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20 Finnish Designs in TV and Film

Finnish design can be spotted all over media like movies and TV shows. While it may seem like background props to some, those who know and love these products can recognize them right away. We've rounded up 15 of our favorite finds in recent and classic media with links to shop some.

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1. Marimekko Unikko in Black-ish

This American comedy-drama follows the lives of an upper-middle class African American family. Broadcast on ABC, the sitcom featured Unikko pillows and curtains as part of its set design.

A still shot showing Marimekko Unikko items in the ABC show Black-ish.

2. iittala Sarjaton Mug in The Girl on the Train

The 2016 American mystery thriller The Girl on the Train is based on a book of the same name by Paula Hawkins. It stars Emily Blunt and Luke Evans, both of whom use iittala Sarjaton Metsa (Forest) mugs in the film.

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Characters from the film The Girl on the Train sip from iittala Sarjaton mugs in a kitchen scene.

3. iittala Origo Bowl in Along Came Polly

A scene in the 2004 romantic comedy Along Came Polly uses multiple iittala Origo bowls in a restaurant scene. The colorful stripes are the perfect complement to the film's lighthearted and quirky characters.

Origo Bowl
Polly (Jennifer Aniston) and Reuben (Ben Stiller) talk and dine alongside the classic striped dinnerware.

4. Marimekko Mugs in Suits

The American legal drama Suits stars the newly British royal Meghan Markle, so you know it's chocked full of good style. Marimekko Rasymatto (Rag Rug) and Siirtolapuutarha (Community Garden) mugs can be seen in the USA show.

Suits stars sipping in style. Image courtesy of Krista at

5. Marimekko Dress and Curtains in Sex and the City: The Movie

A film sequel to the wildly popular HBO series of the same name, Sex and the City: The Movie has featured Marimekko in both its home decor and fashion. Carrie's worn Marimekko dresses and incorporates Marimekko curtains into her fabulous New York apartment.

Sex and the City
Marimekko Tantsu (Dance) is the pattern that graces Carrie Bradshaw's windows above her desk in the 2008 film.

6. Marimekko Shower Curtain in Modern Family

As the name implies, the ABC hit Modern Family features modern design aplenty. Even the bathroom is styled with beautiful art; the Marimekko Kaiku shower curtain is instantly recognizable.

Modern Family
Mitchell from Modern Family, portrayed by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, brushes his teeth in from of a Marimekko shower curtain.

Modern Family
The Kaiku pattern by Maija Louekari is a popular one, and features Finland national tree: the silver birch.

7. Marimekko Unikko Bowl in Dexter

The Showtime series Dexter is about a vigilante serial killer, so this Marimekko Unikko bowl placement was some welcome cheer in the often dark and gruesome show.

Dexter (played by Michael C. Hall) and his girlfriend use a Marimekko Unikko serving bowl while cooking in an opening scene.

8. Marimekko Mugs in Pretty Little Liars

The American teen drama and thriller Pretty Little Liars is loosely based on books of the same name by Sara Shepard. Fans of the show will quickly pick up on how often the young women drink coffee, often gathering at the local coffee shop "The Brew." It's only fitting that this scene should feature the colorful Marimekko Rasymatto mugs.

Pretty Little Liars
Characters Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) and Paige (Lindsey Shaw) have a discussion over coffee using Marimekko mugs.

9. iittala Taika on Grace and Frankie

Two women (played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) are brought together after their husbands announce that they are in love and getting married. The American comedy features an abundance of iittala Taika dinnerware, from plates to mugs.

An iittala Taika espresso cup and saucer occupy a cluttered workspace.

An iittala Taika serving platter is eye-catching in this modern kitchen set.

10. Arabia Paratiisi Plate in Madam Secretary

This traditional Finnish plate appeared in the CBS show Madam Secretary. Arabia Paratiisi was designed by Birger Kaipiainen in 1969, but remains one of Finland's most beloved tableware motifs.

Madam Secretary
Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) passes the Arabia Paratiisi plate in this still shot.

11. Tulip Chairs in Star Trek

Even those not familiar with Finnish design may recognize these famous seats. It's amazing how a mid-century modern design can feel so futuristic and resonate with so many. Designed by Eero Saarinen, the Tulip chairs were a prominent part of the Star Trek set. It's been revealed that the chairs used were actually a reproduction by Burke, but the design is indeed still a Finnish one.

Star Trek
Star Trek has gained a cult-like following, much like the mid-century furniture used in the sets has.

12. Womb Chair in Down with Love

Down with Love came out in 2003 but it's set in 1962, making the decor a mid-century modern design fan's dream. One of the standout pieces of furniture was a pink Womb Chair, designed by Eero Saarinen.

Down with Love
The perfectly pink living room from Down with Love, featuring Saarinen Womb Chairs.

13. Ball Chairs in Mars Attacks!

Retro and futuristic, Eero Aarnio's unmistakable Ball Chairs were the perfect choice for Mars Attacks! The 1996 film is a science fiction comedy and stars Jack Nicholson.

Mars Attacks!
Eero Aarnio's famous ball chairs are often used to shoot model portraits.

14. Lapponia Necklace in Star Wars

Aptly named Planetoid Valleys, this necklace from Lapponia is a memorable piece worn by the late Carrie Fischer as Princess Leia in Star Wars. It quickly became one of the most renowned necklaces after 1977, when it was featured in the George Lucas film.

Star Wars
Worn in the final scene of the movie, this stunning Lapponia necklace was designed by Bjorn Weckstrom and is crafted from silver.

15. Tulip Table in Mad Men

It's no surprise that Mad Men should feature mid-century modern design, as the show takes place in 1960s New York. The show chronicles the Madison Avenue advertising firms, where offices are filled with desktops like that of this Tulip Table.

Mad Men
Designed by Eero Saarinen, the Tulip table complements the tulip chairs that appeared earlier in this post.

16. iittala Ultima Thule Glassware in Succession

The HBO drama Succession, airing from 2018-2023, chronicles the angst and division over the future of the Roy family's international media conglomerate. iittala's Ultima Thule Glassware sits beautifully on the coffee table as two characters engage in a serious conversation. What a great Finnish find to ease up some of that tension!

Originally made in 1958 by Tapio Wirkkala, an Ultima Thule carafe and two glasses are spotted on the coffee table of tech billionaire Lukas Mattson's Norway cabin.

17. Moomin Mug in A Most Wanted Man

Full of A-list names such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe, the espionage thriller film surprised us with this Moomin mug cameo featuring Little My on the front. Maybe we all need the Moomins to help us through tough times, especially when trying to catch a wanted man!

A Most Wanted Man
German agent Gunther Bachmann, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, pours himself a cup of coffee in a Little My Moomin mug from the 2014 film A Most Wanted Man.

18. iittala Kartio Tumblers in Maniac

Maniac, the 2018 Netflix series featuring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, involves two main characters taking part in a three-day pharmaceutical trial gone wrong. With much of the set involving a futuristic atmosphere, iittala's Kartio Tumblers were the perfect touch.

Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) sit around a table with their fellow test subjects as they all dine with iittala's Kartio Tumblers.

19. iittala Tapio Goblets in Star Trek: Enterprise

The Enterprise series within the Star Trek franchise is set on the Enterprise NX-01 Earth starship in the mid-22nd century, however, the 1952 Tapio Goblet blends right in to the scene. iittala's Tapio Goblets were used in several episodes of Enterprise as drinking glasses for Captain Archer's dining room. (Source:

Star Trek: Enterprise
Two main characters have a snack and a beverage using Tapio Goblets, created by Finnish sculptor and designer Tapio Wirkkala.

20. Marimekko Notebooks in Keeping Up With the Kardashians

In an early season of the hit reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Momager Kris Jenner and her three daughters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney sit in front of two Marimekko Unikko notebooks. After all, who are the Kardashians to not have fabulously stylish notebooks?

Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Maija Isola's famous 1964 floral fabric covers two notebooks in a white/black/green colorway used by the Kardashian clan.

20 Finnish Designs in TV and Film

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