Short stories of glass design in Finland
A condensed look inside the rational, cultural, celebratory, and tradition of Finnish glass design. A view on the typological approaches to shape and form, and how experimentation has characterized the creative logic of an era.
Ville Kokkonen is a Finnish industrial designer born in Helsinki, Finland (1975). Early in his career, he worked as a researcher at the Smart Products Research Group in UIAH, specializing in early product concept development and futures research. Since starting his own practice in 2004, Kokkonen has worked with leading companies in the field of design and technology, focusing on strategic design and product development, with clients such as Nokia, Iittala, Wärtsilä, Lobmeyer, Vitra, Stora Enso and UPM. Between 2005 to 2014 Kokkonen worked with Artek, first running its R&D program and from 2008 onwards as design director of the company. Ville Kokkonen has also lectured internationally in various academic institutions and during 2016-2021 was appointed as Professor Design Practices at Aalto University, School of Arts Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland.villekokkonen.com