How it all began

It all began with buttons. And it all sprang from a real need: Kaija Aarikka, then a student at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, was unable to find any buttons to go with a dress she had designed. So she made them herself. The story of her distinctive, eye-catching buttons soon had a sequel in jewellery. And February 24, 1954 went down as the day that Aarikka was born.

Round shapes appealed to Kaija Aarikka from the very beginning. The buttons and wooden trinkets were followed by silver jewellery, candlesticks, toys, giftware and decorations.

Original, bold and natural were the key Aarikka attributes, just as they are today. We are still inspired by spherical shapes, and other key elements in Aarikka products are vividness, coziness and joy.

Take a tour around the Aarikka museum! In our virtual museum, we have collected intriguing and good-humoured excerpts from the past: newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, product images, and stories from along the road of Aarikka and Finnish design, over a period of more than six decades. Many of the museum’s pieces awaken memories and experiences of recognition, but do you remember the brass waistcoat from the 1960s or the silver tie from the 1970s? Or what about the Palloshakki chess game or the mobile phone stand?

We want the globe to stay round. Which is why our production methods and materials are guided by a respect for nature.

Aarikka wants to bring joy and inspiration:
Wherever you are, and wherever you go, make the Aarikka story come alive. If it´s cold and grey, light a warm little flame and jingle some round wooden beads. Give your friends a silver sparkle and a wealth of form. For that is where joy lives and thrives.
(Advertisement, 1969)