Interior designer Nanna Ihamäki was interviewed by Marketing Manager Kaisa Siipilehto, who participated in creating new concepts for the meeting facilities at Messukeskus.
– In Messukeskus we reinvent ourselves constantly as we aim to provide our customers with the opportunity to organise their events in an energising yet functional environment. We listen to our customers and are always on the look-out for new ideas to develop. Comprehensive renovations were carried out this summer with an emphasis on comfort, ergonomics and a stimulating atmosphere.
No more just white walls
Nanna designed the interiors for the new RENTO and LOISTO meeting rooms as well as the ecologically-oriented restaurant Olohuone. Her designs have already gained attention and acclaim.
– Traditional furnishing is simply not enough anymore. Previously, customers arranged and outfitted the rooms, and the materials produced at meetings found their way onto plain white walls. Now people also want the meeting room to inspire them. The vision of Messukeskus is to provide a stimulating, people-friendly and economical meeting venue, and this applies to our interior too, Nanna explains.
Ergonomics is an important part of well-being at work, which, in turn, is reflected in the competitiveness of companies. When people feel good at work, they work more effectively. The environment in which you spend your whole work day is not insignificant, regardless of whether we are talking about the office, or a training day location.
Functionality is the key
Nanna provided flexibility and a personal touch to our meeting rooms. RENTO’s tables can be tilted and fully adjusted according to one’s height. Chairs and tables are easy to move, and adapt easily to the day’s event as they can be rearranged from a classroom setting into other settings ideal for team work, for example. In RENTO up to 40 people can meet in a relaxed and inspiring environment.
RENTO is a windowless space, so colourful and lively wallpapers and furnishings were chosen to create a cheerful and light-filled atmosphere. Yellow is known for its ability to increase concentration, and green reminds us of nature and has a calming and relaxing effect on us. All this makes RENTO particularly suitable for all kinds of trainings and seminars.
LOISTO is the diamond of our meeting facilities. The elegant salon and the sturdy meeting table accommodate up to 14 persons.
– I wanted to create a dark-coloured and dignified space that nonetheless has some character. The humoristic fish pattern in the wallpaper gives a certain lightness even to more formal meetings, and the shiny brass details add a touch of luxury. This is a meeting room where you want to invite customers to pamper them with a little luxury. LOISTO is particularly well-suited for board meetings and elegant dinners to celebrate success, added Nanna.