Harri Koskinen

“Modernism is about how we understand humanity and relate to nature.”

Harri Koskinen (born in 1970) has an uncompromising, bold design aesthetic that has gained him international renown since the early days of his career. Practicality, a spare style and a conceptual approach to product and spatial design are Koskinen’s trademarks. His clients include Alessi, Arabia, Artek, Cassina IXC, Design House Stockholm, Finlandia Vodka Worldwide, Genelec, Iittala, Issey Miyake Inc., Montina, Muji, Panasonic, Seiko Instruments Inc., Swarovski, Venini and Woodnotes. Founded in 2000, Koskinen’s design agency Friends of Industry Ltd. is involved in product, concept and exhibition design. In 2009, Koskinen launched his first namesake collection, Harri Koskinen Works, consisting of furniture and a lamp. That same year, he became a partner in the Finnish organic and local production food concept and store called Maatilatori -Eat&Joy Farmers Market. In January 2012 Koskinen was appointed Design Director of the Iittala brand. Koskinen’s works have been on display in exhibitions around the world. He has been awarded several major design prizes, such as the Kaj Franck Design Prize (2014), the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize (2009), the Pro Finlandia Medal (2007) and the Compasso d’Oro prize (2004).

Following an invitation by Monica Forster, a friend and fellow designer, Harri Koskinen has been collaborating with Zanat from the launch of our first collection. The family of Igman chairs, designed by Harri Koskinen, is an excellent example of integration of Finnish and Bosnian craftsmanship traditions through brilliant design.


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