Born and raised in the southeastern part of Finland, Elisa grew up in the town of Imatra nearby Saimaa lake –
the fourth largest lake in Europe.
During an exchange stay in Milano, Elisa fell in love with the boot-shaped country and after graduating from Lahti University in crafts design she followed her heart back to Italy. Here, she quickly came under the wings of the Italian designer Piero Lissoni, whom she worked with for three and half years in Milano, until she moved on to Paris to explore the French contemporary design scene.
As faith would have it, she found herself back in Milano when she got the opportunity to collaborate with the award winning British architect, Sir David Chipperfield. Today, Elisa has settled in London as an independent designer.
Given her many adventures in various surroundings, she has a strong feeling of being home in whole Europe – a feeling she perhaps also implements in her creation of designs.
Elisa has a distinct predilection for minimalism which sometimes lead her to the extreme when she strives to reduce her objects to the very essential of functionality and appearance. However, thanks to her Nordic roots which she has managed to stretch all the way through Europe, she keeps a humanistic approach to the act of creating design. Thus, she strongly believes that objects should both be inviting and easy to familiarize with. As our connection to nature is far from as evident as back in the times, Elisa finds it important to give people the chance to experience natural materials as a functional part of everyday life.
Elisa absorbs her inspiration through an unfiltered worldview, where both god and bad is evident – and equally influential in her creation of new ideas. This being everything from small to big events in life, changing landscapes, developing cities and the small conclusions we all come to, when objects and settings in life could need a little improvement.
Image credit Paolo Veclani