Mikko Laakkonen was born in Espoo in 1974. After graduating in musical instrument maker, he studied furniture design at Kymenlaasko University of Applied Sciences and later received his Master degree from the University of Arts and Design Helsinki. After working in design and architecture firms for severals years, Mikko founded Studio Mikko Laakkonen in 2004. The Studio offers product design services, with the main focus on everyday items. Mikko’s design have been on display in several exhibitions around Europe, the United States, China and Japan. He has been awarded the number of international and national prizes, including: Muuz International Award 2014, Finnish Designer Award 2014, Furniture Designer of the Year, Reddot Design Award 2012 and 2013, Chicago Athenaeum’s Good Design Award 2010 and Young Designer of the Year 2009. Today Mikko Laakkonen cooperates with various clients which are from Finland, Sweden, Turkey, China and Italy include: Marimekko, Martela, Inno, Isku, Offecct, Pasabahce, Casamania, Covo, etc.