Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Made in Finland
Above: It all started with lambswool 100 years ago. Below left: Helsinki City Theatre chose Annala. Photo: Miika Storm. Below right: Tradition meets modern technology in Annala textiles.
Woven secrets There is more to fabric than just beauty. Fire-proofing, durability, antibacterial features, anti-mite functionality for protection against bugs, plus special features surrounding mobile technology and electricity – all these valuable assets can be woven into a piece of fabric. By Taina Värri | Photos: K & H Annala Oy
The only Finnish interior textile manufacturer, Annala, has just celebrated its first 100 years of craftsmanship and fabric manufacturing. The felted lambswool boots started the mill that now produces modern interior textiles for shipping companies, public spaces and private customers.
times by temporarily commissioned talents. Annala also collaborates with major design houses in Finland and at the University of Lapland. Private customers and interior designers can keep their hopes high with Annala too: vintage automobiles, sailboats and various special occasions have been successfully decorated with Annala textiles.
So soft, yet so tough The yarns are made in Europe by certified manufacturers. There are no poisonous substances or harmful metals, and the whole production chain is ethically transparent. You can sit in the theatre and enjoy the show; the seat feels so nice and the fabric so soft – yet there is all this safety and purity woven into your comfort at the same time. There are special textiles for military use too. It has something to do with electricity and radar signals, though perhaps the precise knowhow behind these designs should remain top secret!
It takes a few kilometres of fabric to cover the interiors of, say, a fleet of Caribbean cruisers. When a hotel chain refreshes its brand, it needs a unique look and feel for specially themed rooms. The Finnish Parliament House renovates its wall acoustics strictly in keeping with the original look and feel of the building. And they all turn to Annala. All designs are Finnish – sometimes made by in-house designers, some86 | Issue 111 | April 2018
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