Speakers

MIKKO LAAKKONEN


Designer
Studio Laakkonen, FI

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Bio​

Mikko Laakkonen was born in Espoo in 1974. After graduating as a musical instrument maker, he studied furniture design at Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences, and later received his Masters degree from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. After working in design and architecture firms for several years, Mikko founded Studio Mikko Laakkonen in 2004. 

The Studio offers product design services, with the main focus on everyday items. Mikko’s designs have been on display in several exhibitions around Europe, the United States, China and Japan.
He has been awarded the number of international and national prizes, including:  German Design Award (2017), Turkey Design Award (2016), Reddot design award honourable mention (2016), Chicago Athenaeum's Good Design Award (2016, 2015 & 2010), Muuuz International Awards 2014, Finnish Designer Awards ’14: Furniture Designer Of The Year, Reddot: best of the best design award (2013) Reddot design award (2012), and the Young Designer of the Year prize (2009).

In 2016 Studio Laakkonen has expanded working in the fields of interior design and art direction consulting. This extension was founded to create more holistic solutions and respond better for clients requests.

Today, Studio Laakkonen works with a variety of brands and clients from all around the world.


Presentation ​

Finnish glass design heritage as an inspiration on new design works.

​​​​High quality design plays a key role in the making of sustainable products. And this role will grow in the future. Finland have great heritage on glass design sector. Many of those design from past decades had to survive in the teeth of time. As a designer, how I can design new products which survive and be part people in everyday life. Can I use know-how that is inside on those objects from the past and still creating new. I believe good design starts from function and also have own individual character. I dry my best to design long lasting products which are functional, beautiful and understandable.