Putinki’s story began at Hakaniemi Market Hall in 1973. At that time enamel dishware painted by Kirsti Jantunen and her wooden jewellery and antiques created the core of the selection. What was new and exceptional was that most of the merchandise was recycled. Soon the sale of cards and paper products began on the side and with their success Kirsti’s husband Martti also proceeded to work at Putinki. The Jantunen’s developed and grew Putinki together up to the 2000s. A particularly interesting detail about Putinki’s history is that alongside the paper store, the Jantunen family operated a vegetarian tea room for a few years in the early 1980s. They were quite the forerunners of their time.
Over the years Putinki has grown to employ over 20 people and become a paper and gift shop operator for consumers and retailers. Our mission has remained the same: to delight and inspire people in the middle of ordinary days through insightful design. The most important values in Putinki’s own production are Finnish design and the production of products as close as possible.
We are pleased to partner with many gifted Finnish illustrators and businesses (e.g., The John Nurminen Foundation and Pentik). We also print unique letterpress cards by hand in our premises in Vallila, Helsinki. Our letterpress cards are printed onto high-quality Finnish paper. The Moomin philosophy has been close to our hearts for several decades and the Letterpress Moomin cards with their lovely quotes have become true classics. Additionally, we produce custom-made products for museums and businesses. Alongside our own production we import high-quality paper products and represent many well-known brands in Finland like Nuuna, Cavallini and Paperblanks.
We serve customers in our paper shops located in Hakaniemi, Ullanlinna and Töölö. In addition to our charming atmosphere and wide selection of paper products, we offer lovely toys, games and other gift products. We are constantly developing our selection and we aim to favour small businesses and distinctive products. Our online store opened in the Spring of 2020 and our products can now also be shipped to Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany and Austria.