Friday, November 23, 2012

Ulpu sketches for calling cards

Illustration Pyynö Hietajärvi

Illustration Pyynö Hietajärvi

Illustration Pyynö Hietajärvi

Pyynö made sketches of Ulpu the Assistant for PoVintage calling cards and label tags.  I'll post some pictures of them once they come out of the press.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Playing on the Po boombox: Ren Harvieu

Album cover photo via

I only recently found out about British musician Ren Harvieu. I got her album 'Through the Night' and I'm completely blown away... Only 22-years old yet what a voice and charisma.

Needless to say I also love her sense of style.


Monday, November 19, 2012

The world according to Göta

Overview of Göta. | Photo Salla Poutiainen
(Click the photo to enlarge)

I visited a truly inspiring and unique place last week. It was an antique shop called Götan Maailma (engl. Göta’s World). Located in the Punavuori area of Helsinki, the little boutique filled with eclectic memorabilia and beautiful furniture offered a true haven of peace compared to the hectic atmosphere of the main streets.

Some of the stuffed animals I've previously seen have been a bit eerie, but all the pleasant little fellows at Göta really stole my heart away. | Photo Salla Poutiainen

The thing that really struck me about this place was how coherently put together everything was. Beginning from the gorgeous, marine themed display window to the lovely entryway decorated with old newspapers, continueing to the shop itself, the whole place really had a spirit of its own.

Sea gulls gazing over at Tarkk'ampujankatu from Göta's display window. | Photo Salla Poutiainen

From Göta you can even find a human skull among with variety of other bones.
Photo Salla Poutiainen

Nothing was just tossed in randomly, everything had its own special place. The shop even has it’s own signature scent (mix made of tobacco, tar, apple, cinnamon, carnation and amber) which I personally found incredibly appealing, since scent design is something that is often completely neglected when planning shop concepts.  

Tortoise shells, old paintings and graphiques decorate the walls. | Photo Salla Poutiainen


An elk should always wear a straw hat. Photo Salla Poutiainen

Götan Maailma is ran by Thomas Hamberg, who co-owns the place with his parents. The range of items found from their collections include stuffed animals, bones, skulls, insects, medical antique and old paintings & litography (and I'm only mentioning a fraction here).

Thomas' Boston Terrier Aimo holds court on the floral sofa. | Photo Salla Poutiainen

Götan Maailma, Tarkk'ampujankatu 11, Helsinki.
Open: Mon-Fri 10-18 Sat 10-15

Götan maailma is named after Hambergs' great ant, who was
also an enthusiastic collector. Photo via Götan Maailma.

Summarized: absolutely amazing place. If you haven’t yet visited, I strongly recommend you do. Places like this don’t come across often (especially in Finland) so it’s most definitely worth it.

You can find more information about Göta from their Fb page here.


Ps. December’s My Vintage Precious will feature something really cool from Thomas Hamberg so remember to check it out!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

60's night cape

Photo Salla Poutiainen

This Sunday's newbie at PoVintage is this super cute 1960's lace night cape with a matching slip. More photos here.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

The PoVintage Team

Pyynö made some caricatures of us.

It seems all we're lacking is a theme song... Something like this might be fun (with more customer friendly lyrics of course):

Theme song from Team America: World Police, 2004. 


Friday, November 16, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Vintage Precious: Lasse Ursin's Desk

My Vintage Precious is a monthly series where I ask people working on the creative field to share their most beloved second hand possessions and reveal the stories behind them.

Photo © Salla Poutiainen |
Painting on the background by Pyynö Hietajärvi

"My favorite vintage possession is an old school desk that’s been on my family all my life. When I was a kid, the desk served as a craft table for me and my siblings. Later when we were older, it was placed on the verandah of our house where it was used as a smoking table. When I moved on my own, I took the desk with me.

Photo © Salla Poutiainen

Depending on where I lived, the desk has been placed either outside on the balcony or indoors. The table’s legs are very short, and as a grown-up, my own legs couldn’t fit under it anymore. I resolved the issue by adding wheels on to it. Besides being more spacious, it’s now easy to move around when need it.  

Maybe because it’s an old school desk every time I sit on front of it, I instantly get in to a 'work mode'. Even though it's now located at my home, not my studio space, it works as a kind of a mini-office where I edit my videos and do all the writing stuff.

Photo © Salla Poutiainen

Since the desk has been kept outdoors, the surface is very rustic and aged. When we were kids, me, my brother and sister used to carve things on it. I actually still sometimes do that. If I get preoccupied I may write, paint or carve something on it. I like the fact that the table is a piece which surface is always in constant change." 

Photo © Salla Poutiainen

Thank you very much for Lasse sharing his story!

Lasse Ursin is a visual artist residing in Lahti, Finland. If you want to get to know his kinetic sculptures, you can visit his home page here:

To connect with Lasse, go to his Fb page:

The cool shirt that he is wearing on the photos is Hydra’s. Hydra is a Lahti based art collective where Lasse is a member. If you want to order one of their t-shirts, you can contact the guys via email: hydralahti [at] Hydra is also found online here:


Ps. Want to be featured in MVP? If you feel that you have an interesting story to tell, feel free to contact me at salla [at]