Interview by Katariina Forsberg

Our blog series checks in with New York’s local Finns and offers their insider tips into the city. London-educated artist Heidi Hankaniemi-Dinis, whose clients have included Chanel, Sir Elton John and Marimekko, moved to the city a year ago, and is enjoying life in America’s art capital. 

Q: Why did you move to New York?

A: We transferred here from Spain for my husband’s work, but for an artist it’s obviously the ideal place to be, so I was excited to move here too.

Q: What are your favorite places in the city?

A: I love parks; the High Line, Bryant Park. I also love our neighbourhood, Chelsea: it has great galleries, nice restaurants and interesting people.

Q: Do you have a favorite restaurant?

A: Anything vegetarian: Blossom is nearby, it’s great. I also like going to lunch at ‘SNice in Soho.

Q: Do you have a favorite store?

A: ABC Carpet and Home!

Q: What are your favorite things to do on your free time?

A: I like walking, exploring and watching American TV.

Q: What do you think is the best thing about living in New York?

A: Never, ever being bored.

Q: What do you miss about Finland?

A: I miss the nature, our summerhouse, our family and Finnish food.

Q: What three words would you use to describe New York?

A: Vibrant, amazing, nonstop

Q: How about Finland?

A: Clean, forward, reliable

Learn more about Heidi and her work at heidihankaniemi.com.