New interesting stamps from Finland
On 24 August 2007 eight new postage stamps in five different issues came on sale in Finland. The themes of the stamps are raspberries, butterflies, Finnish Olympic Committee, architecture and design styles. All the new stamps bear a value equal to 1st class domestic postage.
The new Antiques stamp series of Finland features different design styles. The series opens with two stamps. One stamp shows part of a chair standing for the empire or neoclassical style, a resplendent style inspired by Napoleon and popular in the early 19`h century. The chair is in the empire hall of the Sinebrychoff Museum of Art in Helsinki. The lower right corner of the picture frame shown on the same stamp is typical of the subdued empire style of the Nordic countries. The wallpaper shown in the background, known as the "Porvoo Garland", represents an offshoot of empire, the more restrained Biedermeier style. The wallpaper once adorned the national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg's home in Porvoo.
The other new stamp depicts functionalism, a design style that emerged in the late 1920s, as well as leading Finnish design. The wellspring of functionalism was the intended use. There were no stylistic characteristics; the form was to be defined purely by the function. The stamp features a Finnish furniture classic, the Paimio chair designed by architect AlvarAalto. Behind the chair you can see the 2+3 wallpaper designed by Ilmari and Annikki Tapiovaara. The half-visible frame on the stamp is the Fiskars frame no. 20. Pekka Piippo designed the stamps. Pekka Piippo and Jenni Kuokka took the photographs used on them.
The stamps are side by side on a sheet of 50 stamps. These stamps are sold only on sheets but the Philatelic Center of the Finnish post Itella also sells them in pairs.
The picture theme of the Architecture stamp is a view of the church of St John in Männistö, designed by architect-academician Juha Leiviskä. The picture shows the interior of the church and it shows a wall and a skylight. The picture angle is vertical. Juha Leiviskä is one of the best-known and eminent designers of our time in Finland. In 1995, he received the world's top awards for architects, the Carlsberg Architecture Prize. The church of St John is one of his masterpieces. It is in the Männistö district of Kuopio and it was consecrated in 1992.
Pekka Piippo designed the Building Art postage stamp. Henry Plummer took the photo used for it.
The Building Art stamp will not be on sale at post offices in Finland. This postage stamp can only be purchased from the Philatelic Center.
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