Virkki Home Tours


Group presentations by agreement.


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5€/person (max. group size 20), group guide 60€



Harmony of colours and shapes


Merikannontie 3 B 32
00260 Helsinki


The home of Counsellor-in-Craft Tyyne-Kerttu Virki reflects the interior design ideals of the 1940s and 1960s. Tyyne-Kerttu Virkki lived most of her life in an apartment building designed by architect Elsi Borg, at the address Merikannontie 3. Virkki moved into the newly completed house in 1952 and lived there until her death. In her life and work, Virkki spoke for the beauty of everyday life. She donated her home in trust; it gives a picture of the interior design ideals of the late 1940s and early 1950s, a time when the aesthetics of our physical environment began to become increasingly more interesting.


The Virkki House shows the appreciation of the spiritual artistic design of intensifying modernism. Post-war reconstruction and urbanisation created a new purposeful and aesthetically sustainable residential environment. The interior design principle was the use of individual furniture instead of earlier heavy-duty furniture sets.


The furniture acquired by Virkki was designed by e.g. Aili Kalske, Lasse Ollinkari, Lilli Kolmijoki-Halonen, Mirja Milén-Panula and Werner West. Mention for lighting design should be given to Paavo Tynellin and Tapio Wirkkala. The ceramic art acquired for the home is represented by the works of Rut Bryk, Toini Muona and Raija Tuum; Textile artists include Maija Kansanen and Margaretha Ahlstedt-Willandt. 


Virkki's home was presented in the magazine Omin käsin in 1957 in the article ”Virkanainen sisustaa kodin”. The article explains how “the hallmark is the fusion of colors, shapes and different styles into a harmonious whole. Although the interior has been accomplished with a few pieces of furniture, they serve it more appropriately to the homeowner. The feeling of airiness has not been forgotten, nor has putting the most modern items next to valuable objects been avoided”.


Designed by architect Elsi Borg, the building follows the trend of the late 1940s. It is characterised by softness and proportionate scale. Clarity and functionality are emphasised in the design of the apartment. Despite its small size (80 m2), the apartment is spacious and downright luxurious in times of regulation and scarcity.