....the Finnish design! I was in awe of items seen in shops and the Design Museum alike: all of a very unique style that is really attractive. Pictured are the Marimekko (amazing patterned fabric) and Iittala (glass, glass, glass) boutiques, and some glass items by glass artist Oiva Toikka, of whom we saw a retrospective at the aforementioned museum. The clear glass sculptures, pictured at the top, with abstract (but to me they are sea-creatures) glass forms inside them are some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, and the skill and work in them was absolutely mind-boggling. His signature collection of bird sculptures (such as the owls at the bottom) were very pretty, and particularly interesting for their likenesses to the real things, even when totally abstract. Now that is real talent! I was extremely impressed.