The History of Himmeli

 
The History of Himmeli by Handmade Sam*Made
 

These beautiful, geometric structures that range from minimal and simplistic, to complicated and incredibly intricate are called Himmeli (heh-muh-lee, Emily with an "H").

Originating from the Swedish word for sky or heaven, himmel, the Himmeli are a traditional Finnish ornament, a mobile decoration that is traditionally made out of straw, or reeds in Finland.

 
 
This is an example of a traditional Himmeli in Finland. If you click on the image, you can actually see how these reeds have been "sewn" together with string.

This is an example of a traditional Himmeli in Finland.

If you click on the image, you can actually see how these reeds have been "sewn" together with string.

 

They are typically extremely ornate and are suspended above the dinner table during the holiday season. It is thought that the larger the Himmeli, the larger the rye crop will be in the coming year.

During the holidays, the dining room ceilings can be covered with these intricate mobiles.

The designs by Handmade Sam*Made are a modern and minimalist interpretation of the traditional Himmeli.

 
Handmade Sam*Made Himmeli Heart
 

So while you may not have a rye crop to worry about, these gorgeous Himmeli are an elegant year-round addition to any home or office. They are made with 100% brass, and handmade.

These geometric Himmeli ornaments can be placed on any surface, or embraced as an air plant holder, which is another modern addition to these beautiful pieces.

 
Handmade Sam*Made Himmeli Orb
 

If you ever have an idea for a new design, let us know! I love helping make ideas a reality.

Samantha Leung