It all began with buttons. And it all sprang from a real need: Kaija Aarikka, then a student at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, was unable to find any buttons to go with a dress she had designed. So she made them herself. The story of her distinctive, eye-catching buttons soon had a sequel in jewellery. And February 24, 1954 went down as the day that Aarikka was born. Round shapes appealed to Kaija Aarikka from the very beginning. The buttons and wooden trinkets were followed by silver jewellery, candlesticks, toys, giftware and decorations. Original, bold and natural were the key Aarikka attributes, just as they are today. We want the globe to stay round. Which is why our production methods and materials are guided by a respect for nature.