After spending nearly a decade living abroad, interior architect and designer Joanna Laajisto moved back to her home city of Helsinki, bringing with her a fresh perspective to local design. The worldliness is genuine: Laajisto traveled the globe, first as a professional snowboarder, then as an interior architect for the Californian industry giant Gensler, before returning to Finland in 2009. Founding her own boutique design agency, Studio Joanna Laajisto, her work is now widely praised as an example of a new “Finnishness”, blending regional sensibilities with a worldly, metropolitan flair. The numerous cafes, bars, restaurants, and office spaces she’s designed have arguably done more than reinvigorate Helsinki’s urban identity; they helped put Finnish design back on the map. We meet Joanna in her sunny storefront studio in downtown Helsinki to discuss her role in inciting permanence in design for a progressive Nordic landscape.
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