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Ari Korolainen Designs

Ari Korolainen Designs

Today's featured designer is Ari Korolainen. Ari Korolainen is the creator of iconic designs such as Olga, Divine and Cubic.

We had the rare opportunity to interview the exalted designer Ari Korolainen who was recently announced as the Designer of the Day by the A' Design Award and Competition. Ari Korolainen is the creator of iconic designs such as Olga, Divine and Cubic. We got exclusive answers to our questions about Ari Korolainen designs and design philosophy.
Ari Korolainen Designs
Ari Korolainen, how did you become a designer?
Ari Korolainen : A few years later I started designing furniture, and these products were also very well received, a bit like my briefcases. Consequently, I founded a new company, ADESSIN Oy, to produce furniture. For instance, Helsinki Opera House chose to use some of my furniture. I remember an old friend from university talking about Mario Botta’s furniture some years ago, and just a few years later, my furniture was being used in the same opera house as Botta’s. My interest in art derives from my childhood home, as my father was an artist. I can still remember the smell of turpentine, and ultramarine painted on canvas. At school I had a very good and supportive art teacher, who encouraged me to continue with my artistic aspirations....
Ari Korolainen, what are your priorities, technique and style when designing?
Ari Korolainen : Typically in my work, drawing the very first line can be difficult. I can start the same project many times over, and at the final stage I remove everything I possibly can to achieve the result I want. My works are plain, with each individual detail and dimension carefully planned....
Ari Korolainen Designs
Ari Korolainen, which emotions do you feel when designing?
Ari Korolainen : My works often have a funny detail, which lends them a cheerful look. I enjoy seeing them bring joy to the recipient. You feel you have succeeded when your work delights its owner....
Ari Korolainen, what is your growth path? What are your future plans? What is your dream design project? Ari Korolainen : My next project is armchairs connected together with small table tops....
Ari Korolainen, what is your advice to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
Ari Korolainen : Trust yourself. Do things that derive from your inner self. Try to create coherent entities....
Ari Korolainen, what is your day to day look like? Ari Korolainen : My working day starts at about 8.30 and ends at 6. It allows far too little time for design work. I often continue design work after 8 in the evening....
Ari Korolainen, how do you keep up with latest design trends? to what extent do design trends matter?
Ari Korolainen : I don’t consciously follow trends, but on the other hand, your own work has some effect on them....
Ari Korolainen, how do you know if a product or project is well designed? how do you define good design?
Ari Korolainen : Good design combines ecological and aesthetic aspects with functionality. A new product has something old and familiar as well as something new....
Ari Korolainen, how do you decide if your design is ready?
Ari Korolainen : A piece is ready when both the customer and the designer are satisfied with it....
Ari Korolainen, what is your biggest design work?
Ari Korolainen : The Private Case selection is my ‘greatest’ work. I may have been the first designer to start making products from recycled materials. At first we used recycled cardboard and paper. We also used a lot of recycled leather. It is made from the leftovers from shoe and bag manufacturers....
Ari Korolainen Designs
Ari Korolainen, who is your favourite designer?
Ari Korolainen : It is hard to say which designer or artist I especially admire. Perhaps those who create plain products. Perhaps Rietveld and Le Corbusier, to mention a few. From my colleagues participating in the A-design Award, I’d mention Simone Mantovani....
Ari Korolainen, would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?
Ari Korolainen : Less is More. When it comes to cities, I’m inspired by Como, and the time just before leaving to go there, when you are designing something new and wondering whether this would be fitting for Como. I usually design alone, but when a piece is at a certain stage, I show it to designer colleagues who give me feedback – or not. Sometimes it’s better if my work leaves them speechless. I usually meet up with a certain colleague once a year, when where I present him one or more of my works....
Ari Korolainen Designs
Ari Korolainen, would you tell us more about your work culture and business philosophy?
Ari Korolainen : A good designer has to be able to understand the customer’s needs and problems....
Ari Korolainen, what are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect? Ari Korolainen : I have had many young people as trainees who have later applied to design schools and have been admitted. I have also offered work to many design students. It has been a pleasure to follow their careers....
Ari Korolainen, what positive experiences you had when you attend the a’ design award?
Ari Korolainen : Participation in competitions allows you to benchmark the level of your design work at a national and international level. Succeeding in competitions also raises the profile of your country in the design world. Awards also get attention in the press. International exhibitions raise the international awareness of your work. Awards can be used in marketing and sales promotion. It is the kind of positive publicity money can’t buy. An important benefit from participating in competitions is that you can get to know designers from all over the world. If you need information about events, exhibitions, or suitable sales outlets, for example, you can always contact colleagues in different countries. It is a great honour to be selected as a Designer of the Day....
Ari Korolainen Designs
Ari Korolainen, can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Ari Korolainen : Private Case was founded in 1985 and is based in Lahti, Finland. By that time I worked as an architect and industrial designer, and started to manufacture my own briefcases made of recycled cardboard. A timeless, simple yet beautiful shape and functionality were the starting points for the product design. The good acceptance in the market and their unique design, which has been recognized by numerous awards, have made Private Case Oy one of the leading manufacturers of environmentally friendly stationery products in the international market....
Ari Korolainen Designs
Ari Korolainen, what kinds of works do you like designing most?
Ari Korolainen : Clean, plain design with good functionality....
Ari Korolainen, what was the first thing you designed for a company?
Ari Korolainen : Briefcase 101, made of recycled cardboard (still in production)....
Ari Korolainen, what is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Ari Korolainen : Recycled materials. Nowadays I use a lot of recycled leather. It is made of leftover leather pieces from shoe and bag factories. ...
Ari Korolainen, when do you feel the most creative?
Ari Korolainen : I think it is when discussing with customers and when they tell about their problems. That's when ideas start to fly....
Ari Korolainen, what kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Ari Korolainen : I think there is often a feeling if I could do something better. What would be the next step? ...
Ari Korolainen Designs
Ari Korolainen, how do you think the "design field" is evolving? what is the future of design?
Ari Korolainen : I think good designer is always "ten years ahead of time"....
Ari Korolainen, what skills are most important for a designer?
Ari Korolainen : A good designer has to be able to understand the customer’s needs and problems. You need to have an open mind....
Ari Korolainen, how long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
Ari Korolainen : Normally ideas of a product come fast, but then taking away everything that is not needed takes time....
Ari Korolainen, who are some of your clients?
Ari Korolainen : For small companies to big international companies....
Ari Korolainen, what type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Ari Korolainen : At first you need to have a problem, what you have to solve....
Ari Korolainen, thank you for giving us the opportunity to interview you... To learn more about Ari Korolainen and check more designs by Ari Korolainen as well as to see more Ari Korolainen designs such as Olga, Divine, Cubic, Pocket, Smile and Wake Up visit
Ari Korolainen Designs
We hope you enjoyed our interview of Ari Korolainen. This interview was made possible by the contributions of A' Design Award and Competition - The World's largest and most influential design accolade. A' Design Award is an annual, international design award open to both concept stage and realized works by designers, artists, architects and brands worldwide. A' Design Award and Competition aims to create a public awareness and understanding of good design by promoting the best designers such as Ari Korolainen and their design works worldwide. Visit to learn more.

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