Sara Kokko (top left corner), is currently studying interior architecture and furniture design at the Aalto university school of Arts, Design and Architecture. In the field of workplace design, Sara is particulary interested in projecting a company’s image in a space. Her thesis on the subject awoke her curiosity and inspired her to apply to Workspace.
Katariina Salo (top right corner), only a thesis short from graduating to be an interior architect, is wrapping up her studies at the Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences. During her studies, Katariinas interests lay towards fitting together the space and branding of a company, and she wishes to learn more about the topic during her internship at Workspace.
Kreetta Airila (bottom left corner) is a recent interior architecture graduate from Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of fine arts and design. Before that Kreetta has also completed an interior artisan degree and will be joining Sara in the masters program this fall at Aalto university. Kreetta had no previous experience in workplace design, but was eager to take on new design challenges. Kreetta is intrigued by participative designing and working within Workshops.
Olivia Saxen (bottom right corner) studied to be an interior designer in Australia, at Griffith university, but a summer placement within the design team at Workspace got her to return back home to Finland. Olivia brings international perspective and knowledge to the projects and wishes to learn more about the nordic design culture during her summer employment. Olivia and Sara both share a common interest and knowledge towards graphic design as well as interior design.
A skillful add to our interiorior design team is Tia Hämäläinen, an interior architect and designer from Lahti Institute of Design. Above all she sees interior design as a process which main purpose is to help the client - to work better and hopefully also to see the world from a different perspective.
Workspace's new team member Marika Häkkinen is an interior architect from Lahti Institute of design. She is especially skillful with atmosphere, functionality and fine details. She has got experience in designing hotels, restaurants and private homes along with offices.
Nordea Private Banking wanted to make their customer service memorable. They wanted the customer to feel like they are part of something special by offering service that goes beyond the standards.
The customer experience was modeled and all the steps were designed to offer service that's personal, gentile and memorable. The beautiful artwork was selected from Art Foundation Merita's collection. We also created a Nordic Design Manual to guide the design process in other locations in order to ensure similar level of service everywhere. The Design Manual defines the furniture, materials, colors, image and mood for the reception as well as lounge- ja meeting rooms.
Also the office floor was redesigned to promote new ways of working. The whole interior design was done respecting Alvar Aalto's original plan and the history of the building.
Workspace warmly welcomes Kristiina Borg to our team. Kristiina's passion is how space represent the culture and values of an organization. She firmly believes that space can positively influence personnel satisfaction and creativity. Kristiina has a Master's degree in Creative Business Management from Turku School of Economics. Her major subjects were management and organization and she did minor studies in organizational psychology and architecture.
The thinking behind Campus 3.0 encourages to re-examine the teaching models together with physical constraints of today's campuses. Students are increasingly dissatisfied with the lecture format and believe effective teachers act merely as facilitators; masters of the art of conversation and collaboration. Also, according to Gensler's recent study, the students are not finding the inspiring classrooms, the environments that support collaboration with their peers and teachers, or the quiet spaces they need. We should think of classrooms that are “hackable," allowing students and professors to restructure them based on the coursework, make it possible to break into teams, write on the walls, and engage the high technology to communicate with students on the other side of the world. Another important aspect is to re-think the campus library. Students reported that they spend by far the largest portion of their on-campus time studying or working alone. The campus library should then rather be a complement of reading rooms with the research librarians accessible without disturbing everyone.