The four most exciting Finnish designers right now

Habitare 2018 will present the four most exciting Finnish designers whom the world should be following right now: Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen, Hanna Särökaari, Teemu Perttunen and Teemu Salonen. Each of the selected designers has a strong personal style, and they have a proven track record that demonstrates their skills. Each of the designers will have their own stand at Habitare Talentshop in September 2018.

Talentshop is part of The Block, an area for new design at Habitare. The featured designers were selected from among 37 applicants.

“This year, the selected designers include many who straddle the boundary between design and art. All the selected designers have an original vision, combined with uncompromising quality”, say the Talentshop curators Krista Kosonen, Elina Aalto and Saara Renvall from Imu Design. Imu Design has curated the Talentshop exhibition for Habitare since its inception.

Talentshop 2018


Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen

Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen, previously based in Paris and Brussels, and now settled in Helsinki, is a designer whose work focuses on making things by hand. Her textile and ceramic works straddle the middle ground between art and industrial design. As a designer, Hanna-Kaisa is inexhaustibly curious, always throwing herself into experiments. The works display a sense of nostalgia and are characterised by colourfulness, richness and artisanship, resulting in a style that could be described as Nordic maximalism. Hanna-Kaisa has a BA in photography from the Arts Academy at the Turku University of Applied Sciences and an MA in textile art from the Aalto University. In between her studies, she worked in the fashion industry in Central Europe. Hanna-Kaisa is currently working on her dissertation about inspiration at the Department of Design at the Aalto University.
Photo: Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen (photo Aino Huhtaniemi), Broken Flowers in The House of Beauty (Sofia Okkonen)


Teemu Perttunen

Teemu Perttunen is an interior architect with a degree from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences Institute of Design. He is currently completing his thesis for the Master’s programme in spatial and furniture design at the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Teemu is interested in challenging prevailing trends and conventions, and approaching them from new perspectives. He is interested in the aesthetic of imperfection and the humanisation of objects through controlled asymmetry, which makes the products come to life and take on their own shape and personality.
Photo: Teemu Perttonen (photo: Aino Huhtaniemi), Curve Table (Erika Kindbad)


Teemu Salonen

Teemu Salonen, who comes from the small municipality of Padasjoki, is a designer whose work is all about unique objects. Making things by hand is an essential part of his designer’s identity, and he considers his works to be both design objects and sculptures at the same time. Salonen’s years of experience as a curator in visual arts and as an entrepreneur specialising in fibre-reinforced plastic influence his bold works. Salonen is an experimental designer who is fuelled by challenges and who skilfully mixes a variety of materials and techniques, from glass fibre to ceramics. He has degrees in carpentry and craft design, and sees his workshop as a place of fun, where the tacky and the sophisticated are effortlessly rolled into one asymmetrical package.
Photo: Creme Bonjour (photo: Teemu Salonen), Teemu Salonen (photo: Aino Huhtaniemi)


Hanna Särökaari

Hanna Särökaari is a Helsinki-based designer and interior architect who is currently completing her Master’s studies in furniture design at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her style can be characterised as minimal, practical and timeless. Hanna has, in previous years, participated in Habitare’s Protoshop, through which her Kerä and Oksa plant hangers have found a manufacturer, the Finnish company GranDesign Finland. Hanna is a member of the award-winning Luomo collective, whose group exhibitions in Milan have garnered a lot of international attention.
Photo: Hanna Särökaari (Aino Huhtaniemi), Lollipop Table Lamp (Aleksi Tikkala)

More information:
Habitare, communications manager Johanna Suni, tel. +358 40 515 4216,
Imu Design,, Saara Renvall, tel. +358 50 585 7399,
Imu Design, Elina Aalto, tel. +358 50 511 8888,

Images of the designers and their products in the Messukeskus image bank >>

Habitare, the largest furniture, design and interior decoration event in Finland, will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki, from 12 to 16 September 2018. Habitare offers experiences and ideas on interior decoration, and on the functioning and look of homes and other spaces. Habitare highlights the ideas and works by a new generation of designers, and sparks discussion. The International Friend of Habitare in 2018 is Cara McCarty, the curatorial director at the Cooper Hewitt museum. To be held concurrently with Habitare are the Antiikki event, Hifi, and the Habitare Pro professionals event. | @HabitareFair | | #habitare2018 |