Tove Janssonin ateljee © Kuva: HAM / Maija Toivanen

Tove’s atelier and plaque

In 1933, the Janssons relocated from Tove’s childhood home on Luotsikatu to the artist residence of Lallukka in the Töölö district. From there, Tove moved to her own tower atelier in 1944. The atelier became extremely dear to the artist.

“An enormous, decorative Jugend style stove and a comical old door with red and green stained glass windows. An atelier that one can spend a lifetime making even more beautiful. And next to it, an asymmetrical whitewashed room where I can keep all my ladylike things, everything soft, playful, precious and personal”, Tove described in a letter.

A passageway through the attic connected the atelier to the atelier of Tove’s life partner, graphic artist Tuulikki Pietilä (1917-2009).

The atelier is not open for visitors. There is a commemorative plaque on the building’s wall. The plaque has a relief of a young Tove, immortalised by her father Viktor Jansson (1886-1958).