MINNA RUNDGREN

PRODUCT DESIGNER

I am a design specialist in technical sports apparel:¬†Consumer Insights Research, Concept creation, R&D, Collection realization and Category leadership. My work experience is based in large international brands: Nike and Salomon.¬†I have Master’s degrees both in Apparel Design and Design Business Management which enables me to work on¬†multidisciplinary¬†concepts.



I originally come from Finnish Lapland and have lived in several countries. I am installed in the French Alps near Annecy. I am passionate for sports such as skiing (cross-country/alpine/backcountry) trail running, wind-surfing, biking (road/mountain) and rock climbing. They have greatly helped me to understand outdoors as a playground and a source of well-being.

I am happy helping you to define your design strategy and collection creation with an open mind and energy. I am looking at ways to make products more sustainable and integrate the systemic approach. 

SENIOR PRODUCT DESIGNER SPORTS APPAREL - SALOMON, FRANCE 2008 - 2021

Designing across all sports categories M/W at Salomon including diverse SKI (on-piste, all mountain), athletic OUTDOOR, versatile MULTISPORTS, demanding ENDURANCE SPORTS (run and Nordic skiing) and urban inspired SPORTSWEAR. 

Re-defining on-piste and all mountain offer for men by diversifying and creating more versatile products while maintaining Salomon ski identity to be unique yet highly technical since FW21-22 season. 

Contributing to a¬†cross-category¬†(ski-shoe-apparel) project called¬†‚ÄúINDEX‚Ä̬†to create a concept for women who love outdoors.¬†

Collaborating with the R&D and world leading athletes, such as Kilian Jornet, Anna Frost and Nicola Vuignier, to push multiple innovation projects coupled with a user-centric approach. 

Leading the women’s initiative for the ski category proposing selective collection for ski slopes and urban winter wear usage. 

Co-creating new global Salomon design DNA projects. 

Driving and creating tools that improve product creation processes such as detail books, technical design packs etc. 

DESIGN LECTURER - AALTO UNIVERSITY, FINLANDE 2012 - 2013

Leading the sports design course while utilizing my industrial expertise to inspire future professionals. 

 

PRODUCT DESIGNER SPORTS APPAREL - NIKE EHQ, THE NETHERLANDS 2006 - 2008

Joining in a desired Nike Management Development Program (MDP) which included collaborative projects within the Global Advanced Innovation Team and prepared me to work cross-functionally in a global framework. 

Designing¬†global tennis¬†collections¬†from¬†‘best¬†in¬†class’¬†basics¬†to¬†pinnacle¬†pieces¬†for¬†Serena Williams¬†and other world leading players.¬†

DESIGNER ASSISTANT OUTDOORS APPAREL - HALTI, FINLAND 2006

  • While¬†working¬†for¬†the¬†Finnish¬†market¬†leading¬†brands¬†in¬†outdoors,¬†Halti¬†and¬†Raiski,¬†I¬†gained¬†a¬†unique¬†experience¬†in¬†product¬†and¬†details¬†design as well as¬†development¬†processes.¬†I¬†learned¬†commercial¬†and¬†technical¬†design¬†skills.¬†

FREELANCE DESIGNER - FINLAND 2004-2006

While accomplishing my MA studies I managed various research and design projects including technical outdoors wear, work wear, magazine illustration and B2B projects for different clients. 

I designed a collection made of used garments and textiles. The collection was sold in Myymälä2, Helsinki.