Päivi Tahkokallio

Päivi Tahkokallio
Founder & CEO
Tahkokallio Design+

Päivi Tahkokallio is founder and CEO of Tahkokallio Design+, a Finnish design thinking and strategic design practice.

Tahkokallio, with her track record on social design, has been called “the mother of arctic design.” Creator of the brand for Arctic Design Week, In Finland, she helped the city of Rovaniemi to partner with Helsinki, the World Design Capital in 2012, and was the catalyst in the inclusion of arctic design in the national Arctic Strategy of Finland. Since 2013, she has served as chair of the Design Committee at the Lapland Chamber of Commerce.


Arctic Design as Change Maker

The vast area of the Arctic—3,5 times the area encompassed by the United States but with a scarce population of only four million people—was for a very long time an uninteresting part of the globe for many. But that’s changed in the past decade, mostly because of climate change and expected business development opportunities.

Can design play a role in sustainable development of the Arctic? Päivi Tahkokallio in the Finnish Lapland thinks it can, and should, and has started developing Arctic Design as an approach to tackle the complex challenges.