Maarit Salolainen

Adjunct Professor

Research units & titles

Artistic and research interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Arts (Art and Design), Taideteollinen korkeakoulu

Professional Qualifications

  • Creative director,


  • Textile design, Functional textiles, Interior textiles, Fashion textiles, Textile structures, Textile fibres, Industrial textile Design, Contract textiles, Constructed textile design, Woven fabrics, Jacquard fabrics, Printed textiles, Surface design, Textile and Fashion pedagogy, Experimental pedagogy, Multidisciplinary pedagogy

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