Executive Director of VIA




VIA Gallery

120, avenue Ledru Rollin
75011 Paris
Metro : Gare de Lyon / Ledru Rollin

Opening :

monday-friday : 9.30am – 6.30pm

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Contact : Punavuorenkatu 1 A 7 b 00120 Helsinki - Finlande

Ph. +358 9 622 78737
Ilkka Suppanen (b. 1968) has studied architecture at the Technical University of Helsinki and Interior and Furniture Design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. In 1995, he founded Studio Suppanen in Helsinki. The studio offers integrated strategic design in the fields of interior, product and concept design and architecture.
Ilkka Suppanen has taught design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki since 1996. He has held lectures in several design seminars. Suppanen was also the Chairman of the board of the International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar in 2007 and the curator of Hardcore-exhibition in New York in 2008.
Ilkka Suppanen is capable of managing large-scale processes. He believes it is important to understand the whole value chain of the company. He appreciates long-term projects that leave space for innovation. Suppanen’s constant interest in production techniques and new materials and usages can be seen in many of his works. His expression is light, forward-looking and yet classically Scandinavian. He is one of the best-known contemporary Finnish designers. He has also received many international awards, most recently the Swedish Bruno Mathsson Prize 2006. In 1997, he founded the Snowcrash design cooperative together with three colleagues. In 1997, Suppanen and his Snowcrash team got the Young Designer of the Year Award in Germany. In the following year, he was nominated for the Dedalus prize for young European Designers by Ettore Sottsass. In 2000, Design Forum awarded Ilkka Suppanen and Harri Koskinen the Young Designer of the Year prize.
Suppanen’s work has been exhibited worldwide including shows at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Milan Furniture Fair and the MoMA in New York. His works have been widely reported by the international press and publications. His works are part of the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Cologne and others.

Studio Suppanen is a design studio working in graphics, three-dimensional design and architecture based in Helsinki.
Our flexible approach and broad skill base mean we can work across different media and on different scales, from graphics to product design and furniture, from interiors to architecture. Our research base also means that we are frequently asked to develop concepts for clients worldwide.
For us design is based on several factors: human experience, social behaviors, global, economic and political issues, physical and mental interaction, form, vision, and a rigorous understanding and desire for contemporary culture. Manufacturing is based on another collective group of criteria: capital investment, market share, production ease, dissemination, growth, distribution, maintenance, service, performance, quality, ecological issues and sustainability. The combination of these factors shape our objects, inform our forms, our physical space, visual culture and our contemporary human experience. These quantitative constructs shape business, identity, brand and value. This is what we are doing. Something that is poetry of manufacturing and life; Design.
Our commitment to tackling the challenges of today’s living and working requirements means we constantly experiment with new ideas, materials and technologies, and encourages us to look beyond conventional forms and find new ways to support today’s behaviour.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Midori Suzuki
+358 50 550 37 33

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