BIOGRAPHY

Riku Toivonen was born in 1985 in Helsinki. Before Bachelor studies Riku studied in the carpentry school and graduated from there in 2012. Riku worked for a while in theatres as a set carpenter and cabinet maker. Riku graduated in spring 2016 from Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts, Furniture Design department. After finishing his bachelor studies Riku worked as a design developer at Aito Products in Helsinki. In autumn 2017 Riku started his master’s studies in Design Products at the Royal College of Art. Riku graduated from the RCA in summer 2019.

 

In his practice Riku tries to explore and question the norms of human behavior and how we interact with objects and products in everyday life. Riku’s goal is to solve the problems of everyday life with a touch of humor and thereby making life better. In product design Riku aspires to create functional, aesthetic as well as long-lasting and timeless products considering the challenges of today. Finnish culture as well as Riku’s background as a wood artisan can be seen in his design.

 

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

EXHIBITIONS

Dutch Design Week, Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, Holland, 2019

Isku, Habitare Furniture Fair 2019, Helsinki, 2019

Royal College of Art Show, Graduate exhibition, London, UK, 2019

Milan Design Week, Ventura Projects, RCA Design Products, Milan, Italy, 2019

Isku, Stockholm Furniture Fair, Stockholm, Sweden, 2019

Work-In-Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2019

Imm Cologne, Pure Talents Contest 2019, Cologne Germany

Habitare 2018, Fhink, Helsinki, Finland

The Future is _____ 2018, Royal College of Art, Kensington, London, UK

Milan Design Week 2018, RCA, Milan, Italy

Milan Design Week 2018, Fhink, Salone Satellite, Milan, Italy

Work-In-Progress Show 2018, Royal College of Art, Kensington, London, UK

Habitare 2017, Protoshop, Helsinki Finland

Habitare 2016, Ecodesign, Helsinki, Finland
Habitare 2016, Protoshop, Helsinki, Finland
Habitare 2016, Wired to be inspired, Helsinki, Finland

MI 16, Kattilahalli 2016, Helsinki, Finland

No Sauna - Burning Stereotypes
Ventura Lambrate, 2016, Milan, Italy

Pro Puu, 2016, Vedellä leikattua, Lahti, Finland

Habitare 2015, Muotsikka, Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Design Week 2015
Puuta ja Muuta, Wood and Mood, Helsinki, Finland

Puu- ja Biomessut 2015, MI 15, Jyväskylä, Finland

OHO Gallery 06/2015 Riku Toivonen Protoja, Helsinki, Finland
OHO Gallery 07/2015 Riku Toivonen Protoja, Helsinki, Finland

KOE 15 2015, Kattilahalli MI 15, Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Design Week 2014, MI 14, Helsinki, Finland

Suomen Kädentaidot 2014, MI14, Tampere, Finland

EDUCATION

Royal College of Art
School of Design, Design Products
Master of Arts
2017-2019

Aalto University
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Product and Spatial Design, MA
2016-

Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Institute of Design and Fine Arts
Bachelor of Culture and Arts
Furniture Design
2012-2016

Vocational school
Product design and manufacture
Wood Artisan / Cabinet maker
Luksia, Länsi-Uudenmaan ammattiopisto
2009-2012

High school
Yhtenäiskoulun lukio
Helsinki 2002-2006

NOMINATIONS

Pure Talents Contest 2019,

Finals top 22 out of 926 entries Cologne, Germany

Small Space Furniture Award 2019,

Runner-Up, London, UK

Maarten Van Severen Chair Masterclass,

Ghent, Belgium 2019

 

CONTACT

riku.t.toivonen@gmail.com

riku.toivonen@network.rca.ac.uk
+44 7479 910842

LONDON, UK

HELSINKI, FINLAND

WORKING

Aito Projects Oy
Design Developer 2016-2017

Helsinki City Theater
Carpenter, 2014

Helsinki City Theater
Carpenter, 2012

 

INTERNSHIP

Studio Ripatti
06/2015, 08/2015

Helsinki City Theater
Carpenter, 2011

Helsingin Lasi ja puu
Carpenter, 2010