature.
A selection of handmade items from the Nordic states. Each item is handmade and reflective of the craftspeople, community, and culture. We work with artists from the Nordic countries, as well as their descendants who live all over the world!