Pauli Blomstedt graduated as an architect in 1922 and founded his own architectural office in Helsinki 1926. Blomstedt was responsible for buildings both in a classical manner, such as the Helsingfors Aktiebank (eng. Helsinki stock bank) (1929), as well as in a modernistic style as in the Kotka Finnish Bank (1934).
Blomstedt's furniture, often produced by the Merivaara company, are of a more rounded modernistic style in steel pipes and wood – as in the Merivaara desk from the 1930s. Despite Blomstedt’s early death at the age of 34, he was very prolific both as an architect, furniture designer and writer and is regarded one of the most important figures in the Finnish modernistic movement.