Martina was born in 1979 in Vasa on the west coast of Finland.

Her own studio, founded in 2009, focuses mainly on product design but also on interior design, graphic work and unconventional concept generation.

Having lived, worked and studied in Vasa, London, Oslo and now Helsinki Martina holds an international approach to design and life in general.

Her goal as a designer is to bring function, esthetics and timelessness together. Martina's great interest in observing the everyday, her surroundings and behaviour of people inspires her and gives her work an identity and a reason to be.

Martina dreams about qualitative rather than quantitative consumption and the open sea.



School of Art and Design, Aalto University, Helsinki
MA Applied Art and Design 2006-2010

AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design
MA Industrial Design 2005-2006

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
University of the Arts London
BA (Honours) Product Design 2000-2003

Camberwell College of Arts
University of the Arts London
Foundation in 3-dimensional Design 1999-2000



MoA, Masters of Arts 2001 - Salmisaari, Helsinki 2011
Open 140, School of Art and Design - Design Museum, Helsinki 2011
Prototyp Köln, sales exhibition - Helsinki 2010
100% Norway - Stockholm Furniture Fair, Stockholm 2010
It’s Norwegian - Norsu Galleria, Helsinki 2010
Young Designer Event - Stockmann Argos Hall, Helsinki 2009
This side up, Four young designers - Valencia 2007
Helsinki Hotel - Salone del Mobile, Milan 2007
Helsinki Hotel - Designmuseo, Helsinki 2007
Are They Talking to Me? - School of Art and Design, Helsinki 2007
100% Norway - London Design Week, London 2006
Neues Design aus Norwegen - Berlin 2004
Today - Brussels 2003
Mind Body Soul, APME Plastic Competition (1st prize UK) - London 2002
100%Design, APME Plastic Competition - London 2002
100%Design, Abet Laminati Ltd. - London 2001
Progetto Millennio 2001, Vetrerie Bruni - Verona 2001



Own design studio Martina Carpelan
Founded in 2009

Oy Botnia Marin Ab, Malax Finland. Manufacturer of Targa motorboats
Designer 2006-ongoing

Frost Produkt AS, Oslo Norway. Design consultancy
Junior Designer, 2002-2005