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City of Lahti: Working In The Woods, 4

Feeling bored due to the dullness of remote work? Take your laptop and march into the forest to work in a calm, peaceful environment! This is now possible in Finland - the city of Lahti wanted to encourage its residents to enjoy the calming effect of nature and has therefore set up remote workstations in the city's nature sites free for everyone to use. The Viita-workstations have been made in collaboration by creative agency TBWAHelsinki and Finnish design company Upwood. The Viita-workstations are a part of Lahti’s year as European Green Capital 2021, and the campaign highlights the future of remote work and changing needs of workers by using Nordic design. Residents and tourists can use the workstations for free in five different locations around the city's nature sites. Lahti also shares the design for open use and encourages other actors to set up their own workstations. Finnish design expertise and nature meet in Viita-workstations in a unique way. The concept of remote workstations in forest was developed by a team of students from LAB Institute of Design and Fine Arts, and the Viita-workstations are designed in the Innovation Lab of TBWAHelsinki. The workstations are made of Finnish spruce by a Lahti-based carpenter from design company Upwood. Nature was strongly present throughout the design process of the Viita workstations. The design reflects ecology, locality and functionality. The workstations are unique in terms of usability, and differ from traditional camping tables due to their functions that are specifically designed for remote working. They include a telephone and a cup holder, an area for one’s laptop, a place to put one’s pens and a possibility to hang a bag or purse. Viita workstations are made of Finnish spruce, which is durable material for outdoor use. The use of spruce has a long history in Finland, and as a material it represents the Finnish forest at its best. The workstations are attached to trees so that no harm is done to the trees after installation and removal. Viita workstations will be in use for the first time this autumn as a part of the Green Capital Year.
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Marco Mäkinen - Executive Vice President, strategy

Maija Naumanen - Account Manager

Ella Komulainen - Account Director

Paula Sonne - Head of Communications

Juhana Hokkanen - Innovation Director

Umberto Onza - Lead Innovation Designer

Tuomas Karvonen - Creative Content Strategist

Henna Rajala - Project Coordinator

Tommi Selander - Graphic Designer

Saana Simander - Communications and PR specialist

Sara Pitzén - Junior Communications Specialist

Ellen Lindbom - Junior Communications Specialist

Emmi Paajanen - Communications Trainee

Tomi Salo - Innovation Design Trainee

Other: Antti Halme, Mikko Santonen, Miikka Seppä, Ville Ohtonen, Melissa Kuitunen, Ossi Pettilä


Saara Piispanen - Head of Communications

Toivo Heinimäki - Communications Planner

Maria Ansas - Communications and Marketing Planner


Petri Talvio - Carpenter, Upwood

Miika Lahdentausta - Student, LAB Institute of Design and Fine Arts

Nina Lehto - Student, LAB Institute of Design and Fine Arts

Emma Hämäläinen - Student, LAB Institute of Design and Fine Arts

Meri Majlund - Student, LAB Institute of Design and Fine Arts

Petra Siponen - Student, LAB Institute of Design and Fine Arts

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