Great design starts from function

Studio Tolvanen is a Finnish design office of Julie and Mika Tolvanen. Mika is renowned Finnish Designer. he designs furniture, lighting and interior accessories for both residential and contract use. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he established his own practice. In 2015, together with his spouse Julie Tolvanen, he founded Studio Tolvanen in Helsinki. Julie is originally from America, here she worked as a woodworker for 10 years before she moved to Finland to get a masters in Furniture design. 

“Our products are made for use but this does not mean that they cannot be beautiful”

– Mika Tolvanen

They believe good designs stem from comprehension of materials and a desire to improve how they work. With an aim to make new designs more exciting, Studio Tolvanen designs playful and characteristic products while remaining a quiet presence as they believe design should never be the aspect that makes noise.

Mika Tolvanen has been part of the WOUD design team since the beginning with his distinctive Nakki sofa. A series that is designed to add a cheerful personality to any space. The rounded edges and a minimalistic take on classic sofa legs give Nakki its characteristic and lounge feel. Also, the character of his design, Kuppi wall lamp, appears in the minimal yet sculptural expression combined with its functional adjustment feature making it easy to modify the light. Julie Tolvanen has as well contributed to the WOUD collection with a subtle and modern tray, Loop. With its curved wire handle, it is easy to move Loop around - making it a practical serving tray.