The Guardian’s Interview with Nokia’s Marko Ahtisaari

9. February 2012 at 09:16



The Guardian recently published an indeed interesting interview with Nokia’s executive vice president of design, Marko Ahtisaari. In the interview Athisaari talks about he evolution of smartphones as well as the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia N9.

One commentator, I say, described the Lumia 800 as like the negative of the iPhone 4: it’s rounded where that is square, square where that is rounded, curved where that is flat. And it feels really nice in the hand. So was the Lumia/N9 thought of as a negative of the iPhone?

There’s a long pause. It’s like waiting for Finland’s winter sun to rise.

“We at no point thought about it,” Ahtisaari eventually says firmly. “But we didn’t start from that. Our aim was to start and make the most beautiful phone, where we took away every unnecessary element. In the N8, we had the extruded form. And looked to rapidly evolve it, with better materials. To build something that looks advanced but feels very human. We tried hundreds of variants. This aesthetic follows what way this is manufactured. Two pieces of polycarbonate, which is then just finished using material finishing technique for the speaker holes. And the display, which is laminated so it folds into the surface of the product.”

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