Harri Koskinen established his design studio, Friends of Industry Ltd. in Helsinki in 1998. In his work Koskinen focuses mainly on product design. However, his studio also offers concept design and exhibition architecture. Koskinen’s impressive list of clients includes companies such as Artek, Design House Stockholm, Iittala, Magis, Issey Miyake, Montina, Muji, Panasonic, Seiko Instruments, Swarovski and Venini.
Koskinen’s uncompromising and outstanding designs have been internationally recognized right from the beginning of his career. In 2004, he received the Italian Compasso d’Oro Award for the Muu chair designed for Montina. Koskinen’s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions all over the world. His Block lamp for Design House Stockholm (1996) is included in the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, MoMA. He has works in the permanent collections also in the Design Museum in Helsinki and in the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Another well known product is the VAKIO watch collection that Koskinen designed for Issey Miyake and Seiko Instruments (2003-2005). Koskinen’s recent productions include an incense holder for Lisn, OMA tableware for Arabia, men’s underwear for Black Horse and the conceptual and interior design of Sounds 72, a restaurant to be opened in Manhattan, New York in 2008.
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