Studio Tolvanen is the product design office of Mika & Julie Tolvanen. Mika is a Finnish designer who started his own practice after graduating from Royal College of Art in 2001. Julie is an American designer who worked 10 years as a woodworker before moving to Finland in 2009 to get a masters in furniture design. Mika and Julie founded Studio Tolvanen in 2015.
They design products for residential and contract use from their studio and workshop on Lauttasaari island in Helsinki. Clients include Muuto, Design Within Reach, Woud, NakNak, FontanaArte, Frag, Zanotta, E&Y, Offecct, KFF, and BlåStation. In 2012, Mika received Bruno Mathsson Prize for his work.
“We do not have a dogma or ism. We believe good design starts from function (because products are for use), but 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 be complicated looking. We aim to make our designs fresh and beautiful, but also self-explanatory, understandable, and quiet (never shouting). That's the challenge we give ourselves.”
(photo Katri Kapanen)
Design Within Reach
Mika Tolvanen. 1st Prize - Finland 100 Year Anniversary Competition, 'Big Hug Chair' for Isku (2017)
Mika Tolvanen. Bruno Mathsson Prize (2012)
Julie Tolvanen. Julie Chair for Inno, Good Design Award, Chicago Athenaeum (2015)
Julie Tolvanen. Julie Chair, 12 Best Interior Design Products, Association of Interior Design Editors of Finland (2015)
Särkiniementie 5B 17
00210 Helsinki Finland