Kaija Aarikka (1929-) is one of Finland's most famous designers of wooden articles.
Classic wooden Aarikka pieces, especially toys have received international awars for their design and playing characteristics.
Aarikka began operating over 50 years ago, 1954. To start with, the products were designed and sold by the artist herself. Kaija's significance in reawakening Finnish wood traditions has been tremendous. One indication of this is the numerous trays, dishes and other such household items which she has designed. Aarikka's pratical and decorative articles are natural, ecological products. The nature of Finland has always been an unfailing source of inspiration. 'I want to bring out the beauty of wood and give it emphasis in reduced forms. My works are a song of praise to wood,' Kaija Aarikka says.