About Tapio

About Tapio

Biography

Tapio Anttila (born in 1962, Falun) is a Finnish furniture and interior designer. He is best known for his versatile wooden furniture, Scandinavian style, and a focus on sustainability. In his ecological designs, durable materials are used to create unique, insightful and timeless products

Anttila studied interior architecture at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. After eight years as an in-house designer, Anttila started his own office in 2005. His products became available in design stores around the world – for instance, at MOMA Design Store in New York. Anttila also started working with several Italian companies, i.a., Riva1920.

In 2016, Anttila brought some of his design pieces together and started the ‘Tapio Anttila Collection,’ his own product concept. The collection of home furnishings, lighting, and decorative products became an instant success.

Anttila’s designs have been recognised for their high-quality functionality and aesthetics. They have received international design awards, like eighteen Good Design Awards for various products, two Green Good Design Awards and two EcoDesign Awards for sustainable design.

Anttila received the honourary title of Furniture Designer of the Year 2012 by Ornamo Art and Design Finland, an expert organisation for designers. He also received the Chinese Top Designer Award 2017 and the Kaj Franck Design Prize 2018 from Design Forum Finland.

Since 2016, Tapio Anttila and Finnish designer Jonas Hakaniemi have been helping Chinese furniture industry companies in developing their product range more towards the direction of Scandinavian lifestyle under the brand name ‘Anttila & Hakaniemi.’

Anttila works passionately in the fields of product design, concept design and interior architecture.


The most important confidential post

2010–
A few memberships or chairman posts in Finnish design competitions i.a. EcoDesign Slow Wood, South Wood Project, Euro Modo, Between Tradition and Future and Estonian Design Award 2012

2012
Member of the Lahti Design Advisory Board and World Design Capital steering group

2006–08
Member of the goverment of the Finnish Association of Interior Architects

 

Publications


Numerous publications in international design magazines i.a. Wall Paper, books, web articles, blogs etc., own writings in professional magazines and web pages i.a. Design Forum Finland blog.

 

www.tapioanttila.com

www.tapioanttilacollection.fi

www.anttilahakaniemi.com

(China and Asia market, co-operation with
designer Jonas Hakaniemi)

Awards and prizes

2020 IF Design Award (with Jonas Hakaniemi)
2019 Good Design Award (three awards)
2018 Pro Finlandia Medal
2018 Good Design Award
2018 Kaj Franck Design Prize
2018 Good Design Award (two awards)
2017 Top Designer Award (China)
2017 Rantasalmi Award (Finnish wood design award)
2017 Good Design Award
2016 Good Design Award (two awards)
2016 Iconic Awards: Interior Innovation Award
2015 Green Good Design Award
2015 Good Design Award (three awards)
2014 Good Design Award
2014 Interior Innovation Award
2014 UPM Grada Designer of the Year
2013 Good Design Award
2012 Furniture Designer of the Year, Ornamo
2012 Good Design Award
2011 Good Design Award
2011 Interior Innovation Award
2011 A’Design Award
2011 EcoDesign Award
2010 Green Good Design Award
2010 EcoDesign Award
2008 Design Plus
2005 Good Design Award

 

Grants

2018 Asko Foundation
2016 Furniture Foundation
2015 Arts Promotion Centre Finland
2013 Furniture Foundation
2011 The Finnish Cultural Foundation of Päijät-Häme
2009 Arts Promotion Centre Finland
2006 Arts Promotion Centre Finland
2007 Ornamo Design Award
2002 The Finnish Foundation of Visual Arts New York

 

Exhibitions

Numerous internationally renowned solo and group exhibitions, design weeks and export initiatives in i.a. Milan, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Stockholm, Oslo, Budabest, St Petersburg, Shenzhen, Fukuoka and London.

   

Lectures


Several international lectures in seminars i.a. Feeling For Wood and design happenings, Berlin, Tokyo, Budabest, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Shenzhen and Oslo.

 

Products in museum collections


Products in collections of museums: Chicago Athenaeum: The Museum of Architecture and Design, Minneapolis Instute of Art, Design Museum Helsinki.