The Home of Nikari
On our home in Fiskars village, an epicenter of Finnish design. The landscape changes drastically after the turn from the main road towards Fiskars. A tunnel through a rock almost doubles as a gate to peaceful, fairytale-like scenery. On the right side of the road glimmers the lake Borgbyträsket and by the road age-old trees stand tall, welcoming every visitor – as they have been doing for decades. The one of a kind forest cover, closeness to nature and lush combination of 16 tree types create a fascinating and unique biodiversity that can’t be found anywhere else in Finland.
Situating less than a hundred kilometres west from Helsinki, Fiskars is a significant, gathering force in the field of Finnish handicrafts, art and design. Situated on the place of a former municipality Pohja, Fiskars iron works was founded in 1649 and the place now inhabits several artists, craftsmen and designers that work, get inspired by the unique nature and other creatives of the area. Fiskars’ population is about 600 people. During the summer time the place bustles with plenty of people visiting the area. Accommodation services, restaurants and culture happenings ensure enjoyable pastime also during winter periods.
Nikari moved to Fiskars in 1993. An old machine works built in 1837 was the new location for the company to continue on evolving and growing. The river Fiskars’ rapid next to the studio was again equipped to produce electricity for the workshop in 2014 and with the saw mill close by Nikari has closely collaborated from the very beginning. The area is an incomparable working environment for cabinetmakers: connection to the nature is immediate and the life cycle of the wood material remains tangible.