Tell us about your background. How did you become a designer?
First I studied to Florist, and after that I worked in the flowershops. Then I went to study in Ceramics and glass design to Kuopio, where I did my BA. After that I get in to Aalto University to study my Master We live nowadays in the centre of Helsinki, but our inspiration usually comes from nature. I have born in Tornio, small town in northern Finland and I like to “escape” to the woods as often as possible. Nature, everyday life and folk stories have been the inspiration sources for my work
What was your inspiration for your carpet for children LUMME?
Lumme carpet is inspired by 60’s feeling and the shape of water lily’s leaves. There is a link in the centre of the carpet so it can be easily hung on the wall by hook. Materials are ecological wool felt and leather. Lumme is ideal for example children’s room as well as for loft apartments and public spaces like libraries. Designed together with Tuukka Tujula.
Suitable design for kids – what does that mean for you?
I think that children’s products must be playful, inspiring and ecological with style and quality finishing.
Are there other products that you designed for children?
I have also designed a other carpet for children, named Kala (Fish in finnish). Kala is a carpet, which has been inspired by animal hide rugs. It comments them snidely and humoristically.
If you look into a crystal ball and predict your future as a designer: what children’s product would you like to design next?
I am now designing ceramic tableware for kids. This project is for Japan ceramic company. Really interesting and going to be beautiful.