Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi are showcasing their exhibition at ETH Edicions H Jenninger in Pobla de Benifassá in the province of Castellón, in the eastern part of Spain.

The exhibition includes a special portfolio featuring the esteemed artist Josep Vallribera. On display are several unique design items by Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi, as well as photographs of their projects. Welcome!

Time: 08.06.2024 – 08.09.2024
Place: ETH
Edicions H. Jenninger
Carrer del Moli, 14
E-12599 La Pobla de Benifassà
+34 618 530 321

An interview about Yuka Takahashi‘s research and design projects with UPM Grada® -heat press plywood, is now published in the WISA plywood newsletter. The article is available in several languages:

EN Design fresh out of the oven

FI Uunituoretta designia

SW Design direkt ur ugnen

DK Design frisk fra ovnen

ES Diseno recien salido del horno

DE Design frisch aus dem ofen

FR Design fraichment sorti du four




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Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi present at PechaKucha Night in Tallinn Design Festival on 22. Sep 2023. We talk about sustainable design and Finnish and Japanese cultural input into the design!


Time: 22.09.2019 18:00–
Venue: Kasvuhoone /Design 2, Kopli 70a, Krulli Quater
Entrance: 5 euros
Facebook event page:

Pecha Kucha Night is a specific presentation format (20 slides lasting for 20 seconds) from Tokyo architects during which creative people can bring new ideas and educational experiences to the public. The event, which started out as a small-scale format that helps to organize presentations so that content is not spilled, has become world-famous, and new ideas, interesting opinions, and a hefty dose of humor are always guaranteed. There are presentations by designers, architects, and representatives of different spheres of life.

Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi’s works are selected to participate in the 11th EcoDesign exhibition at the Habitare Fair 2022. Pekka Harni presents the Salmontail Table and Bench, made out of Finnish oversized massive wood produced by Luottopuu Oy in collaboration with wood master Jari Manninen. Another work is the CUBO trolley wagon using Zero particleboard*. Yuka Takahashi presents U&A wooden stackable chair with a side tablet designed for remote work. It is an experimental work using Finnish heat-bending plywood UPM Grada invented by UPM

Our works are supported by

TAIKE The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Luottopuu Oy, Koskinen and UPM.

The 11th EcoDesign exhibition will feature new and unique designs based on ecological principles.
EcoDesign is an invitational exhibition, which consists of the views of distinguished design professionals and promising young designers, e.g. from remote work furniture, storage solutions for recyclable materials, multifunctional furniture, lighting, chairs, and the new use of the entirely wood-based particleboard. There are 34 works on display.

*For the first time, examples of the use of future fossil-free Zero particleboard, entirely wood-based particleboard for furniture and decoration, will be on display. The materials of the works in the exhibition are ethically produced, meeting the requirements of sustainable development in all respects.


Date: 7-11.09.2022

Place: Helsinki Fair Center: Habitare Hall 6 H 70.

Messukeskus: Messuaukio 1 Helsinki, 00520 Finland

more information at

EcoDesign: (in Finnish)


Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi’s interview has been published in the Krunikka lehti; Kruununhaka’s local free paper magazine at 03 / 2021 issue.
Kuruununhaka is the old centre of Helsinki.

Original magazine in PDF-version can be found here >

Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi presents at Pecha Kucha night in Tallinn Design Night Festival on 20th Sep 2019.


Time: 20.09.2019 16:00–17:30
Venue: Noblessneri Valukoda,  Lessneri saal
Entrance: 5 euros
Facebook page (speakers’ introductions):

Pecha Kucha Night is a specific presentation format (20 slides lasting for 20 seconds) from Tokyo architects during which creative people can bring new ideas and educational experiences to the public. The event, which started out as a small-scale format which helps to organize presentations so that content is not spilled, has become world-famous and new ideas, interesting opinions and a hefty dose of humour is always guaranteed. There are presentations by designers, architects and representatives of different spheres of life.

Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi participates Vieno- silent harmony, the summer exhibition at Vellikello gallery in Järvenpää.

The exhibition includes the works by 6 artists and designers who searches Finnish-Japanese aesthetical harmony through ceramics, wood, textile, and glass art.

Exhibition artists are Finland-based Japanese artists and  Finnish artists who have a strong connection to Japan.

The aesthetics of these two countries speak the same language: natural, and continuing the story until to the last detail. The shared vision of authenticity and honesty is also reflected in the history of Finland’s and Japan’s 100-year diplomatic relationship history. In the spirit of two parties who understand each other without words, the works of the Vieno exhibition passes on a quiet harmony.



Heini Riitahuhta
Marianne Huotari
Aoi Yoshizawa
Pasi Kärkkäinen-Tunkelo
Yuka Takahashi ja Pekka Harni


15.05 – 18.8.2019

Vellikelo kahvila taidegalleria

Sibeliuksenväylä 53
04400 Järvenpää

Open: Tue-Sun 12-18


Vellikello FB page

Vieno FB event page


Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi’s works are selected to participate in the 10th EcoDesign exhibition at the Habitare Fair 2018.
The EcoDesgin exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary this year. The exhibition shows about 40 pieces of the selected works from past exhibitions since 2009.
Pekka Harni presents the PikkuTikku stool and Yuka Takahashi presents ADB&B the multifunctional furniture that won the EcoDesign Award in 2016.
PikkuTikku stool is a minimalistic stool made out of ash wood and it can be built up without any screw or tool.
ADB&B (Armchair, Divan, Bench & Bed) is a piece of furniture that can be transformed into three different shapes;
an armchair, a divan, a small extra bed/bench. They can be collapsed in a small package. Welcome!

More info:

Date: 12.-16.9.2018

Place: Helsinki Fair Center: Habitare Hall 7 H 160.

A series of new furniture PikkuTikku designed by Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi is launched by the Finnish furniture producer VIVERO.

The furniture collection includes the wooden stool designed by Pekka Harni and the coat rack by Yuka Takahashi.

Bending the wood creates a pre-stressed structure, which is a more ecological solution than laminate the wood in layers with glue. An efficient construction can save raw material. All leg parts are made of ash wood. The Pikku Tikku can be packed in a flat package that can save space for storing and transportation. Thanks to the simple joints leg parts can be assembled by hand without any tools.

The table and the other items are coming to join the collection in the near future!

for more info at VIVERO website:

Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi’s new wooden furniture series will be in preview in the Stockholm furniture fair by the Finnish furniture company VIVERO.


Stand number,  A22:10.

the world’s leading event for Scandinavian design, Feb 6-10, 2018!

Opening hours

Tuesday February 6, 09.00-18.00
Wednesday February 7, 09.00-18.00
Thursday February 8, 09.00-18.00
Friday February 9, 09.00-18.00

Saturday February 10, Open access/public day 10.00-17.00

Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi’s works are selected to participate in the 9th EcoDesign Exhibition at Habitare Fair 2017.

This year’s exhibition theme was DIY assemblable furniture or object.

PikkuTikku stool is a minimalistic stool made out of ash wood and it can be built up without any screw or tool. Yuka’s rocking chair is small-scale rocking/chair fitting to a modern house. They can be collapsed in small packages.

About 100 applications, the jury group selected 35 works selected to be shown in the exhibition from Finnish and international designers.

More info:

Catalogue: issue EcoDesign 2017 catalogue

Date: 13.-17.09.2017

Place: Helsinki Fair Center: Habitare Hall 7.

Our studio “Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi” is featured in the interview-based article written by Crystal Bennes in Weekly Studio in the online magazine Helsinki Design Weekly.

The interview covers a wide range of stories from our working style to the ideas behind our projects.

“Weekly Studio” is one of the most popular series of the Helsinki Design Weekly. Helsinki Design Weekly is an online publication that is widely read by professionals in the field of design as well as design enthusiasts in Finland and abroad. Helsinki Design Weekly is published bilingually in both Finnish and English.


Weekly Studio visits the Finnish-Japanese studio Harni-Takahashi to discuss sustainable object making, the unforeseen impact of new technologies on society and industrial design’s need for a theoretical framework.

Founded in 2007, Pekka Harni’s and Yuka Takahashi’s studio works multidisciplinary in the field of design and architecture…

Please see the full story here:

In Eglish

In Finnish

ADB&B  is selected as one of the 14 most successful design in Finland in 2016 by the home & design magazine AVOTAKKA

More info in Meillä on kotona website here:



Yuka Takahashi‘s work ADB&B multifunctional furniture won the best award in EcoDesign exhibition in Habitare Design Fair! In addition, this furniture was selected as the Most Interesting Product of the Habitare fair by one of the most leading British design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn, the International Friend of Habitare, who writes in international NY Times and other magazines and books.

Here is Alice’s brief description about her choice:

– ADB+B multifunctional seating unit, designed by Yuka Takahashi
Yuka Takahashi’s multifunctional seat-cum-sofa-cum-bed-cum-bench is a great example of the versatile and adaptable furniture that is becoming increasingly popular. It is also relatively light and compact, and can therefore be moved easily from place to place. In short, it is a practical and appealing product for today.

more info:

Habitare press release of Alice Rawthorn’s choices

(in English)

(in Finnish)

facebook article :International friend of Habitare Alice Rawsthorn’s choices


Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi  are selected to show their ideas  in the 8th international EcoDesign Special Exhibition at Habitare Fair 2016. Pekka Harni presents a compact sofa and Yuka Takahashi presents a multifunctional furniture system ADB&B Armchair Divan Bed and Bench. Both works are made out of Finnish birch wood and a few metal parts. They can be collapsed in small packages. Welcome!

Place: Helsinki Fair Center: Habitare Hall 7.

Time: 7-11.09.2016

Criteria of the Ecodesign exhibition in 2016:

The exhibition features a total of 30 designs.

Theme of the exhibtion

Interior product of which at least 3⁄4 is made of certified wood. Also the other materials used has to be certified and recyclable.

The basis for planning

In addition to cutting-edge design the basis for planning is as ecological production as possible: material choices, production process, packaging and logistics, use, durability and maintainability and recyclability – the whole life-cycle of the product is carefully taken into consideration.

More information:


Pekka Harni has been invited to be a guest editor for Design for All India, May 2016 Vol-11 No-5.

Design for All, India, Newsletter is a monthly-published journal since 2006.

The introduction article is written by guest editor Prof. Pekka Harni and other invited contributors are Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter, Helena Sandman, Kythzia Barrera, Jacqueline Moors, Nao Saito, and Sanna Simola.

Graphic design and Assistant editor (p.1-84): Yuka Takahashi

Chief-editor of the Design for All India: Dr Sunil Bhatia.

Design for All, India seeks to promote the principles of Universal Design in India. The intent is to educate individuals and influence public policy so that environments, products, services and interfaces are designed to meet the needs of people belonging to all ages and abilities.

This publication can be downloaded from
Design for All, India’s website:

OR directly from:

Design For All -India, MAY 2016 vol-11 no-5

Welcome to the exhibition Fire and Clay. The art of soft pottery in Oaxaca, Mexico!

This exhibition shows the authentic handi-craft ceramics from Oaxaca area of Mexico.

Harni-Takahashi Ltd. has been a coordinator and supporter of this exhibition bringing it from Mexico to Finland.

This exhibition also includes some of the six workshops we have been leading in Mexico in order to support the local artisans to learn and apply design methods to their production without breaking down their tradition, in other words, evolutional way. The workshops were taken place in 2008 and 2014, together with our friends Kythzia Barrera and Diego Mier y Terán/ Innovando la tradición.

Free entry!



Gallery Arabia: Fire and Clay The art of soft pottery in Oaxaca, Mexico

30 Oct 2015- 22 Jan 2016

The exhibition consists of two sections. Fire and Clay. The art of soft pottery in Oaxaca, Mexico and Atzompa 3500+. Object time-line. The exhibition is a part of the Mexican Cultural Month in Finland.

Fire and Clay is composed of traditional indigenous pottery from over 60 pottery villages, the fruit of 20 years of exploration in rural Oaxaca in Mexico.

In an unbroken lineage over the last four millennia, potters in the villages of Southern Mexico have created functional pottery with only clay, water, fire, and their skilled hands.

Fire and Clay is composed of pottery from over 60 pottery villages, the fruit of 20 years of exploration in rural Oaxaca. It is the first of its kind, presented now so that we may open our eyes to the subtle, deep beauty of this rustic, sophisticated, complex and simple pottery.

Atzompa 3500+. Object time-line, shows the results of a series of experimental workshops in the village of Santa María Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico.

The workshops took place from September 2013 to March 2014 in the village of Santa María Atzompa, Oaxaca, organized by Innovando la Tradición a.c. Some of the workshops includes the Finnish Foreign Ministry’s contribution to their research and development activities and the result of the series of experimental workshops lead by Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi in collaboration with Innovando la Tradición a.c.

Innovando la Tradición a.c. is a Mexican NGO founded by Kythzia Barrera and Diego Mier y Terán, a multidisciplinary non-profit and a creative platform where artisans, designers and artists share skills, knowledge and stories to rethink and honour the ceramic traditions of Oaxaca. They offer services for potters and pottery communities in Oaxaca to support the resilience of their trade.

Address: Gallery Arabia
Hämeentie 135, 9th Floor, 00560 Helsinki

(Please use a lift going up to 9th floor, next to the Arabia Factory outlet shop.)


Contact information
tel. +358 20 439 5357

Opening hours: 30 Oct 2015- 22 Jan 2016

Wed–Fri 12am–6pm
Sat–Sun 10am–4pm
Mon, Tue, Closed  

also see:

Design museum, Arabia Gallery


Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi  are selected to show their ideas  in the 7th international EcoDesign Special Exhibition at Habitare Fair 2015. Pekka Harni presents a lightweight lounge chair made out of UPM-grada plywood and wool felt and Yuka Takahashi presents a new modular Garden lighting system made out of the brand-new material “translucent ceramic” from Shigaraki in Japan. Welcome!

Place: Helsinki Fair Center: Habitare Hall 7. 

Time: 9-13.09.2015

Ecodesign exhibition in 2015:

The participating designers chose the premise of their design from four thematic categories:

• An interior design product made of PEFC-certified wood and UPM Grada, a thermoformable wood material. The wood for the designs selected for the exhibition was provided by UPM

.• An outdoor light fitting for garden use, based on ecologically sound materials and energy-efficient LED technology.

• A planter for useful plants in a home garden, for placement indoors or outdoors, such as on the balcony, taking into account year-round use.

• A trolley for the sale of coffee and tea in offices and at exhibitions and trade fairs, and for use in pop-up activities, indoors or outdoors.

In addition to demonstrating high design quality, the designs were to address issues related to environmental friendliness in manufacturing; material choice; the manufacturing process; packaging and logistics; durability; maintainability; and recyclability. The designs were to take into account the entire life-cycle of the product.

The exhibition features a total of 30 designs.

More information:

Exhibition catalog:

Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi participates the 6th international EcoDesign Special Exhibition at Habitare Fair 2014.Pekka Harni presents a new simple lightweight stool and Yuka Takahashi presents a new NAULAKKO Wooden Coat Rack.Both works are utilising Pre-stressed wooden structure that enables minimal and optimal use of material. The production is also more ecological than laminating wood, or forming the wood by using steam and energy.The stool and coat rack are made out of all wood, collapsible with no metal parts. Welcome!


THE INTERNATIONAL EcoDesign 14 celebrates its 6th year in connection with the Habitare fair. This exhibition is curated by the Finnish architect Marco Casagrande. The theme this year is the Life Cycle. The designers in this invitational exhibition were free to design a piece of furniture or a utility object. The only restriction was that the maximum size should be one cubic meter.

Other important criteria were an ecological production method, choice of materials, packaging and logistics, usability, serviceability and recyclability.

EcoDesign is an invitational exhibition, in which we invite international top designers and young talents from Finland and from abroad. This year we received more than one hundred entries. of which 65 were chosen in the exhibition, based on how the above mentioned criteria were fulfilled.

Prominent supporters, curators and designers made this project possible and we will be showing more than 70 designs. One of the purposes of this exhibition is to strengthen the significant role of ecological design in the Finnish furniture industry.

It is a pleasure to see that ecological design has inspired so many designers, and delightfully many of them have participated in all our exhibitions. Several designers have taken the idea of life cycle as the basis in their products and really paused to think what it means, so that it is plausible to say: good design is long-living. I’d like to thank all the participants for making this project come true. Welcome to the EcoDesign 14 special exhibition!

edited introduction from

Jari Pirhonen Producer, Creative Manager Mainostoimisto Valo Oy



Time: 10–14 SEPTEMBER 2014

More info at…

The exhibition catalogue at…

Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi conducted Ceramic Design Workshop in Oaxaca, MexicoThis workshop was organised by Mexican NGO Innovando la Tradicion ac*.

“Timeline Atzompa, workshop of evolutionary design in clay”

Pekka Harni + Yuka Takahashi + 30 artisans + 15 designers organized by Innovando la Tradición ac.

  1. I. 10-13. March. 2014

II. 17-20. March. 2014

III. 24-27. March. 2014

Ceramic Design Workshop with 15 local artisans from Atzompa together with 15 artisans from other villages and 15 students from cities was taken place in the village of Atzompa in Oaxaca in Mexico during March 2014.

The goal of the workshop was learning how design could apply their local and traditional ceramic pieces to be developed further evolutionarily. As well, learning how to communicate between designers and artisans and create new sets of useful ceramic pieces together. Accordingly, it was not only design practice but also learning and sharing of skills and knowledge among participants from different background, education or social classes through the workshop.

During this workshop participants were divided into 5 teams of 5-6 people mixed with artisans from Atzompa and other villages and designers from cities. Workshop included a series of lectures by Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi, also from the local archeologists to study their traditional objects.

See full album slideshow… HERE

*Innovando la Tradición ac is a non-profit, creative platform led by Kythzia Barrera and Diego Mier y Terán. See more detail from the following link >

Innovando la Tradicion ac:

Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi presented at PECHA KUCHA night in Tallinn Design Night Festival. Yuka talked about Enduring Beauty, Pekka talked about Design evolution and identities

Time: 28. september at 20-22
Venue: Design Night tent, Tartu mnt 1
Entrance: 3 euros

Pecha Kucha Night is a form of design, that was invented by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, in the year 2003. It is an event, in which the people associated can express their thoughts (a slideshow which consists of 20 slides, with every slide being 20 seconds). The inspiring and open-mic environment gives opportunity for the participants to express their thoughts and ideas to the audience. What started as a small entrepreneurship, is now a world-wide known event.The theme of Pecha Kucha Night 2013 covers the theme of Disainiöö 2013. The host of the night is Xenia Joost. Speakers are from Estonia, Finland, Italy and Sweden. For example Erik Olovsson talks about his mobile design studio – Designbus.

ENDURING BEAUTY Sustainable Design from Finland exhibition in Tallinn, Estonia, 26.Sep.-06.Oct.2013, organized by PekkaHarni and Yuka Takahashi in collaboration with Laila Alanen Design Forum Finland.Welcome!

The ENDURING BEAUTY – Sustainable design from Finland exhibition is an event in Tallinn Design Night Festival  events. The works at the exhibition represent the highest quality of Finnish sustainable design, ranging from jewellery to furniture and from bicycles to urban environmental design concepts.

For more detailed exhibition concept, please see enduring-beauty.infoCONCEPT” page.

The joint opening of exhibitions in the Design Elevator section at 26 Sep 2013 at 16.30. Welcome!

We are proudly presenting::

Aalto & Aalto, Linda Bergroth, Susan Elo, Johanna Gullichsen, Hahmo / Ilona Törmikoski, Henri Halla-aho, Pekka Harni, Simo Heikkilä, Sanelma Hihnala, Jouko Järvisalo, Inka Kivalo, Seppo Koho, Harri Koskinen, Hannu Kähönen, Stefan Lindfors, Samuli Naamanka, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Anniina Nurmi, Mikko Paakkanen, Pelago, Peruste, Ritva Puotila, Inni Pärnänen,Tuula Pöyhönen, Heikki Ruoho, Janna Syvänoja, Yuka Takahashi, Julie Tolvanen, Petri Vainio and Yrjö Wiherheimo.

This exhibition is organized by Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi, Harni-Takahashi Ltd. in collaboration with Laila Alanen Design Forum Finland.

Exhibition: ENDURING BEAUTY – Sustainable Design from Finland

At: Rotermann quarter, Rotermann 4, Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Design Night Festival, DisainiööDESIGN ELEVATOR section.

During: 26.SEP.– 06. October 2013

More info:

Design Night Festival link :

Press release in Finnish (lehdistötiedote suomeksi) :


Harni- Takahashi Ltd.

+358 40 777 4528


Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi touring exhibition goes to Asiya city located in Kansai area in Japan. This exhibition was originally held in DESIGNMUSEO Helsinki in 2010 and transferred to Case gallery in Tokyo 2012, finally, goes to Haz gallery in Ashiya city. This exhibition shows their design works such as tableware, furniture, textiles as well as art pieces.
PEKKA HARNI & YUKA TAKAHASHI – DESIGN FROM FINLAND2013.1.15(tue)-1.27(sun), 11:00-18:00
※Opening reception:1.14(mon), 16.00-18.00
CLOSED 1.21(mon)HAZ Gallery 2F.Location:
Higashi Ashiya cho 3-7, Ashiya City, Hyogo, Japan
TEL: 0797-38-8411

Supported by:
The National Council for Design
Case Inc.

Assisted by:
ARABIA, Finland
HJJC co., Ltd.

Harni-Takahashi Ltd.
T. +358 40 732 1955

An article about the Sustainable Design from Finland exhibition in Venice is introduced in Italian based international design and architecture magazine Ottagono.

Ottagono issue no. 256 December-January 2013


Sustainable Design from Finland exhibition in Venice held at Spazio Punch now goes to Design Forum Finland in Helsinki! Welcome!


Sustainable Design from Finland
5.1.2013 – 2.2.2013
Design Forum Finland, Erottajankatu 7, Helsinki

Mon–Fri 11–19, Sat 11–18. Exhibition info tel: (09) 6220 8132
Free entrance

In the exhibition ecological design is divided into five categories: ecological materials and structures, sustainable production, functional modification, design for sustainable society, and sustainable beauty aesthetics. The consept of the exhibition is characterized in the five categories of the sustainable design: material and construction, way of production, transformable multifuntionatily, design for sustainable society, sustainible beautiness. The exhibition is curated by architect and designer, professor Pekka Harni and industrial designer Yuka Takahashi.

more info:

Harni-Takahashi Ltd.,

Design Forum Finalnd

PRESS RELEASE (in Finnish):



Pekka Harni’s Object Categories are presented in THE HOME -A Space and a State of mind exhibition at Designmuseo. Welcome!

A Space and a State of mind //

12 October 2012 – 13 January 2013 @ Design Museum

The Home – A Space and State of Mind is a multifaceted exhibition and the high point of Design Museum autumn season during World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. It addresses the relationship of modern-day people with the home from different perspectives, both conceptually and with concrete examples, and the various manifestations and meanings that this familiar environment can have. The exhibition also considers the evolution of the home in retrospect, from the present day back to the 19th century. Produced by Design Museum, the exhibition is curated by the museum’s Chief Curator Suvi Saloniemi and the exhibition architecture is by Harri Kivilinna. The visual design is by graphic designer Laura Väinölä.

The Home – A Place and a State of Mind features objects, works and projects by, among others, Alex Delany, from Habbo Hotel. Pekka Harni, Kaarle Hurtig, Kaksi Två, Jeremy Leslie, Elodie Pong, Panu Puolakka, Bita Razavi, Sanna Saastamoinen-Barrois, Nene Tsuboi & Tuomas Toivonen, Emilia Ukkonen, Juha van Ingen and Timo Wright. The exhibition includes a large series of events produced by the Design Museum.

more info:

Design Museum

Korkeavuorenkatu 23
00130 Helsinki
Tel. +358 (09) 622 0540
Fax. +358 (09) 622 05455



Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi will make a presentation of the Sustainable Design from Finland, Venice exhibition and a lecture of Object Categories at University IUAV. Welcome!


Università IUAV di Venezia
Ex Convento delle Terese
aula C ore 14
Dorsoduro 2206 30123 Venezia

21.10.2012. 14.00 – 18.00

Coordinator: Riccardo Varini

Organizer: Olga Barmine, Alberto Bassi, Fiorella Bulegato, Riccardo Varini

/ Corso di laurea in Disegno industriale

Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino / Università Iuav di Venezia

more info:

ALLA LUCE DEL NORD – Seminario internazionale

Sustainable Design from Finland

Lunedì 22 ottobre 2012

orario: 14.00 – 18.00

Università IUAV di Venezia

Ex Convento delle Terese

Dorsoduro 2206 30123 Venezia

Sustainable Design from Finland exhibition in Venice 7-20.Oct.2012, curated by Pekka

Harni and Yuka Takahashi.Welcome!

Sustainable Design from Finland exhibition is organised in Venice, Italy as a part of Alla Luce del Nord cultural collaboration event which collects together a group of Finnish opinion leaders, artists, dancers, musicians and architects. The event is during the Venice Architecture biennale and goes under the theme “Common ground”.The “Sustainable Design from Finland” is curated by Architect and Designer Professor Pekka Harni, and Industrial Designer Yuka Takahashi. Harni-Takahashi Ltd. is also responsible for the architectural design of the exhibition. Design Manager MA Ilona Törmikoski and Hahmo Design Ltd. are responsible visual identity of the Events.This exhibition is an event in the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012program. The 45 works at the exhibition represent the highest quality of Finnish sustainable design, ranging from jewellery to furniture and from bicycles to urban environmental design concepts.

We are proudly presenting:
Aalto & Aalto, Linda Berghroth, Sirpa Fourastié & Susan Elo, Johanna Gullichsen, Hahmo, Henri Halla-aho, Pekka Harni, Simo Heikkilä, Sanelma Hihnala, Jouko Järvisalo, Inka Kivalo, Seppo Koho, Harri Koskinen, Antti Kotilainen, Hannu Kähönen, Kristiina Lassus, Stefan Lindfors, Samuli Naamanka, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Anniina Nurmi, Mikko Paakkanen, Pelago, Peruste, Ritva Puotila, Tuula Pöyhönen, Heikki Ruoho, Jukka Setälä, Ilkka Suppanen, Janna Syvänoja, Yuka Takahashi, Petri Vainio and Yrjö Wiherheimo.

Curators’ words:

This exhibition shows works, created by Finnish designers, presenting how sustainable design can be approached in many different ways.

Italian Nobel Prize writer Dario Fo has made a note in his writing about our modern society and the lack of organic way of life in it: There are too few people in our society, who can have a full understanding of the big scale processes, capabile to overview and controll the holistic approach, like a farmer, who is designing his tools, seeding… and harvesting and making bread from his own grain and enjoying the final result of his whole year-long work.

And finally, a farmer’s profession is very similar to a designer’s, and in the best case, it is an organic and sustainable process, lifting up the real quality of our life.

Even a humble man can figure out what is essential in this world. Much too often, we have forgotten what are the the most important things around us. Sustainable design, must be simple, real, essential, beautiful and joyful.


Yuka Takahashi

Pekka Harni

Exhibition: Sustainable Design from Finland

At: Spazio Punch, Giudecca 800/o, 30133 Venice, Italy

During: 7–20 October 2012



Harni- Takahashi Ltd.

Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi participate the international EcoDesign Special Exhibition 2012 at Habitare the biggest furniture, interior decoration and design fair in Finland.

Pekka presents “Multimodulis” furniture system made of wooden beam elements which can be used to construct all the products belonging in the series. Yuka shows “Jalkalamppu” floor lamp made of very light wooden construction together with rotten fabric and LEDs.

EcoDesign Special Exhibition is set to present unique and ecological products made of wood. The EcoDesign products has to be made of at least 80 percent certified wood, and 20 percent of some other designer´s self chosen ecological material. Renowned Finnish designer Kristiina Lassushas been invited to be the curator of the exhibition. This year is special for EcoDesign as Helsinki is the World Design Capital 2012 and Habitare Fair is part of the official program.


Yuka Takahashi‘s experimental study work “NEST” wooden bowl is presented in TOUCH WOOD! exhibition in Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä, Finland.

The bold and open-minded experimental wood designs of the Wood Studio will occupy the gallery of the Alvar Aalto Museum from 12 August onwards. The Wood Studio is a course run by the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, in which students explore all opportunities in experimenting with the many aspects of Finnish wood.The exhibition to open in the gallery at the Alvar Aalto Museum will offer a selection of the Wood Studio projects from the time of its establishment to the present. During its 12 years of operation, the Wood Studio collections have amassed a sizable number of experimental wood designs: objects, light fittings, furniture, and elements for interiors. This exciting and pioneering exhibition will allow visitors to take a peek into these archives.


Time and Place12.8.-14.10.2012

Alvar Aalto Museum / Gallery

Alvar Aallon katu 7, Jyväskylä

open Tue-Sun 11-18

More information:

Alvar Aalto Museum


Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi exhibition held at Designmuseo last autumn goes to Tokyo.


opening time:
※OPENING PARTY:3.9(fri),18:30-21:30

OYAMACHO 18-23  (+case gallery)
Court Annex Oyamacho 1st floor,
18-23 Oyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
151-0065 Tokio, Japan
tel:+81 (0)3-5452-3171

Presented by: Case Inc.

Sponsored by:

Further information:
Case inc.
Mr.Yukawa / Mr.Sakamoto
Tel: 03-5452-3171
Fax: 03-5452-3173



Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi participates LOVE CHAIR COLLECTION with HIRAMEKI Design × Finland exhibition taken place during Isetan design week at the Isetan Shinjuku department store in Tokyo, Japan.The LOVE CHAIR COLLECTION with HIRAMEKI Design × Finlandconsists of one hundred customized AND chairs, manufactured by the Finnish furniture company Arvo Piiroinen Oy. 24 Finnish designers, together with Japanese designers, created special graphics and patterns according to the theme “Love Communication”. These are unique chairs at special prices.26.10 – 08.11.2011

ISETAN LIVING (Isetan Shinjuku 5th Floor)


Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi will participate in the EcoDesign Special Exhibition 2011 at Habitare the biggest furniture, interior decoration and design fair in Finland.

Pekka will present “PIKKU PUUJAKKARA” – wooden stool as a new ecological product solution and Yuka will show “Y+” (Ypsilon plus) coat stand as an experimental prototype from her multifunctional furniture concept.

The 3rd international EcoDesign Special Exhibition, MultiFunction as the theme, will be held in conjunction with Habitare Fair at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre on 14-18th September 2011. The exhibition is set to present ecological and MultiFunctional products.

German Industrial Designer Konstantin Grcic has been invited as Guest of Honour. Advertising Agency Valo and Konstantin Grcic will invite top-class international designers and young talents from Finland and abroad to take part in the EcoDesign Special Exhibition. The EcoDesign exhibition will feature approximately 80 ecological and multifunctional products.


Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi have a joint exhibition of their works including design products such as tableware, furniture, textiles as well as art pieces, experimental lighting installation, interior and architectural projects.


27.08 – 23.10.2011

Opening hours

Mon-Sun 11-18

Tuesday 11-20, Wednesday – Sunday 11-18, Mondays closed

DESIGNMUSEO – galleria
Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki
Tel. (09) 622 0540

Press release
English : Harni_Takahashi_Gallery_8_11.pdf
Finnish : Harni_Takahashi_26_8_tiedote.pdf
Swedish : Harni_Takahashi_pressmeddelande8_11

Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi speak at PechaKuca Night held as one part of Hirameki DesignXFinland events at the Living Design Center Ozone in Tokyo.
Ten presentations about “sustainability” will be given by designers.


Hannu Kähönen
Jalo Helsinki
Pekka Harni
Yuka Takahashi
Saana ja Olli


Date and Time: 02.11.2010, starting from 17:00

Location: Living Design Cener Ozone (Atrium 1F)
Shinjuku Park Tower, 3-7-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Presentation language: English
Registration at the information desk of HIRAMEKI at the Living Design Center Ozone.

Each presentation will last 6 minutes and 40 seconds. After each presentation, there will be roughly 3 minutes to ask questions. But the feedback and discussions will not be limited to those three minutes. During and after the presentations people in the audience are welcome to move around, talk to and discuss with each other and the presenters.

Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi present their works at Architect Cafe Aoyama in Tokyo. Pekka Harni’s brand new book “Object Categories – typology of tools” published by Aalto Universty School of Art and Design is also introduced. This event gives stories from design developments of Harni-Takahashi and also aims to promote mutual friendship between Japanese audience and Harni-Takahashi. After the lecture, panel discussion and open discussion will be organized with a Japnese designer Mr.Ido moderated by Ms.Yumiko Tanaka from Trade Wing.


Time: 1.Nov. 2010 15:30-17:30

Participation fee: Lecture 1500 jpy + tea 500 jpy

Registration :

more detail :

Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi(Harni-Takahashi) exhibit their works at HIRAEKI DESIGN x FINLAND exhibition at the Living Design Center Ozone in Tokyo in Tokyo Designers Week 2010.

HIRAMEKI Design × Finland exhibition presents a representative group of today’s brightest designer names along with companies utilising design in a key way, curated by designers Harri Koskinen and Ilkka Suppanen.

HIRAMEKI is a moment of epiphany, a spark, inspiration. A broad overview of Finnish design offers a new perspective and an opportunity to exchange views and design together.

Hirameki Design x Finland is produced by Design Forum Finland in collaboration with the Living Design Center OZONE and Finnish Institute in Japan.

Opening Time: October 29 – November 7, 2010 10:30-19:00

Place: Living Design Center OZONE

Address: Shinjuku Park Tower, Nishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Free entrance


Link >

Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi show the presentation of their ceramic workshop at Suomi-Meksiko (Finland -Mexico)2010 Exhibition. The workshop was carried out in collaboration with Kyhtzia Barrera in Oaxaca province in Mexico in 2008 together with Oaxaca’s local ceramic artisans and Mexican designer/ceramic artists.

National Archives of Finland and the Embassy of Mexico present Suomi-Meksiko exhibition 2010. The exhibition captures the image of Finland and Mexico, the links between the late 1800s to the present day. The exhibition shows how Mexico has affected Finnish art, design, pop culture, sports and business life.

About 20 Finnish artists who have visited Oaxaca residence are also showing their artworks.

The exhibition is held for Mexican Independence 200-year anniversary and the Mexican Revolution, 100-years anniversary.

Place:  the National Archives / Kansallisarkisto
the main building lobby and exhibition hall (Rauhankatu 17)

Opening time: September 17 to December 23, 2010, Tuesday to Friday 11-17.

The exhibition’s admission is free. Welcome!
Guided tours and groups by appointment,  tel: (09) 228 521

for more information

Christina Forssell, the National Archives
(09) 228 52 312 050 324 5872
E-mail: firstname.lastname @

Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi participate in the EcoDesign Special Exhibition 2011 at Habitare the biggest furniture, interior decoration and design fair in Finland. We exhibit H-T lighting that is built by a flexible unit structure. It is possible to create a series of different sized lamps with the units. The lamp shades are made with a special technique developed and woven by Finnish textile artist Sirkka Paikkari.

The second international EcoDesign Special Exhibition is held in conjunction with Habitare fair at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre 1 – 5 September 2010, presented unique, ecological lights. World-renowned lighting designer Ingo Maurer from Germany was the curator of the exhibition.

Ingo Maurer and producer Valo invited top-class international designers and young talents from Finland and abroad to take part in the EcoDesign Special Exhibition. The exhibition features approximately 80 unique and ecological lights.


Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi’s works are selected to the STRAIGHTFORWARD New Finnish Design exhibition during the Meatpacking District Design Week in New York.



15-17 MAY. 2010


Chelsea Market
410 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
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AlessiAnne Kyyrö QuinnAnu PenttinenAri KanervaElizabeth SalonenHarri KoskinenIlkka SuppanenJalo HelsinkiJKMM ArchitectsJonas HakaniemiJukka KorpiheteKlaus AaltoKristiina LassusMarita HuurinainenMarko NenonenMikael SilvantoPASPASPekka HarniPentagon DesignPyry TamminenRenata JakowleffTapio AnttilaTeija LosoiTiina RipattiTimo NiskanenToni KauppilaTuula PöyhönenYuka Takahashi /


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The STRAIGHTFORWARD New Finnish Design event presents innovative solutions to matters of everyday life by individual designers and design oriented companies during Meatpacking District Design ‘10. The event focuses on today’s interpretations of the traditional values that made Finnish Design world famous sixty years ago. It consists of an exhibition, a lounge area, a pop-up store, and a website. The theme of the event is further explored in a documentary film screened in the lounge and in a series of side events.

The exhibition features furniture and product design while the pop-up store offers a wider selection of smaller design objects from glassware to fashion and jewelry. Straightforward showcases young designers side by side with more established designers and design oriented companies.

STRAIGHTFORWARD is part of an ongoing series presenting new Finnish design in North America. The previous New Finnish Design events VALVOMO, HARDCORE and PLAYFUL did each attract over 5,000 visitors during the annual Meatpacking District Design Weeks in 2007-2009.

Yuka Takahashi interview “At the interface of culture” in the Just Add magazine.
It is possible to see online from link below (PDF file)

in English: Just Add 04/2008 (PDF)

in Finnish: Just Add 04/2008 FIN (PDF)

Kemira website:

Pekka Harni’s textile design “SOLU” and Yuka Takahashi’s “MOON tableware set” will be exhibited in the exhibition “FLIGHT NUMBER 10” at the BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DESIGN 2008 SAINT-ÉTIENNE in France.


…Flight number 10… will open with an exhibition celebrating the 10 years of the existence of the International Design Biennial of Saint-Etienne.
Flight number 10 will show projects and works realised by designers to the development of societies, their uses and their everyday practices.

Date: 15 – 30 November. 2008

More Information:

Yuka Takahashi will have the second chance to speak at Pecha Kucha Night (OCT.02) organized by Designpartners08 during Helsinki Design Week. Speakers will be following:

Nanna Susi, Johanna Hyrkäs and Tuomas Siitonen (
Pekka Toivonen, Jonathan Mander, Jussi Puikkonen and Antti Routto (
Sophia Jansson-Zambra (
Nene Tsuboi (
Olavi Lindén (
Lauri Nykopp (
Yuka Takahashi (
Björn Weckström (
Walter Thompson (
Bjarke Ingels (


Ticket (20 e, including drinks)
Date and Time: 02.10.2008, starting from 20:20
Location: Cable Factory

> link (also you can researve tickets here)

Helsinki Design Week /

Pecha Kucha Night :Helsinki

Pecha Kucha Night : Global


会 期
2008年05月13日(火)〜 05月18日(日)

新風館3F トランス・ジャンル
tel 075(213)6688(代表)

京都嵯峨芸術大学 観光デザイン学科
辻研究室 tel 075(864)7844

京都嵯峨芸術大学 観光デザイン学科 金氏、辻研究室

About 160 selected works created by participants during the ceramic workshop in Oaxaca has been in the exhibition in Azompa and San Bartolo Coyotepec in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Date: 02. APR. 2008
Location: Santa Maria Azompa

Date: 18. May – 18. June. 2008
Independencia s/n, Centro, San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca.

Yuka Takahashi’s tableware design “MOON” set will be presented in the exhibition
“15 Horizons – New Japanese Design from Finland” in Kyoto and Tokyo, JAPAN!

Date: 25 – 30.MAR.2008
12:00 – 20:00 (last day 12:00 – 18:00)
Location: Gallery Maronie 5F
Shioyamachi, Shijyouagaru, Kawaramachi,
Nakakyouku, Kyoto 604-8027 Japan
TEL 075-221-0117

Date: 3 – 8.APR.2008.
10:30 – 19:00
Living Design Gallery
6F at Shinjyuku Park tower
3-7-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-5322-6500


Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi held three weeks workshop in collaboration with designer and professor Kythzia Barrera.
Participants worked in teams mixed with local artisans and designers/ceramic artists.

Wed-Sat 05-08. March.
Wed-Sat 12-15. March
Wed-Sat 19-22. March

Pekka Harni gave a lecture and held 5 days design workshop in the CENTRO university in Mexico City in collaboration with designer and professor Kythzia Barrera.

Mon 18.02 – Wed 27.02.2008

Sierra Mojada 415, México, DF, Lomas de Chapultepec, 11000
Link :

Pekka Harni’s recent works will be exhibited at the craft museum of Finland among the other works created by central-Finnish designers and craftsmen. Welcome! Tervetuloa!
10.1 – 2.3.2008 open: Thu – Sun 11.00 – 18.00

> link
The Craft Museum of Finland – SUOMEN KÄSITYÖN MUSEO

5KULMAA matkaa Kuopioon. Arabian 5KULMAA-kokoelma suuntaa joulun alla kohti itää. Kokoelmaan voi tutustua Kuopion keskustassa sijaitsevan Carlsonin Arabia-osastolla 19.11. – 24.12.2007 järjestettävässä myyntinäyttelyssä.


Carlson Kuopio >

Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi gave a presentation at Pecha Kucha Night
organized at Designpartners07 during Helsinki Design Week.

Thank everyone who came to see our presentation!

> link
Helsinki Design Week :

Pecha Kucha Night/ Helsinki:

Pecha Kuch Night : Global:

Yuka Takahashi design “Moon” tableware set is now released as a part of “5KULMAA” limited edition from Arabia Finland.

The launching exhibition is held in the center of Helsinki, the place so called “5kulmaa”.
The gallery is located in Tarkk’ampujankatu 18.
Opening hours : Thursdays – Fridays 12:00-19:00 & Saturdays 10:00-15:00
Products are also available in Iittala shop located in north side of esplanadi street Pohjoisesplanadi 25.


——————————————- Excerpt from Arabia Finland 5KULMAA catalogue:

The 5KULMAA limited edition collection designed by five young artists is being made. The clay material has been used by each of them to its fullest potential.
They have looked into the possibilities and surprises it affords from their own unique perspectives and so continue Arabia’s long tradition of expertise in ceramic art.

The 5KULMAA collection is the work of the following young designers:


> link
ARABIA 5KULMAA homepage:

ARABIA Finland homepage:

December 30, 2006 Article about Yuka Takahashi & Pekka Harni’s work and the way of living now on Finnish interior magazine Kodin kuvalehti. Quotation from Vähän on paljon Yuka Takahashi ja Pekka Harni välttävät kaikin tavoin turhaa tavaraa, vaikka he suunnittelevat työkseen uusia esineitä. Pyrkimys olennaiseen näkyy kahden muotoilijan kodissa Helsingin Kruununhaassa.


September 27-30, 2006 Pekka Harni & Yuka Takahashi will show their recent works at the designpartners 06 during Helsinki Design Week . Welcome! Cable Factory Tel. (09) 4763 8300 Tallberginkatu 1, 00180 Helsinki Wed-Sat 27.-30.9. Open for public : from Thu to Fri 13.00 – 19.00, Sat 11.00 – 18.00 With an invitation : from Wed to Fri 19.00 – 23.00 Tickets 5 €


May 10 – 28, 2006 Yuka Takahashi has made a tableset display for Arabia Finland factory shop by using their own products, Pekka Harni’s textile and ABC dinnerware in combination with several other Arabia/Iittala products. This show is relating to the Masters of Arts exhibition events MoA2006 . 7 selected students from MoA2006 decolated 6 unique tables.

Opening time: 10am-8pm
Arabia factory shop Hämeentie 135, Helsinki

Mar 17, 2006 – Jun 11, 2006 The Sámi Knife 7″ The touring exhibition is opened for the public at the Sámi Museum SIIDA in Inari in Finland on Friday, March 17, 2006.

Pekka Harni was invited as a lecturer as well as a participant of the workshop on the Sámi knife Leuku held in Outakoski, Utsjoki located in Lapland in August 2005. Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi created a new knife together during the Sámi Knife workshop along with other participants. The workshop was organized by Finnish interior designer Simo Heikkilä.

Further information> SIIDA: the Sámi Museum and the Northern Lapland Nature Centre.
Press Release


March, 2006 The essay Astia-Utsuwa Finnish and Japanese Dining experience by Yuka Takahashi is published in ptah (2005:2) . ptah is a periodical concentrating on the theory of architecture, design and art, and publishing academic essays and peer review articles by Alvar Aalto Academy.



Koti- the home experience is introduced in the article “Suitable designs! Sustainable designs?” by Karola Sahi.
(in Finnish and English).


> link

22- 25.09.2005 KOTI -The Home Experience / interior design project by Yuka Takahashi and Pekka Harni in Helsinki Finland.

KOTI – The home experience is one of the events in Helsinki Design Week 2005 . A few designers have been chosen to carry out projects to individualize city homes.

Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi have made an interior design through a concept of Modern Scandinavian style spiced with Japanese cultural influence. The goal was to create a wholeness in interior design by complete applied art work …> read more


During Helsinki Design Week 2005 Yuka Takahashi has shown her diploma work from University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH in the Design Partners 05 event at cable factory in Helsinki. She organized a cultural exchange design project with three Japanese and three Finnish students at UIAH. The teams of Finnish students and Japanese students created sets of artefacts relating to the dining environments of their reciprocal cultures. Yuka Takahashi created a set of artefacts as integrations of Japanese and Finnish cultures.

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