Lokal is an award-winning concept store and gallery in the heart of Helsinki. Our philosophy is centred around a harmonious existence with nature, and doing so through art in our everyday spaces and the use of objects that matter. We operate in the frontline of sustainability by promoting long-lived, locally and responsibly produced art, craft and design items. With our ideology at the core, we curate themed group exhibitions in our gallery space, paralleled to our store providing products of timeless grace. Lokal, as a concept and family, is constantly growing and evolving, introducing a wide mix of established as well as emerging artists and makers.
Inspired to create a space in which to showcase work of Finnish artists, artisans, craftsmen and designers, photographer Katja Hagelstam opened Lokal in April 2012. She now works as the curator for Lokal. In the fall of 2020, Lokal became part of the newly established Glasshouse Helsinki, led by Mirkku Kullberg.
Lokal was awarded the Finnish State Design Award (2017) and was granted the Finnish Design Deed Award (2015).