Interior architect, designer and lecturer Simo Heikkilä set up his own studio in 1971 and he has also acted as the Director of Aalto University’s Wood Studio.
The prize jury noted that with his humorous touch, Heikkilä has guided young people towards an ecological and practical use of material. Heikkilä is a furniture designer who is known as a keen producer of Finnish design. In his own work he has freely combined various materials and created honest production in which the details of the structures are often openly displayed. He designs small items such as knives and sauna and bathroom items, and he is also recognized as an exhibition designer.
Simo Heikkilä is operator with an international network. He has, for example, contributed to the launch of the international “Design for Architecture” design seminar. Every third year the event gathers operators from the fields of design and architecture from around the world in Jyväskylä.