Antti Kotilainen focuses on furniture design and has been doing it successfully for Scandinavian companies since 1992. Design for him is, above all, a set of ideas, experiments, reasons and decisions; a process where intuition has to be closely kept in mind. The designer’s task is to live, look around, see things and in this way create statements on present time. In the furniture field, he is appealed by the diversity of design.
Skilful furniture design is never anything obvious, but controlled disruption of the world and dimensions. He emphasizes determined co-operation between a designer and manufacturer. This has resulted in the long-term co-operation and mutual trust between him and Piiroinen. The outcome is Piiroinen’s well-proportioned furniture that shows subtlety combined to the designer’s determination.
“A writer writes on life, a designer designs on life”
Antti Nurmesniemi is one of the pioneers in Finnish design industry. His products, manufactured over the decades, express reliability, individuality and independence. His participation in everyday social life with open eyes and mind has produced not only the classics but also various articles, lectures and exhibition designs. Furthermore, he has actively participated in the improvement of the education in the field and in various organizational activities connected with industrial design, at home and abroad. Even though he has had a successful career, he regards peace of mind, found through his work, as his most important professional achievement.
Piiroinen has the honour to have his Triennale chair, designed for the Milan Triennale in 1960, in its collection. In the co-operation between the designer and the manufacturer he emphasizes the value of each skilled person in the birth process of a product. He finds the collaboration with Piiroinen rewarding, which is a result of high work ethic and of respect for the designer.
”Design is a language of cultural policy that has reached a material form.”
Studied at School of Design and Crafts at Göteborg University, Sweden and at University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria. Has worked as interior architect and furniture designer White Arkitekter AB since 1999. Partner White arkitekter AB since 2006.
Ingrid is working with interior design and product development to exterior and interior to both public and private sector. Her strength is to design environment and products coming from human needs and functions. In this architecture plays a big role. It’s important to her that the products she is designing fits to the environment and space will get extra value due to well designed functions and design.
Ingrid is coming from Finland the country of thousand lakes and forests. You can find this peacefulness in her work. The aim is to create solutions, which are social, ecological and economical lasting.
Kaarle Holmberg is a versatile designer who has achieved numerous prizes for his work. He gets his inspiration from architecture, art and nature. He believes that a well-designed product has intellectual, artistic contents created by educated industrial designers. Along with his design career, he has given his contribution to the development of the Finnish design education by lecturing on interior architecture and furniture design at the Lahti Design Institute and University of Industrial Arts.
He wants to convey his experience in furniture design to his young students and emphasizes the significance of the quality of design and manufacturing in the international competition. He has offered Piiroinen not only his designer skills but also his valuable contribution to the benefit of the Piiroinen furniture unit and development of business activities.
”Furniture and design means to apply art in everyday objects and the architecture of space.”
Interior architect Samuli Naamanka is known as a versatile designer whose work combines carefully considered vocabulary of form with creative technical innovation. As well as product design and interior design, Naamanka specialises in environmental design. Amongst other things, he has carried out groundbreaking work in the development of concrete products.
The results of this have given rise, for example, to patent inventions for a graphic concrete patterning technology and for colouring concrete in several different colours. One of his most recent development is the seat of the COMPOS chair produced from 100% biodegradable natural composite fibre.
Samuli Naamanka’s work include the prize-winning Clash chair, exhibition designs, environmental works and public works of art. The works contain references to the history, nature and architecture of the places where they are located and symbols of them.
Fokkema & Partners are often asked to describe the firm’s chief characteristics. Just naming a single style doesn’t serve to answer this question, since the projects vary so widely. Still, since the start of the firm in 1995 all projects have had one thing in common: a drive for quality that exceeds our clients’ expectations. It’s our ambition to get the most out of a design question on our clients’ behalf – a thorough process that starts in understanding client needs through carefully and methodically trying to come to the core of the matter.
Timo Ripatti is an independent designer. He is working and living in Helsinki, Finland
where Studio Ripatti is located. Educated as an Architect, Interior Architect and Furniture Designer he has worked widely in the design field.
His designs are sculptural and poetic yet highly functional with a scandinavian touch. Timo Ripatti was awarded the Furniture Designer of the Year in Finland 2010.
”Good design is meaningful to a user and durable from the aesthetical and structural viewpoint.”
Studied at School of Design and Crafts in Göteborg University and at Aalto University in Helsinki. Worked at furniture design and interior design since 1986 at Falk Arkitekter AB.
Beside design Tuula is working with interior design both in public and private sector. To her mind quality furniture fits to both environments.
Tuula was named to the best furniture designer of the year in Finland in 1996. Her furniture has introduced also in USA and Australia.
Her design is based on northern identity. Balance and harmony between materials and form is important to her. High quality everyday design is typical to Tuula.
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An interior architect and a designer based in Lahti Finland, Tapio Anttila (b. 1962) is a versatile freelance designer. Anttila works extensively in the fields of object, concept and interior design. He is particularly interested in wood and working it in a modern way, while still honouring traditions. When designing furniture, he focuses on functional pieces for home and public space. After years as an inhouse designer, 2005 Anttila established his own business, Tapio Anttila Design.
Anttila’s design has received several high-profile international design awards, like twelve times Good Design Awards for various products, two times Green Good Design Award and two times EcoDesign Award for sustainable design. He was also awarded as the Furniture Designer of the Year 2012 by the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo