It all began with a Tinder date. A shared experience of life sliding into a perfunctory, meaningless void. A shared, frenzied belief that there is some good among the failures – a desire to change the world. A fiery anger about all the indifference and bickering that drive societies to irrational decisions and humans to the brink of hatred and doom, even though we live in the most abundant period of history.
Out of perfectionism, curiosity, analytical deliberation, more than a few stumbles, a roaring thirst and an ironclad vision, Väisänen Design was born.
We are from a small town in Northern Europe, from a land of 187 888 lakes, from the forest. We are shy and we are direct. We sauna in the nude. We can’t do small talk. We value:
Aesthetics – the experience of visual satisfaction
Functionality – a carefully thought-out product with a clear purpose, made without compromise
Personality – courage to bring one’s strengths to bear
Our batches are small and we do not manufacture products in cheap production countries. We design all of our products ourselves and we strive to keep the entire manufacturing process in Finland. We also create unique items. Our commitment to sustainable values further extends to product packaging: our products come in functional packages that can also be used as a bag, purse or storage box. We try to minimise the amount of packaging material that ends up as waste or in the recycling bin. We want to do things well, right and with care. We are tired of trivial babble. Justice and equality between people are self-evident truths. Trying to understand one another, to come together and to listen, those are the most important things. Except when the other person is wrong.
Each year we donate 5 % of our company’s profit to a charity chosen for that year. We look for projects that support globally sustainable and constructive development, such as providing education for girls in the most poverty-stricken parts of the world.