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Sami Ruotsalainen

Sami Ruotsalainen is a designer living and working in Helsinki. He holds an MA in ceramic & glass design (2005) from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. As a designer, Sami Ruotsalainen is interested in the aesthetics of everyday life. He has a keen interest in designing everyday objects, and the problem solving for creating the good life, both functional and esthetic. His has worked as a ceramics, glass and textile designer for Finnish companies such as Arabia, Iittala and his current long-term employer Marimekko. In 2002-2003 he was invited as a designer in residence to Gifu prefecture in Japan and has since been working with a number of Japanese ceramic and other design companies. Apart from his industrial work, Sami Ruotsalainen designs and works on small-scale production and unique pieces with different artisans. While formally trained in ceramics and glass design, Sami also works a lot with other materials such as textile and paper. Yet, ceramics and glass remain his primary media.

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