Tolvanen, Julie


Melkonkatu 1C 60













MA Furniture Design, Aalto University School of Art & Design, Helsinki, 2012
BA Architecture, Washington University School of Architecture, 1992

Work Experience

2015 - now. Studio Tolvanen Oy (founding partner with Mika Tolvanen, product design office)
2012-2015 Julie Tolvanen (TMI, product design)
2006-2011 Egg Collective (founding partner, furniture design office)
2001-2006 UrbanWorkshop (TMI, designer & maker of limited production furniture pieces)
1996-2001 Irwin-Scheu Woodwork (TMI, designer & maker one-of-a-kind wood furniture pieces)



2019. FDS Award Shortlist, Bird Silo birdfeeder by Studio Tolvanen for Pidät.
2018. Furniture of the Year 2018, Årets Rum magazine. Furnishing Utopia Project at Stockholm Furniture Fair.
2018. Dezeen Shortlist for Homeware Design. Hands To Work: Furnishing Utopia Project.
2016. FDS Award, 3rd Prize for Wood Dish Rack by Studio Tolvanen.
2015. Good Design Award. Chicago Athenaeum, Julie Chair for Inno.
2015. Toimittajien tusina - 12 parasta kotimaista sisustusuutuutta - Sisustustoimittajat, Julie Chair for Inno.


2019 Puhdetyö exhibition (Erottaja 2: Room With a View, Helsinki Design Week)
2018 Hands to Work (New York Design Week)
2017 Furnishing Utopia: The Shaker Project 2.0 (Stockholm Furniture Fair & New York Design Week)
2017 Finnish Pavilion (Shenzhen Furniture Fair)
2016 Furnishing Utopia: Shaker Design Reinterpreted (New York Design Week)

More Info

Sketch Vase collection was produced for an exhibition called Puhdetyö during Helsinki Design Week 2019. Puhdetyö refers to the handicrafts done after dark once the field chores were done, but in this scenario it was what 6 designers did when there was no brief. We worked with the glass masters at Lasisirkus to produce our individual pieces for the exhibition.

I was so amazed to learn that molten glass can be cut using scissors that I decided to sketch some vases and literally cut them out of hot glass. An extra layer of playfulness came from the interpretation of my sketch by the person cutting the glass and all the lively, unplanned twists and turns that happened while the glass was being worked. Materials: Mouth blown and scissor-cut glass by Lasisirkus at Nuutajärvi. NOTE TO JURY: Sketch Vases can be displayed as single objects, but they were intended as a group. I have included 3 photos of 'vase groups,' but please feel free to pick and choose as you like. I included the height of the tallest and diameter of the widest for you to consider. If you are interested in specific pieces, I can supply accurate dimensions of each single vase.


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