Saana ja Olli is a designer couple and an award-winning design studio from Turku, Finland.
We produce our own 100% hemp textile collection manufactured transparently and locally in Southwestern Finland.
Saana ja Olli has released annual collections, done design work for dozens of international clients and has been involved in various design projects on different continents.
In our works we value rectitude, timelessness and human touch.
We met each other as a teenagers in a outlaw hippie gathering in the woods of Oripää, Finland. We started dating and couple of year later ended up studying textile design together. We realised that the current market was lacking in sustainably produced interior textiles we liked, and proceeded to fill this void with our products.
Saana ja Olli as a company started as we retreated to a secluded cottage in Southern Finland. During the week we spent in the forest by the lakes we drew our first print design. We started from totally DIY point, and manufactured a small collection of interior pillows that got excellent feedback and sold out quite immediately. After receiving such positive feedback we decided to continue designing together. Since graduation we have concentrated full time on Saana ja Olli.
Since then we have released annual hemp textile collections and done design work for dozens of international clients (Lipton, Isetan, Stockmann, Danto, Boråstapeter, Uniqlo, Amnesty International etc). and has been involved on various design projects in different continents. Monocle magazine has chosen us #11 at their Top 25 Global Homeware list.
Nowdays we work together with our dear friend and design partner Mimosa Hellman.
Our goal is to provide our customers with high-quality, functional products of timeless design.
Sustainability is the cornerstone of our work and way of our life. It is our duty to act and work in a way that ensures our children and grandchildren can live in biodiverse world.
3. Local production
We want to keep our production process transparent and as local as possible.
By doing so, we can support local economy and the heritage of the Finnish textile industry and employ professionals from our native country.
We like to keep things transparent and local.
In Southwestern Finland, where we live, we are glad to have first grade textile professionals. Our printing takes place in Aitoo ( population: 403 ) and sewing in Kiikoinen ( population: 1245 ). Parts of these processes are also carried out in our hometown Turku. We promise to produce locally and we take this right down to the smallest detail: our labels and tags, cushion and pot holder fillings, strings, and printing materials are produced in Finland.
By keeping the production in Finland, we know that the workmanship will be of the highest quality and that the employees will have a safe and enjoyable working environment with proper wages and benefits.
We use only premium quality European 100% hemp fabrics from closest place we can get them, which at the moment is Northern Romania. In order to minimize carbon emissions our fabrics are transported from the factory to our home town Turku by land. Hopefully some day hemp fabric will be made in Finland again!
1. Growing hemp requires no synthetic fertilisers, irrigation or herbicides.
2. Hemp gives a generous crop of fiber compared to the same harvested area of cotton or linen.
3. Hemp turns carbon dioxide into oxygen more efficiently than majority of the other plants. Growing hemp counteracts global warming.
4. Growing hemp has a positive effect on the soil. It improves soil quality and with its roots hemp also fights erosion.
5. European hemp undergoes only minimal treatment thus producing longer and more durable fibres.
Nordic Design competition win
Turku Person of the Year [Nomination]
Ornamo Designer of the Year [Nomination]
The Finnish Association of Designers, Finland
Design From Finland – Designer of the Year
Suomalaisen Työn Liitto
Top 25 Best Global Homeware Brand #11
Best Interior Product of the Year [Nomination]
12 Best Finnish interior design products of 2014
Finnish Interior Journalist Association
Ympäristöteko 2013 -Honorary Award
Best Textile Product of the Year
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Junior Achievement Finland
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Kakola Brewing Company
What the HEL, Vancouver, Canada
Nordic Fair, Osaka, Japan
Polku rohkeuteen, Stockmann, Helsinki, Finland
Retrospektiivi, Täky Galleria, Lappeenranta, Finland
Saana ja Olli & Field Day -exhibition, Helsinki, Finland
Showroom, Amsterdam, Holland
Finland 100, Picks from Now and Then, Beirut, Lebanon
Nordic Now, Dublin, Ireland
Cabinets of Wisdom for Finlandia Vodka, Sofia, Bulgaria
Formex, Stockholm, Sweden
Design March, Reykjavik, Iceland
We Live Here, Stockholm Design Week, Sweden
Isetan Nordic Fair, Tokyo, Japan
Lähimuoto, Helsinki Design Week, Finland
Museumsuferfest, Frankfurt, Germany
Kultturikeittiö Helsinki Bar, St. Petersburg, Russia
Habitare, Helsinki, Finland
Nowhere Finland, Madrid, Spain
Doing Good, Helsinki, Finland
Hirameki Himmeli, Tokyo, Japan
Tapahtunut tähän mennessä, Lapua, Finland
The Nordic Fashion Show exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria
Arjen aarteita, Helsinki, Finland
1-2-3 Helsinki! Paris, France
Iam Host, Lahti, Finland
What the Helsinki! Brussels, Belgium
NowHere Finland, Jyväskylä, Finland
ISETAN x Hirameki, Tokyo, Japan
Hirameki Design x Finland, Tokyo, Japan
Kirameki Satellite exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
Kierrätetty! Tampere, Finland
NowHere Finland, Seinäjoki, Finland
Mielen kuvitus, Uusikaupunki, Finland
Haaveet, Turku, Finland