Maarit Salolainen is Adjunct Professor for Textile Design at Aalto University. She is an experienced international textile design professional with passion for bringing textile knowledge to multidisciplinary platforms. Salolainen has been developing higher education studies in the field of textile and surface design, focusing on renewing textile studio pedagogy and linking textiles studies to fashion education. She has been developing experimental pedagogy for multidisciplinary courses exposing engineering students to design processes.
In addition to her academic work, she works globally as a creative director consulting textile manufacturers and interior textile editors. Salolainen's past positions include working as creative director for the Mumbai based Indian mill G.M. Fabrics leading the team of 30 designers in developing new concepts, products and collections for international interior textile editors and brands as well as the in-house brand. Currently Marit Salolainen works as a creative director for the Turkish interior textile mill Vanelli.
In 2014 Salolainen was awarded with the Designer of the Year award by the Finnish Designers association.