FINLAYSON IN A NUTSHELL

James Finlayson harnessed the Tammerkoski rapids in 1820 to establish a factory, which was to become the largest industrial enterprise in the Nordic countries. Our design archive of over 100,000 designs has played a unique part in the history of Scandinavian textile design. During our journey of soon
200 years, our products have found their way into almost all Finnish homes. Experience has taught us to understand and love people's homes and their everyday lives more than ourselves. Currently our entire design philosophy is built around this realization.

1820

Scottish engineer James Finlayson moves to Finland on the invitation of Tsar Alexander I of Russia to establish a cotton factory by the Tammerkoski rapids in the city of Tampere. 

1836

The Russian Emperor’s court physician Georg Adolf Rauch and businessman Carl Samuel Nottbeck from St Petersburg purchased the factory. This initiates a period of rapid growth and a short period of time, the company becomes the biggest industrial enterprise in Scandinavia. The company has its own school, daycare, hospital, library and church. 

1855

After the Crimean war paper money has lost its value and Finlayson issues its own in 1855. The company pays wages in the currency, which is accepted by all shops in Tampere. 

1882

The Nordic’s first electric light is switched on in the Nordic’s biggest weaving hall. Some workers stop showing up because they think the invention is the work of devil. 

1923

The first Finlayson store was established in Tampere, in the same location it operates today. 

1951

Emergence of women designers. All the designers at Finlayson's Forssa factory are women.

The studio goes on to produce thousands of designs that inspire Finns to this day and take a central role in Scandinavian design. 

1963

During the golden era of Finnish functionalist design, Finlayson's ready-made sheets are decorated with embroidery and printed designs. The first duvet cover is made.

 

1975

Finlayson is Finland’s biggest employer: 11 factories and 6,500 employees. 

1976-2014

Finlayson along with the wider European textile industry, falls victim to globalisation, shifting its focus towards brand management and design in response. 

2014

Finlayson gets new owners who blow new life into the company. 

2016

Finlayson starts to recycle household textiles at its stores. Finlayson continues to grow strongly in Finland and opens its first store in Sweden.

Finlayson is voted one of the top five most interesting brands in Finland. 

2017

Finlayson collaborates with A-Fontane, a textile company, to expand to the Asian market and open its first stores in China, Hong Kong and Macau respectively.

2018

Finlayson continues to grow strongly in Asia and opens 13 stores in China, Hong Kong and Macau. 

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