by Andrew Bender
“I’d prefer to face indoors,” I said to my friends Christopher and Dirk, who had taken me out for dinner on my first night in Finland’s capital last October.
We were about to be seated at Lasipalatsi, the “glass palace” restaurant. Although the view through the wall of windows was compelling — with the sharp angles of the Kiasma contemporary art museum on one end, the intricate brickwork of Stockmann Department Store on the other and trams and pedestrians coursing along the wide boulevard below — I was drawn to the warm reds and beiges, deep-grained blond woods and clean lines of the interior.
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