Hannakaisa Pekkala belongs to the new generation of Finnish designers. While studying at the Institute of Design & Fine Arts in Lahti, Finland, Hannakaisa started exploring the relationship between fine art and product design, developing a cross-disciplinary approach as a result. Fascinated by contrasts, the designer found ways to clash and combine the stark landscapes of Northern Finland with the urban lifestyles found in cities around the world. Although the designer has a passion for new materials and techniques, she is also a strong advocate of traditional craftsmanship. Hannakaisa says making space for spontaneity is one of her greatest strengths. While remaining true to the simplicity and functionality of her Scandinavian heritage, she finds ways to express something unexpected in her work.