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Miina Äkkijyrkkä

The most important thing to remember when decorating a room
Light, space, energy

My greatest design influence
Artists – the old masters and new talents

My best design moment
When I designed Kevätjuhla, because it came so spontaneously

My most important mentor
God. I don’t listen to anyone else.

The word that best describes my design philosophy

My first memory of Marimekko
When I moved to Helsinki in 1969 and got to know the company and thought, I’m going to work there someday

The thing I hope to bring to Marimekko
Energy, strength, animal intelligence

The shape I’m most fascinated with right now
Calf – the animal, not the body part

The smell that reminds me of childhood
Spruce woods

My favourite escape
The barn, the sea, airplanes, the forest, the workbench

Sketch by hand or click on computer?
It’s the result that matters, not the method

If I were not working as a designer, I would be
I have no idea. I was born to be a sculptor.