Since graduating in 2013 with a master’s from Aalto University in applied art and design, Hanna Anonen, 29, has worked with Arabia, Iittala, and Hakola, as well as with Helsinki Design Week.

Her pieces entice with their playful simplicity and curious medley of colors, such as her Cocktail light, which was inspired by the swirling ingredients of mixed drinks. She was nominated for Nordic designer of the Year by Formex, won gold among young creatives in Grafia’s Best of the Year contest, and holds additional degrees in industrial design and in carpentry and cabinetmaking.

We asked the breakout designer about who inspires her, her most treasured possession, and what daily rituals get her in the zone. Read the answers below.

“I’m influenced by everyday life, observing and recording the accidental color combinations in my surroundings,” says Anonen.

Photo by Ulla-Maija Lähteenmäki

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Current location: Helsinki, Finland

Pala is a three dimensional wall sculpture composed of interlocking modular pieces. The shape is reminiscent of traditional weaving ornamentation.

Pala is a three-dimensional wall sculpture composed of interlocking modular pieces. The shape is reminiscent of traditional weaving ornamentation.

Photo Courtesy of Hanna Anonen

Something you always carry with you: I always have a tape measure in my purse.

The Ripsiraita carpet "brings warmth to a city apartment’s balcony or a summer cabins porch. Actually – to any place,

Hanna Anonen’s plastic, waterproof Ripsiraita mat is inspired by the stripes and patterns of rag rugs.

Photo Courtesy of Hanna Anonen

See the full story on Dwell.com: Dwell 24: Hanna Anonen

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