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Elina Aalto (b.1976) and Klaus Aalto (b. 1975) opened their Helsinki-based design office in 2010 to work with products, spaces and exhibitions. The designers share a desire to create special everyday objects with a strong identity and story. Their inspiration comes from time-tested old techniques, factories and flea markets. They excel in creating unique and imaginative things that are simple and timeless. Besides Iittala, Aalto + Aalto have designed products for many distinctive companies including Mifuko. Their work has been widely exhibited and is included in collections of the Design Museum in Helsinki and Quebec. In 2014, Aalto + Aalto was awarded the prestigious iF Golden Product Design Award for their innovative Vakka, a multi-functional container that can be used as a stackable piece of furniture.