Wesley Walters and Salla Luhtasela are Aalto University design students, who won the first FDS Award in 2016 with their Perch bar stool. They share not only a similar taste in design but also an eventful path to the field. Their work has been influenced by both Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics.
Walters and Luhtasela, brought together by their studies, design minimalist wooden and ceramic products under the name Kaksikko, Finnish for duo or twosome. Their ceramic Piippu coffee pot and filter won the third prize in the Muuto Talent Award 2015, and the Michelin-starred restaurant Ask in Helsinki serves its menu on tableware designed by Walters and Luhtasela. Perch, the FDS Award winner, is now part of Nikari?s range of high-quality wooden furniture.