Yrjö Kukkapuro


Yrjö Kukkapuro, designer
Born 6 April 1933 in Viipuri, lives in Kauniainen


The finish of the simple-lined furniture designed by Yrjö Kukkapuro is so brilliant that anyone who is perhaps only viewing it feels immediately comfortable. This feeling just grows stronger once one sits down e.g. on a chair designed by him. Kukkapuro’s design continues the tradition of Finnish functionalism in which ergonomics is the core criterion of the design. Kukkapuro is best known for his chairs like Karuselli. The chair was first exhibited in public at a fair in Cologne in 1965 after which it has become an international classic.

In addition to his creative work Kukkapuro is an active lecturer and product developer. In recent years he has co-operated with the Chinese on the UNESCO-sponsored bamboo project. The project aims at encouraging the use of bamboo particularly in the developing countries.  Yrjö Kukkapuro has also served as a professor at Taideteollinen korkeakoulu in 1974 – 80, of which the two last years as the rector.

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