Vintage, design and the power of creativity
Folks have started to call Kouvola the Berlin of Finland. You should start your trip to Berlin by visiting Kuusankoski Art Factory.
Kuusankoski - Art Factory operates in an old factory building at Kymintehdas. Now it is sprouting new life. A centre for artists and craftspersons has established itself in the redbrick former central warehouse. There are graphic designers, photographers, glass artists and furniture restorers.
Jewellers and craftspersons make products and sell them from their little shops. Glass, wood, concrete, wool, clay and metals have all been endowed with new characteristic forms of expression.
People may come and visit all year round, especially at weekends. It is worth attending events days at Art Factory, as it is then that pop-up stalls and other surprises appear in the inner courtyards and lobbies of the brick building.
The centre of our Berlin
The first company to set up at Art Factory was TaideTupa PikkuSelma, in whose shop you can go to watch the craft of some of art’s rising stars. The shop also has monthly changing exhibitions in Galleria Pado.
Nowadays, Art Factory is also home to a shop for vintage clothing, interior decoration boutiques, a flea market and, as one of the newest arrivals, Café Ruukitar opened by the Tuomo’s organic bakery on the ground floor with a big terrace. The building also contains rentable facilities suitable for events.
A fundamental part of Art Factory’s interiors are the old reels and pulp bales that serve as tables, as well as the patina-covered transport pallets that have been made into comfortable stools. You can keep track of the events in Taideruukki by following Pato Klubi and TaideTupa PikkuSelma on social media.