Team

The faces behind Caracara.

 

We are a design studio that focuses on creating spatial products, installations and artwork using natural materials made from local waste resources. Our work offers an alternative to environmentally harmful materials. All of our materials and products are manufactured in our workshop in Helsinki using unique techniques. We believe in creating outcomes that are in harmony with nature, and want to inspire people and companies to join the bio-movement.

Caracara gets its name from a bird, which is native to Central and South America. Like many birds, caracaras collect ‘waste’ and create their nests from it. This reflects our vision of recycling and making use of what is available. Also, caracara is a type of orange whose peel is one of the key ingredients of our materials.

 

The Team

 
 
Aleksi Vesaluoma   Curious and playful designer and problem-solver for environmental and social causes. Experienced in bio-based material development. Co-founder of  Mandin Collective  and Material Development Manager at  Biohm .

Aleksi Vesaluoma

Curious and playful designer and problem-solver for environmental and social causes. Experienced in bio-based material development. Co-founder of Mandin Collective and Material Development Manager at Biohm.

Viljam Ahdekivi   Thoughtful and industrious innovator with a mind for strategy, a respect for all living things, and a passion for tackling the big universal issues. Knowledgeable in business, geopolitics, sustainability and competent in six languages.

Viljam Ahdekivi

Thoughtful and industrious innovator with a mind for strategy, a respect for all living things, and a passion for tackling the big universal issues. Knowledgeable in business, geopolitics, sustainability and competent in six languages.

 
 
 
Anna-Katri Kulmala   Versatile and dynamic people person with big love for planet earth. A passionate idea generator & active citizen with a lot of knowledge about the Arctic, sustainability and the global food system.

Anna-Katri Kulmala

Versatile and dynamic people person with big love for planet earth. A passionate idea generator & active citizen with a lot of knowledge about the Arctic, sustainability and the global food system.

Aleksi Puustinen   Designer & Maker. Background in fine woodworking. Currently studying Furniture Design and making contemporary hand-made furniture and art. Interested in sustainability and experimenting with different materials and techniques. Love for creating things.

Aleksi Puustinen

Designer & Maker. Background in fine woodworking. Currently studying Furniture Design and making contemporary hand-made furniture and art. Interested in sustainability and experimenting with different materials and techniques. Love for creating things.

Partners

We collect our orange peels from the juice machines at K-Markets in Helsinki. We also collect other fruit peels, plant trimmings and textile waste, but we are always open to explore new materials. The vegetables and plants for the Living Man installation are grown by Ahlberg garden.

BIOHM is our Partner in material development.

 

Collaboration

Mandin is a art and design collective that Aleksi co-founded with design friends while living in London. Their work ranges from sculpture and graphic design to material exploration and interactive installations. From time to time Caracara will work on projects in collaboration with Mandin and their international team of skilled artisans and designers.

 
 

Friends

We have very talented friends with helping hands and know how.

Vera Illy

Visual content designer & Sustainability advocate

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Tania Malréchauffé

Graphic designer

 
 
 
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