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The Havis Amanda (Also known as Manta) fountain statue was erected in 1908 at the Market Square of Helsinki Harbour and is one of our city’s most beloved pieces of art.
The five-meter tall art nouveau style sculpture is of a mermaid standing on seaweed as she rises from water, surrounded by water sprouting fish and sea lions. Cast from bronze, the statue rests on a fountain made of granite.
The sculptor Ville Vallgren intended to symbolize the rebirth of Helsinki as it rises from the ocean. Each first of May, the statue becomes the centerpiece of the biggest celebration of the year, as new and old graduates climb up on it to put a graduation cap on the mermaid. This event is known as “Mantan lakitus,” later, the statue has also become the main scene for ice hockey and football celebrations for the Finns.
Stylist Shadi Razavi is our longtime friend, colleague, and styling most of the Makia catalogue shoots for almost a decade now. In this edition of Makia & Friends, she briefly shares some of her working methods and views on today’s fashion.
Elina might be smaller in size but her relentless work ethic and humane approach for design have made her a giant powerhouse in our design department. Combining timeless style into functional solutions make her designs top acquired items from season to season.
With one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year in progress, amidst all the consuming hysteria, we want to emphasize the responsibility for sustainability that lies within all of us. This is why we encourage our customers to take a moment and ask themselves – “Do I really need this product?”