Studio Finna. Young design studio from Finland by Anni Pitkäjärvi, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä and Sarianna Niskala.
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Studio Finna is a young emerging Helsinki based design studio established by design duo Anni Pitkäjärvi and Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä. The dynamic duo works with a wide range of projects from furniture design and products to interior design and architecture. Sarianna Niskala is completing the team with her extensive knowledge on Design business management.
Their works have been recently exhibited in Italy, The United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden and Mexico. Their works have piqued interest in numerous blogs both domestic and international. Recent press coverage includes appearances in Wallpaper, Icon Magazine, Domus, Fiera, Avotakka, Asun, Deko and Image.
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Anni Pitkäjärvi is originally from Jyväskylä, in central Finland. She has graduated as industrial designer in Joensuu University of applied sciences and is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Furniture design at Aalto University. She has worked as freelance designer for many well-known Finnish and international brands including Artek, Aarikka, Hakola, Okdesign and Woud. In fall 2015 she did an internship in design headquarters of IKEA in Älmhult, Sweden.
Anni’s signature style in design is clear and reduced but never boring. In her design practice she wants to combine artistic vision and feasibility for mass-production. She wants to design insightful and emotionally touching objects and furniture without forgetting usability.
Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä grew up in Kemi, a small town in the northern part of Finland. Having an architectural background she has also studied design at Aalto University. At the moment Heikkilä is working as a designer at IKEA of Sweden and therefore not currently taking part in running the studio. During her professional career she has done architecture across many different kinds of projects. She has worked in architecture offices such as OOPEAA and Sou Fujimoto. As a freelance designer she has collaborated with companies like Artek and Woud.
Hanna-Kaarina has lived and worked abroad in Copenhagen, Sweden and Tokyo. She is very interested in different cultures, materials and working methods. Working abroad with her projects is in high priority. She applies the know-how of different scales and various materials to her work and takes a unique multi-disciplinary approach to different design tasks. With her creations she aspires to generate unforgettable experiences and new stories, phenomena and memories. An open-minded attitude, outstanding multi-tasking skills and passion to design incite the artist´s interest to explore new methods
Sarianna Niskala is a curious and hardworking young designer with a thirst for new from Tapiola. She graduated with honours as a BA of Arts in Textile arts program, with minor studies in Fashion design, from Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture. To discover new challenges and explore interesting projects she has done her Master´s in International Design Business Management, IDBM at Aalto University. Sarianna has lived and worked abroad in Italy and Sweden, and has been part of a wide range of design projects spreading from prints for H&M, to junior consultancy for the City of Helsinki and finally to founding a design school for kids, called KiDDo. She is completing the Studio Finna team with her sunny and creative mind, business skills and marketing talent.
Sarianna loves to challenge herself and to learn new things. With Studio Finna she desires to create products, services and experiences that people love. Sarianna is fascinated by design, people, business, art, innovation and digitalisation; plus how to combine them in a meaningful way. Her passions are rich experiences, languages, travelling, functional design and colourful prints.
Clients and colloborations
2017 The Morst Coveted New Brand from Isaloni 2017, Coveted magazine
2016 The Promise of the Future-prize, Muotogaala, Luomo Collective, Helsinki, Finland
2016 Toimittajien tusina 2016, The 12 best Finnish interior design products of the year 2016. Pinna hatshelf
2016 Talentshop, Imu design
2015 Protoshop, Imu design, Pinna hatshelf
2014 Protoshop, Imu design, Lempi shelf
Trade show appearances and exhibitions
24.3.–24.9.2017, Enter and Encounter, Finnish Design 100 Years Anniversary exhibition, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2017 Salone Satellite, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
2017 Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, Adea Oy.
2017 Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, Hiipakka Oy.
2016 Lokal gallery, Yhes - exhibition, Helsinki, Finland
2016 Shaping the future,Helsinki, Ljubljana, Dublin, Stoke-on-Trent, Berlin, Prague
2016 HABITARE, Talentshop, Helsinki, Finland
2016 HABITARE, Singnals - exhibition
2016 HABITARE, Eco Design - exhibition
2016 HABITARE, Toimittajien tusina,The 12 best Finnish interior design products of the year 2016
2016 ID Helsinki - Interior and design, Helsinki, Finland
2016 Kasvu, Lokal Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2016 Salone Satellite, Luomo collective, Milan, Italy2016 WP.
2016 Working Progress , Stockholm, Sweden
2016 Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, Okdesign.
2016 Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, Hakola Oy.
2016 Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, Linak Ltd. Stockholm, Sweden
2016 LED-IT, Lokal Gallery
2015 New Food Culture, AMF Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2015 Wild in the City vol. London, England
2015 Wild in the City vol. Helsinki, Saariaho Järvenpää Gallery, Helsinki,Finland
2015 HABITARE, Protoshop, Helsinki, Finland
2015 HABITARE, Hakola Oy. Helsinki, Finland
2015 HABITARE, Artek. Helsinki, Finland
2015 Helsinki Design Week, Aalto University & Linak Oy.
2015 Salone Satellite,Still Leben, Aalto University, Milan, Italy,
2015 Stocholm Furniture Fair, Greenhouse, Ultramarine, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Take the winter coat off, Gallery Kukuruchos, Gallery Lokal, Abierto Mexicano de diseno @libreria porrua Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico city, Finland, Helsinki
2015 Designing Soul, Aalto EE Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2015 Bloom, Gallery Lokal, Young emerging designers, Helsinki, Finland
2015 Free hands, Gallery Arts, Experimental design –exhibition, Helsinki, Finland
2014 Aarikka 60 years with joy! jubilee exhibition, Helsinki, Finland
2014 Waste Side Story fashion show, Costo and Pure Waste Textiles, Helsinki, Finland
2014 HABITARE, Protoshop, Helsinki, Finland
2014 Klar exhibition, Isku Showroom, Helsinki, Finland
3/2017 Pagina 99, 11.3.2017, Italy
1/2017 Design@Home, France
1/2017 Avotakka, Interview
12/2016 ICON Magazine, UK
11/2016 IMAGE, Interview
11/2016 Avotakka, The Best Products of the Year selected by Avotakka
10/2016 Wallpaper, UK
10/2016 étapes, issue 233/4, France
9/2016 Asun #5
9/2016 Gloria koti
9/2016 Koti ja Keittiö. Luomo collective wins The Promise of the future prize, Muotogaala 2016.
7/2016 DEKO, Lithuania
5/2016 Fiera Magazine, issue #4, UK
6/2016 Das Ideale Heim, Archithema, Switzerland
4/2016 IFDM, Italy
1/2016 Asun #1
9/2015 Wallpaper, HDW, UK
8/2015 ICON Magazine, Interview
8/2015 8 Stories on Creativity, Aalto University
5/2015 AR, The Arhitectural Review
4/2015 Wallpaper, Salone del Mobile
11/2014 Koti ja keittiö
10/2014 Glorian Koti
5/2017 Brightest Young Talent and Independent Designers in Milan 2017.
5/2017 Salone Satellite - Young designers showcase, Milan 2017.
4/2017 Highlights from Milan Design Week 2017.
4/2017 Sight Unseen, Up and Coming, A Studio Aiming to Bring More Curves and Coziness to Finnish Design
4/2017 Milan Design Week 2017: New Blood and Old Hands at SaloneSatellite
4/2017 Discover The Most Coveted New Brand from Isaloni 2017: Studio Finna
11/2016 Wallpaper, Model home: an upscale dream house for living dolls is a vision in pastel. Tovi shelf.
9/2016 Wallpaper, Helsinki Design Week 2016 reveals a Finland steeped in tradition, with an eye on its future. Lempi shelf.
9/2016 Design Milk, Helsinki Design Week 2016: Design Takes Over the Finnish Capital, Tovi shelf.
4/2016 Wallpaper, Tovi-shelf and O-lamp.
4/2016 IFDM, Luomo collective, O-lamp.
10/2015 Wallpaper; Artek tea room
2/2015 Domus, Ultramarine
2 /2015 Dezeen, Aalto University students design chairs from bright blue plywood
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