APPLIED ART AND DESIGN
ITU – PRODUCT DESIGN FOR AARIKKA OY
My diploma work was a product design project commissioned by Aarikka Oy. It consists of written material and prototypes for the designed products. In the writing, I study the design history of Aarikka Oy and the changes in its brand that form an introduction to the need for product design. The idea was to complement Aarikka's product line with high-quality utility articles, and in this way, increase the brand's attractiveness to consumers. My product line includes a mortar made of ceramic and wood; a hanging ceramic pot for fresh herbs; and a linen apron and kitchen towel. I also designed their packaging. The prototypes were manufactured by Aarikka Oy, Oivi Design, Optima Industry, and Pajikom Oy.
Saija Malila received her M.A. from the Department of Applied Art and Design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki in spring 2007. She previously studied jewellery and object design at the Lahti Institute of Design and graduated in 2002. In recent years, she has participated in several design projects and competitions and has, in that context, collaborated with companies such as Marimekko and the Nelonen TV channel.
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