Maarit Salolainen

Maarit Salolainen

Adjunct professor
Department of Design
Adjunct professor

Maarit Salolainen is 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 developed 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, Salolainen works internationally as a creative director consulting textile manufacturers and interior textile editors. Currently she works as a creative director for the Turkish textile mill Vanelli, leading a team of over 20 designers in developing new concepts, products and collections for international interior textile editors and brands. Salolainen's past positions include working as creative director for the Mumbai based Indian mill G.M. Fabrics

In 2013 Salolainen was awarded with the Designer of the Year award by the Finnish Designers association.


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Collection management, Textile structures, Jacquard fabrics, Color design, Material design, Surface design, Textile design, Fashion textiles, Interior textiles, Contract textiles, Functional textiles, PatternLab, Product portfolio management, Constructed textiles, Woven fabrics, 3D surface design, Fashion, Print design


Designers of the year 2013: Textile Designer of the year

Palkinto tai huomionosoitus urasta Muotoilun laitos Jan 2013

Dean's Award: Commmunity Building Outside Own Field

The idea of Experimental Textile Design, with Maarit Salolainen leading it, is to open textile knowledge to other disciplines. The joint ARTS/ENG course provides an opportunity for design and engineering students to explore experimental design approaches and fabrication processes. A shared learning process combines textile knowledge and an engineering approach renewing both areas. Students develop ideas among peers from different backgrounds through collaboration.
Palkinto tai huomionosoitus tuotoksesta Muotoilun laitos Dec 2017


Ioncell gala dress for the First Lady of Finland

Pirjo Kääriäinen, Marja Rissanen, Sanna Hellsten, Herbert Sixta, Pirjo Hirvonen, Maarit Salolainen, Helmi Liikanen, Emma Saarnio, Sari Kivioja, Reetta Myllymäki 2018

Opening up New Textile Futures through Collaborative Rethinking and Remaking

Kirsi Niinimäki, Maarit Salolainen, Pirjo Kääriäinen 2018 Soft Landing


Maarit Salolainen, Matilda Palmu 2018

Transforming Fashion Expression through Textile Thinking

Maarit Salolainen, Anna-Mari Leppisaari, Kirsi Niinimäki 2018 Arts

Crossing over Boundaries through Experimental Pedagogy

Maarit Salolainen, Jouni Partanen, Oldouz Moslemian, Eeva Suorlahti, Panu Kiviluoma, Kirsi Niinimäki 2017 REDO

Tekstiili16 exhibition

Maarit Salolainen, Milla Lintilä 2016