Lapin Kansa & Uusi Rovaniemi

Hei, soitinkohan oikeaan numeroon, tai siis että oletko sinä se dildonainen? Kysymys putkahtaa suusta ilman harkintaa. Ehkä yrityksenä on rikkoa jäätä, kun asia on niin kuumottava.

”Kyllä, minä se olen”, Tea Latvala vastaa reippaasti nauraen. Hän on vastannut kysymykseen lukuisia kertoja.

Tea Latvala suunnittelee, valmistuttaa, markkinoi ja myy puisia dildoja eli hieromasauvoja Teatiamo Industries -yrityksensä nimissä.

 

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What do you feel – TEATIAMO

True Story behind TEATIAMO

Sometimes my story is too complicated to start telling it to a complete stranger. But this is how it began – written by Matilda Kivelä:

”There was a door in Miami that I walked past almost every day. It looked so tantalising, yet every time I tried to open it it was locked. For some reason, it kept calling my name and I kept stopping to try its handle to see if it was open. On the day I told my then-boyfriend to pack his bags and leave our shared home, I walked past the door. It was unlocked and a tiny woman was in. She asked me if I knew why the door had been locked until that morning, quickly replying to her own question. “It was locked because you were not ready until now.” It sent chills down my spine.

We started a long process of healing, working on my strengths and weaknesses together. We became friends. Once during a meditation session, she suddenly sprung up, holding her small hands parallel to each other and exclaimed “I see dildos in beautiful wooden boxes!” While it would be poetic to say that it was an epiphany, I was actually confused by her outburst. It kind of made me feel a bit dirty. At that point I had been working in fashion and as an art director for years. Becoming a dildo dealer was not part of my plan.

I flew back to Finland and over that spring, ideas of something of my own started to form. I was suffering from insomnia and when night fell I would build vast empires of ideas and dreams in my mind. It was not long before my thoughts would reach their crystallisation in the form of dildos. I had actually had a name for my brand long before the dildos. It was born over dinner one night, when an Italian couple asked me why I did not have my own brand yet. “Tea, ti amo,” they exclaimed, “it is a perfect name for a brand!” Tea, ti amo – Tea, I love you. The dildos fit the name perfectly. It is the pinnacle of what they symbolise – learning to accept and love yourself.

The shape of the dildos was born organically – I often drew the same form on notepads and pieces of paper when I was on the phone. The shape grew on me little by little and I later refined it to resemble a more clean-cut half-circle. When I lived through difficult nights, I sustained my dreams with the idea that I would one day be able to showcase what I have achieved. I wanted to bring dildos into the realm of aesthetics, out of the grotty sex dens of the 1990s. I wanted to break some of the taboos that still hang over us.

Some people expect me to be some kind of ultra-sexual nymph just because I design sexual objects. Sometimes I get feedback about the way I look – people tell me that I could and should be sexier and expect me to show and tell. My aim is to be a credible designer and businesswoman, so in my mind there should not be a link between my dildos and the way I look. It makes me furious when people tell me I should wear different clothes or let my long hair down – I can be a successful businesswoman even if I’m dressed in lounge wear with my hair up in a tight bun. As a woman, I have to justify my existence no matter what I look like or what I do and it is almost as if I was expected to apologise for what I am. Sorry for being tall, sorry for having long hair that I want to tie up – and sorry for having designed something that I can stick up yours!

In some ways, I feel like I am a pioneer of some sorts. Dildos are not anything new, but it does feel like I have hit some nerve since there has been so much controversy and discussion around my business. I had no idea how many tornadoes I would have to survive when I started. Sometimes, when I look back, it feels like the things I do are guided by something bigger and with hindsight, I can see how everything is connected. It is no longer just about the dildos, but about something bigger – I believe that they will open new doors and ideas, shatter some ceilings and kick through some doors. They already have. It has been a battle, but it feels like I am exactly the right person for this task.”

Tea Latvala is the founder and CEO of TEATIAMO, a startup that blends design and high-end sex toys. Latvala holds a Master of Arts degree from the Helsinki School of Arts, Design and Architecture. From 2007 to 2008, she co-hosted 14 episodes of G-piste (“G-spot” in Finnish), a talk show about sexuality.

Written by Matilda Kivelä

Photo by Bryan Saragosa

Story in NORDIC SPIRITS magazine

In Finnish Media: Me Naiset

MENAISET tyylikkäimmät

Nämä seksilelut kehtaa jättää yöpöydälle lojumaan. Seksilelun ei ole pakko näyttää avaruusoliolta tai lastenhuoneesta karanneelta. Valitsimme 13 tyylikästä seksilelua, joita ei tarvitse piilottaa yöpöydän laatikkoon.

No nyt on ehtaa suomalaista designia! Tea Latvalan perustama Teatiamo valmistaa dildoja luonnonmateriaaleista, esimerkiksi koivusta ja lepästä. Yritys sai alkunsa Latvalan halusta suunnitella tyylikäs seksilelu, jota kelpaa säilyttää vaikka kirjahyllyssä.

In Finnish Media: Talouselämä

Yllättävä Suomi-design leviää maailmalle: ”Tikuista ei ole pelkoa, jos ei ole halko hanurissa jo valmiiksi”

Teatiamo-brändillä toimiva suomalainen design-yritys markkinoi puusta valmistettuja dildojaan eli masturbointivälineitään nyt Yhdysvaltain sekä Kiinan ja Singaporen markkinoille, yhtiö kertoo tiedotteessaan.

Tiedotteen mukaan yhdysvaltalainen Good Vibes -ketju on ottanut Teatiamon luksusdildoja myyntiin pariin lippulaivamyymäläänsä. Puudildoja on myös lähetetty näytille Kiinaan ja Singaporeen.

Teatiamon verkkokaupassa puudildon hinta vaihtelee 189 eurosta 239 euroon. Puudildoja varmistetaan neljästä eri puulajista: koivusta, tervalepästä, pyökistä ja pähkinäpuusta.

Dildot valmistetaan puusepäntehtaalla, ja niiden pinta viimeistellään myrkyttömällä akryylilakalla, mikä tekee puun pinnasta sileän ja lasimaisen. ”Tikuista ei ole pelkoa, jos ei ole halko hanurissa jo valmiiksi”, sanoo Teatiamon perustaja ja dildojen suunnittelija Tea Latvala.

Latvala on pyrkinyt suunnittelussaan siihen, että jokainen suunniteltu tuote sopii pidettäväksi esillä esimerkiksi kirjahyllyssä tai pöydällä henkilökohtaisen käytön lisäksi. Latvalan mukaan “kaikki riippuu lopulta käyttäjän omasta design-mausta, mutta myös rohkeudesta”.

In Estonian Media: TV3 ’Soome uus NOKIA?”

EESTI TV3 interview

Soome disainer Tea Latvala äratas Soome meedias tähelepanu eriliste puust valmistatud dildodega ning selleks äritegevuseks sai naine ka ettevõtlustoetust. Käsitööna valmistatud puust dildod on tänaseks täiesti müügil ja saadaval ning nende hind algab 169-st eurost. Vaata lähemalt videost!

Fun News From Miami

We are waiting to get the approval for TEATIAMO Kickstarter campaign ’FINDING AMY SCHUMER’ starting here in Miami. Hopefully next week we’ll have more to tell you. So far so good!

FINDING AMY SCHUMER VIDEO

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Good News From Miami

Good news from Miami! Over a week ago I got invited to a gallery opening here in Miami midtown. The beautiful Gallery by Formato is first of its kind in USA and is located in 3201 N Miami Avenue. The Gallery mostly represents designs from Brazil.

Since 26th of January 2016 I got my TEATIAMO products delivered in the gallery and featured there. As you can see from the pictures they have taken over the place in piece and harmony. I can salute my co entrepreneur Javier Vico for making great decisions. TEATIAMO is taking over Miami with baby steps but those are still counted as steps.

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Piece and harmony of the colors

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I could personally live in this place

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TEATIAMO on top of Tom Ford – right where it should be

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All TEATIAMO products are shipped in beautiful design boxes

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Both products have their own specific scents

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From top to bottom meet Mister Wenge, Mister Rosewood and Mister Ash Wood

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I am sure Tom Ford likes it this way

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Mister Rosewood is chatting with Mister Wenge

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Circulation of life

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Miami Calls These Balls

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”It’s better to create something that others criticise than to create nothing and criticise others.”

The year 2016 will be totally different than any other year before. I will be running two companies actually. Tea Latvala Design is a sole trader company which focuses on visual design and consulting. TEATIAMO Industries Co is a joint-stock corporation which has its focus on designing, producing and selling design sex toys as well as lingerie. Next year will be pretty exciting in so many ways. I’ll be acting as CEO in both.

15th of January this lady is dragging her business across the globe and landing in Miami Florida. Those three months in Miami will give some guidelines on future products, sales and international markets in general. Miami calls these balls and I’ll keep you guys informed. At least I will post pictures of me and my friends having those fat Mojitos by the pool side.