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furniture designer , Interior architect

Yrjo Kukkapuro, Finnish interior designer. Recipient Scandinavian Lunning prize, Copenhagen, 1966, Design award, Republic of Finland, 1970, Illum prize, Copenhagen, 1977, Artek prize, Alvar Aalto Foundation, Helsinki, 1982, Pro Finlandia medal, State of Finland, 1983.


Kukkapuro, Yrjo was born on April 6, 1933 in Viborg, Finland. Son of Eerikki and Eeva (Haapsaari) Kukkapuro.


Degree in Interior Designing (honorary), Institute Industrial Arts, Helsinki, 1958.


His career started in the 1950s while studying in the Academy of Design in Helsinki. Kukkapuro's most famous model is called Karuselli (carousel) and it belongs to the collection of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. It was also nominated as the most comfortable chair in the world by The New York Times in 1974.

Kukkapuro is married to graphic artist Irmeli Kukkapuro since 1954. The couple have built a home studio in Kauniainen in 1968. The building designed by Yrjö Kukkapuro and engineer Eero Paloheimo resembles pop-art style.


  • Other Work

    • Represented in permanent collections Museum Modern Art, New York City, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Museum Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Museum Industrial Arts, Hamburg, Museum Applied Arts, Helsinki.


Member of State Committee Arts and Crafts Finland (chairman 1977-1983), Societe des Artistes Decorateurs Sad Paris, Ornamo, Finnish Association Designers, Interior Designers Association.


Married Irmeli Salminen Kukkapuro, June 11, 1956. 1 child Isa.

Eerikki Kukkapuro

Eeva (Haapsaari) Kukkapuro

Irmeli Salminen Kukkapuro

Isa Kukkapuro