WANTED DESIGN STUDIO
Wanted creates design concepts by building cross over collaboration between visual artists & designers.
Niko Luoma is a visual artist. He has played a key role internationally for the past 20 years for his experiments with photographic abstraction through his approach of multiple exposures on the same negative by using light as a raw material. As a senior lecturer at Aalto University, he has pushed the parameters of how we perceive, think and use the photographic experience to create a new visual language, which has established him as a true innovator of analogue photography.
Niko Luoma (b. 1970) lives and works in Helsinki.
He studied at the New England School of Photography, Boston, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Aalto University, Helsinki. His works have been widely published and exhibited internationally.
His works have been recently exhibited at Mannheimer Kustverein and Weserburg Museum, Bremen, Konst Museum, Borås (2017). They are represented in numerous collections, including those of the Finnish National Gallery, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Danish National Museum of Photography.
Heikki Ruoho is an industrial-, furniture-, and interior designer. Ruoho has received numerous awards for his designs including: the Ornamo Design Award (Finland -08), the Fennia Prize (Finland -07), the Oribe Craft Design Award (Japan -06), the Caiazza Memorial Challenge at the Promosedia International Chair Exhibition (Italy -04), Workspaces (USA -01), European Packaging Design Prize (Sweden -00), A House for the Third Millennium (Italy -99), and Koizumi Lightning Design Competition (Japan -94). He has been awarded major grants by the Arts Council of Finland (-12 and -13), Finnish Cultural Foundation (-06 and -09) and the Finnish Furniture Foundation (-05).
His work has appeared in various international design exhibitions and numerous publications, including: Abitare, Domus, Frame, Interni, Ottagono, Svensk Form, and Finnish Design Yearbook. ”Kenno” child's chair, designed by Ruoho in 2011, is part of the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Heikki Ruoho has designed the 100%wool rug SIGNALS for Wanted Interior. He received his formal education at the Lahti Institute of Design (industrial design, BA), and at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (furniture design, MA).