As a Seattle gal, I’m no longer impressed – or alarmed – to find a Starbucks on every corner and in many area groceries, hardware stores and banks. But I am amused that Helsinki Airport is crowing about the fact that Finland’s first Starbucks coffee shop has opened up at the airport.
I’m far more interested in the airport’s art activities, which include a fashion gallery, a photo gallery and a design gallery.
Right now, the Design Gallery is exhibiting a variety of chairs created by Finnish designers.
The chairs aren’t just for show: passengers are allowed to sit down and enjoy “a unique moment of Finnish design and restfulness.” There are even headphones available to block out the noise of the airport.
And, over in the airport’s Fashion Gallery, there’s a catwalk where passengers can show off their travel outfits.
Heading to Helsinki? The Design Gallery is Gate 11, the Art Gallery by gates 16–17, the Photo Gallery is above gate 26 and the Fashion Gallery at Gate 31.
Photos courtesy Helsinki Airport. Coffee cups, courtesy National Archives, via Flickr Commons