The task was to design a product, which will join Finnish attributes with foreign ones.
We decided to join Finnish and Japanese culture and customs and create one original product, because we found out, that Finnish and Japanese design and even their way of life have much in common.
Simple forms, minimalism, use of natural materials and organic shapes are typical for Finnish and also Japanese design. In their way of life, it is their relationship to nature and their land, salmon is a typical food for both nations and we even found similar patterns among Finnish and Japanese artists and designers, such as patterns by Marimekko and Yayoi Kusama, tableware by Arabia and Muji, etc.
Plate is designed for salmon meals, both Japanese and Finnish. The bowl could be used for soya sauce if you eat for example sushi, or for melted butter according to the Finnish customs. Chopsticks are Japanese element, but they are postioned as western cutlery. Dots on plate and chopsticks are decorative and functional element, which refers to work of Oiva Toikka and his Kastehelmi glassware.