"I couldn't find it in the market, so I made it myself." Helena Mattila, founder of Everyday Design
Nearly all of our products have been designed in the first place, because there hasn't been anything like them in the market or they have had significant practicality issues. So, we've had to make them better ourselves and trust that other people will also value and appreciate functionality in our products.
How our name came to be?
Everyday Design was founded in 1995, but it had a different name back then - Basic Furniture. The name just didn't quite fit well with Finns and it didn't really represent our products perfectly. Sure, our products are minimalistic and timeless, but boring or basic they are not. Their priority is to help people with their everyday life and that's how the came to be Everyday Design.
Who's the woman behind the company?
The idea for starting Everyday Design came to Helena Mattila, founder, when she wanted to create products that would be functional and helpful in the day-to-day life.
Her background is a little suprising as she hasn't studied industrial designing or any creative fields for that matter. She wanted to be a doctor, but after not getting in to medical school after two tries, she ended up studying law. Even though having a law degree, she hasn't actually worked as a lawyer ever.
She worked in banking industry as a venture capitalist for years and studied her MBA degree on the side. Soon after her banking career, she head out to Tekes (now Business Finland), but oh, how wrong fit that was for her.
She had founded Everyday Design already during her banking years, but now the time was right for her to go into entrepreneur world full time. Her economist/lawyer background is definitely an advantage as an entrepreneur, but for business, the most important thing is to have great product.
Our first products
Our first product was a house lamp. The prototype of it had a light bulb inside a milkcartoon. Eventually, the the house lamp got its final look, but one can still see dash of the milk carton design in it. It was selected by Richard Sapper to be part of International Design Year Book 1998. It was first sold in a Stockholm-based design boutique, not in Finland. We started off very international in the very beginning.
Next product was Paper rolls -sorting wastebin, which was in the market for two years and then it was sold to Martela, big Finnish office furniture manufacturing company. It was that product that lit up our passion towards sustainabability and recycling, which are still our core themes in the 2020's.
In the late 90's / beginning of 00's, we started concentrating on design recycling products and the Helsinki -paper bag holder saw the daylight.
We share in social media stories behind our products. We tell what's the inspiration behind them and what are all the different ways to use them. Most of our products are multifunctional and all one might not even know all the ways they can use them. But sometimes a product only has one purpose. For example, the house lamp is really just a lamp, but beautiful though.
Design awards and international channels
Over the years, our products have won multiple international design awards and the products have been on display in different places, such as International Design Year Book / 1998 (Richard Sapper) and 2000 (Ingo Maurer), Helsinki European Design Capital 2000 and German Design Council 2015-2016.
Our products have made it to several domestic and international design boutiques and museums, for example MOMA (New York), London Design Museum, Korea, Japan and Europe.
1.1. To make an order, the customer needs to be registered. When placing the first order:
a) the customer needs to register into Everyday Design customer file and give required information. (Name, address, e-mail and information of delivered orders.)
b) The customer allows Everyday Design Oy to register above information to its customer file. Everyday Design customer information is confidential and is not given to external partners.
1.2. The customer needs to be careful while making orders from Everyday Design web trade.
2. The validity of an order
2.1. Everyday Design Oy and customer can communicate by e-mail, by mail or by phone. The customer commits to keep an eye on his/her e-mail to notice the incoming order confirmation.
2.2. The firm sales contract will come into force when Everyday Design Oy has sent an order confirmation.
2.3. The customer is allowed to cancel the full order or parts of it before delivery. The cancellation can be made by e-mail, mail or phone. The delivery has taken place when the customer has received at least a part of the delivery, or has received the notice that the goods are ready to collect from the post office.
2.4. After customer has made an order, Everyday Design can not change the conditions of agreement.
3.1. All prices do include VAT 24%. The current prices are shown at Everyday Design web trade. The current price is shown in euros (EUR).
4.1. The delivery time for goods is approx. one week. The delivery time is confirmed by an order confirmation.
4.2. If the customer definitely needs to get the product by a certain date, this must be clearly communicated to Everyday Design for in advance (for example when placing an order). Everyday Design is doing its best to meet reasonable expectations regarding to delivery date.
4.3. If the customer is ordering products with different delivery times, the full order will be delivered according to the longest one.
4.4. All deliveries will be made through Posti (Finnish Post), Matkahuolto or GLS depending on the country and the delivery method that customer has chosen, unless something else has not agreed between the customer and Everyday Design.
5. Terms of Payment
5.1.We accept payments via Paypal. We accept following credit cards: Visa, Visa Electron, Master Card.
By ordering from our online store you allow us to register all required information to our customer file in order to deliver your order. Our customer information is confidential and is not given to external partners.
6.1. The customer is allowed to return unused goods within 14 days from receiving them, excluding the receiving day. The product and its package have to be in the same condition than it was when the customer received.
6.2. The customer is responsible for the costs for the return or exchange of product(s). If the product has been faulty or damaged, Everyday Design is responsible for the return costs.
6.3. The customer is asked to contact Everyday Design before returning by e-mail, info(a)everydaydesign.fi. When Everyday Design has received the product, the price of the product (excluding the postage) will be returned promptly.
6.4. The return address is Everyday Design, Holkkitie 6, 00880 Helsinki. Please include your name and order number to the package. Refunds will be issued to the original form of payment only.
7. Transport damages
7.1. Sometimes the cases might damage during the transport despite the careful packaging. For that reason it would be highly recommended to check the status of the package at the post office while collecting the package. If the package is damaged during the transport (and also the goods inside the package are damaged) make a damage report at the post office immediately. Then contact our customer service to arrange a delivery of new product.
8.1. If the customer receives a wrong product of the product is damaged etc. the customer has to inform Everyday Design about this within a reasonable time by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The faulty delivery can be returned without postage according to Everyday Design nstructions (art. 6). The claim/advise by e-mail has to be made BEFORE returning. When Everyday Design has received the product, the price of the product (including the postage) will be returned promptly.
9. Force majeure
9.1. Everyday Design Oy is not responsible if the delivery is delayed or can not be made because of factors Everyday Design has no influence. This kind of factors are war, catastrophe, export- or import bans, decisions of authorities, strike or other factors which averts Everyday Design activities.
10.1. Disagreements caused by this trade agreement are solved according to Finnish law.