Aleksi Kuokka (former Perälä) was born in Parkano in 1978. Kuokka is one of the driving forces in the new generation of Finnish designers. He approaches design from the perspective of communication. Known as a versatile designer, glass is a familiar material for Kuokka. In his design, he leans on the strong legacy of the masters of Finnish design's golden age. Kuokka seeks the core of design where functionality meets a stripped-down form and attracts the users through its simplicity.
Trained as an industrial designer, Kuokka works as an associate in Aivan Design Studio. In addition to Iittala, he has worked in cooperation with Finlayson, Nokia, Ramirent, SIS Deli, Tapiovaara and Woodnotes, among others. For Iittala, he has designed both the Sarjaton glass and the Ote glass.
Harri Koskinen was born in Karstula, Finland, in 1970. His furniture and versatile design objects have aroused great international interest. Harri Koskinen strives to find solutions that are innovative for both the consumer and producer. He works with companies like Artek, Danese, Finlandia Vodka, Issey Miyake, iittala, Montina, Muji, Genelec, Oluce, Panasonic, Seiko, Skandium, Venini and Woodnotes. Koskinen is probably best known for his Block Lamp, a lightbulb held inside two shaped pieces of clear glass, which is exhibited at MoMA. Along the years, he has won several awards, the most significant of them the Compasso d'Oro Award in 2004.
Musuta Ltd is a design studio founded by Jopsu Ramu (b. 1982) and Timo Ramu (b. 1979). It is well known for its work on the interface between the digital and the physical, and its interaction with design and art. Musuta works with many media, such as film and motion graphics, as well as creative design. The couple's work has a strong international dimension; they work half of the year in Finland and the other half in Japan.
Musuta has been awarded the Golden Lion at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, bronze in D&Ad and bronze in the European Design Awards. Musuta's work has been exhibited at several exhibitions and festivals around the world, for example at the Pompidou Museum in Paris, the One_Dot_Zero exhibition in London and New York, as well as at the Design Film Festival in Singapore and Berlin.
Samuji is a studio producing sustainable design in the historic district of Vallila, Helsinki.
The design studio was founded in 2011 by Marimekko's previous creative director, Samu-Jussi Koski. It produces cross-artistic work combining various areas of design in addition to its own clothes collection. The Samuji collection is designed in Finland and it is manufactured as nearby as possible in Europe. The collection's timeless style has raised a lot of international interest and it has about 30 resellers in New York, London, Moscow and Tokyo, among others.
In addition to the clothes collection, Samuji has carried out client work for Iittala, Artek and the City of Helsinki. Designer Hennamari Asunta from Samuji was involved in Iittala's Sarjaton project alongside Samu-Jussi Koski.