Born in a small city in Finland, Riikka now lives and works as an illustrator in Berlin, Germany, where she also earned her Masters in Illustration at the Berlin University of Arts. She is a member of the German illustration collective »Parallel Universe« and publishes her own zines and books in small editions. 

Feel free to contact her for commissions or collaborations or just to say hello!

»Laakso’s work is both minimal and complex. Her modular grids and diagonal lines, which first appear flat and two-dimensional, take on a depth, even in mostly muted palettes. Her map-like compositions paired with textured patterns produce a collage effect. Skewed perspectives turn traditional rules of proportion upside down with echoes of folk art, creating a refreshingly analog feel in a digital world.«

AIGA Eye on Design

riikka

Press

IT‘S NICE THAT (1)
IT‘S NICE THAT (2)
IT‘S NICE THAT (3)
AIGA EYE ON DESIGN (1)
AIGA EYE ON DESIGN (2)
SENSE OF CREATIVITY
PAGE MAGAZINE 
DESIGN MADE IN GERMANY


Selected Clients

ZEIT CAMPUS
HOHE LUFT
HANDELSBLATT
NIDO
DAILY TELEGRAPH
SIEMENS
PSYCHOLOGIE HEUTE
PLANSPONSOR
ELTERN
SPIEGEL WISSEN
FAZ INSTITUT
DEUTSCHES MUSEUM
MISSY MAGAZIN
THEATER MARBURG
RE:SURGO
SLANTED  

 

Awards

HANS-MEID-STIFTUNG 
FÖRDERPREIS 2015 

FÖRDERPREIS FÜR 
JUNGE BUCHGESTALTUNG 2016
SHORTLIST 

3X3 ANNUAL NO.11
DISTINGUISHED MERIT: 
STUDENT SHOW
3X3 MAGAZINE 2015

 

Exhibitions

4/2016 
TOLLE HEFTE EXHIBITION 
BOLOGNA 

2/2016 
MINISTERIUM FÜR ILLUSTRATION 
BERLIN

11/2015 
HANS-MEID-PREIS EXHIBITION 
HAMBURG

10/2014
WINKELDRUCKEREY, SPEYER