Vuono and O lamps were manufactured from Finnish extremely flexible thin plywood by two promising Finnish female designers.

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Design lamps made of Koskisen’s thin birch plywood


Two promising female designers had the opportunity to showcase their work at the curated Talentshop exhibition for young designers at the Habitare furniture, interior decoration and design fair 2016 in Helsinki. Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä and Anni Pitkäjärvi presented their new Vuono lamp in which they successfully tested the thin and flexible KoskiFlex.

Pitkäjärvi also showcased her O lamp, made from the same flexible thin plywood, which she had presented at the young designer event Salone Satellite in Milan last spring.

A very thin and flexible material was a totally new and exciting challenge for both designers. The pair tested thin plywood options using various studies of form and details. The excellent flexibility of the material enabled an organic and light shape.

The excellent flexibility of the material enabled an organic and light shape.

“When developing the lamp, we noticed that the material has some natural characteristics that had to be taken into account when designing the details. The minimalistic, Japanese-style lamp can be transported in a very thin package. It receives its final vivid shape when it is bent into its support structure,” Pitkäjärvi and Heikkilä explain.

Both the Vuono and the O lamp were designed for public spaces, but they are an excellent choice for home interiors, too. Vuono provides indirect lighting by reflecting light off the light-coloured birch surface towards the ceiling, while the O lamp creates soft light that is directed downward from between two plywood discs. The Vuono and O lamps use thin birch plywood with a thickness of 0.6 mm and 0.8 mm, respectively.

The designers are planning to create a full Vuono product family, comprising also a table and floor lamp. They are also hoping to find find a suitable manufacturer for the Vuono range.

More information about Anni Pitkäjärvi and Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä and their joint design company Studio Finna is available at:


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