Finnish Association of Interior Architects SIO designated Mika Tolvanen as 2017 Furniture Designer of the Year

Mika Tolvanen (born 1975) is a new generation furniture designer among a shortening list. Tolvanen has succeeded in what many can only dream about: designs by him and by Studio Mika & Julie Tolvanen are included in the collections of several esteemed international brands. Tolvanen’s signature style is both ageless and current. The method of this productive and determined designer gives a good example to all aspiring furniture designers; the way to find work in this highly competitive field is to go international. Mika Tolvanen closely follows current trends, and we can expect a great deal from him in the future.

“We don’t have a dogma or ism. We believe that good design arises from understanding the function of the product – products are for use. At the same time, any new product we design should have its own individual character. An object might be complex in its variety of functions, but it shouldn’t look complicated. We aim to make our designs fresh and beautiful, but also self-explanatory and easy to understand,” Mika Tolvanen explains.

The designation Furniture Designer of the Year were presented Wednesday, 13 September 2017,  in a ceremony  on the Arena stage of the Habitare interior decoration and design event in Helsinki.

For further information and requests for interviews and photos, contact Mika Tolvanen, Furniture Designer SIO,
tel. +358 40 510 7174, email

SIO Secretary General Minna Borg,



Studio Tolvanen was founded in 2015. Mika and Julie Tolvanen design consumer products, furniture and light fixtures for a wide range of international brands including Muuto, Design Within Reach, NakNak, Isku, Inno, FontanaArte, Woud, Frag, Zanotta, E&Y and Offecct.
In 2012 Mika was recognized for his work with the Bruno Mathsson Award.


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