Harri Koskinen

Harri Koskinen

Designer Harri Koskinen (born 1970 in Karstula, Finland) studied in the Lahti Institute of Design and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. In 1998, he established his own studio called Friends of Industry, which offers product and concept design as well as exhibition architecture. Koskinen’s uncompromising and outstanding design has been internationally recognized right from the beginning of his career. Besides Artek, his clients include Arabia, Beauty Prestige International, Cassina IXC, Danese, Design House Stockholm, Finlandia Vodka Worldwide, Finlayson, Genelec, Iittala, Lundia, Magis, Maruni Wood Industry Inc., Issey Miyake Inc., Montina, Muji, O luce, Panasonic, Seiko Instruments Inc., Swarovski, Venini, Woodnotes etc.

Harri Koskinen’s design is characterized by practicality and strict aesthetic criteria. He is always searching for innovative solutions for both the consumer and the producer. Along the years, he has won several awards. The most significant of them is the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize 2009, the largest design prize in the world. He has also recieved the highly esteemed Compasso d’Oro Award, which he received in 2004 for the Muu chair designed for Montina. Last time it was awarded to a Finn, was in 1957 when Kaj Franck received it for his life’s work. Koskinen’s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions worldwide.