Mirja Pitkäärt is an Estonian designer currently based in Paris. She studied leather design in Tallinn and textile design in Vienna, and after that she took a MA Fashion Artefact course at the London College of Fashion. With a background in bookbinding and fine leatherwork, Mirja creates accessories that blur the borders between fashion and product design. Objects of enduring value is her final collection. It consists of eight pieces intended to be sustainable and pleasurable to the touch. In Mirja Pitkäärt’s work the material used is of key importance. It enables the user to understand the object and also avers a positive ageing process. The pieces made out of wood and leather don't only look beautiful, but also stand the test of time.
Emotionally durable design is a new genre of sustainable design recognised by Jonathan Chapman. It is an approach that intends to reduce consumption and waste by increasing the durability of relationships established between users and products. A design concept that deals with studies about how material surfaces age and develop through time and use, and how objects would be capable of supporting deeper and more meaningful relationships with their users over a longer period of time. Investigating the principles of emotionally durable design, I intended to develop a personal design approach aiming to encourage emotional value of things and to extend the lifespan of objects of use. Using methods of production that are a combination of traditional and industrial manufacturing to create products that stand for meaningful and sincere design. Working between the areas of the hand-made and mass-production and differing the meaning of value from luxury in the context of design objects.”