Furniture

40 years Finland and Australia…

I have over forty years of experience in furniture making, in partnership with my wife Helena, in Australia and in Finland.  We have worked with hundreds of clients: making furniture for residential and office projects; designed custom pieces for clients and for our own collections; restored antiques; designed and built seating for ships; and furnished bars, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and display homes.

The skills that I have developed are craft based, but refined with an acquired design knowledge and used in a manufacturing setting.  These skills are quite unique today and not easily reproducible, so I welcome the opportunity to teach, and use each project to communicate the benefits of my expertise and provide the best crafted solution possible.

Commissions
Commissions for unique pieces are interesting for me to work on. It’s a balance between the client brief and my own imagining of the piece. Working closely with the client but retaining freedom to conceptualise in my own way, I hope creates a significant piece with longevity and meaning for the client. Here’s my most recent commission, the Chancellor’s Ceremonial Chair for Griffith University.

Griffith University

Chancellor's Ceremonial Chair for Griffith University

Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair
Griffith University Chancellors Ceremonial Chair

Deka projects
Here are images of a few projects undertaken with Deka where I have designed and manufactured new furniture. It’s just a snapshot, the Deka website has more detail of recent projects.

Client Projects

Examples of design and manufacture projects for clients over the years.

Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Gold Coast apartment 2
Terrace Swing
Terrace Swing
Scott Street dining
Scott Street dining
Scott Street Living
Scott Street Living
Origins coffee table in Scott Street
Origins coffee table in Scott Street
Scott Street
Scott Street
St Lucia House
St Lucia House
St Lucia House dining room
St Lucia House dining room
St Lucia House - dining table detail
St Lucia House - dining table detail
St Lucia House - buffet
St Lucia House - buffet
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Gold Coast apartment 1
Hyne reception
Hyne reception
Hyne offices
Hyne offices
Hyne boardroom
Hyne boardroom
Sydney Apartment
Sydney Apartment
Sydney Apartment
Sydney Apartment
Sydney Apartment
Sydney Apartment

Kantti Collection
For this collection for Deka Design I collaborated with Helena and Nora. We wanted to create a collection made with local, sustainably sourced timbers that would suit residential interiors and also commercial projects.

Kantti Collection

Collection of timber furniture designed for commercial and residential projects.

Kantti II chair with timber seat
Kantti II chair with timber seat
Kantti II chair with timber seat
Kantti II chair with timber seat
Kantti II chair with upholstered seat
Kantti II chair with upholstered seat
Kantti armchair
Kantti armchair
Kantti cafe chair
Kantti cafe chair
Kantti dining chair
Kantti dining chair
Kantti dining chair
Kantti dining chair
Kantti desk
Kantti desk
Kantti stool collection
Kantti stool collection
Kantti barstool
Kantti barstool

Origins
activating material, revealing history, adapting design, representing craft and producing culture.

This collection is based on making local furniture craft more visible, bringing it into presence as an alternative to homogenous design. Using local materials and a slightly unique aesthetic, I am using the finished piece to display the craftsmanship within it. As with all of my work, I am endeavouring to create material culture which is relevant and long lasting.

Origins

activating material adapting design representing craft producing culture

Stool by Lasse Kinnunen
Stool by Lasse Kinnunen
Stool by Lasse Kinnunen
Stool by Lasse Kinnunen
Oksa cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Oksa cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Oksa cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Oksa cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet by Lasse Kinnunen
Sheer cabinet
Sheer cabinet
Sheer cabinet
Sheer cabinet
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Cabinet Lasse Kinnunen
Juhani chair
Juhani chair
Juhani chair
Juhani chair
Juhani chair
Juhani chair
Banjo table series
Banjo table series
Jann bench
Jann bench
Jann bench
Jann bench
Simo Stool
Simo Stool
Katri coffee table
Katri coffee table
Katri coffee table
Katri coffee table
Katri coffee table
Katri coffee table
Detail of Offcut Table
Detail of Offcut Table

born classic for Deka 
This collection of contemporary furniture for my family company Deka has been developed over many years for our residential and commercial clients. Echoing the clean lines of contemporary furniture, this collection illustrates the virtues of high quality manufacture and a long term classic aesthetic.

The Deka collection evolves quite naturally. I am constantly developing or refining concepts, most of which make it to production, some that lay dormant until the time is right, and a few that never make it past pencil and paper. The design process is a relatively quick one because of the ease of collaboration: concept on paper, presented to Helena and Nora. If agreed it proceeds to design and material selection, then ready for prototyping or production.

A few of my signature pieces for Deka are shown in the gallery below. It’s just a small sample, the full collection is shown on Deka’s website.

Deka

'born classic' collection for Deka

Lucy table
Lucy table
Zamu daybed
Zamu daybed
Lucy table
Lucy table
Kalle chair
Kalle chair
Zamu dining chair
Zamu dining chair
Zamu dining chair
Zamu dining chair
Zamu armchair
Zamu armchair
Antero swivel armchair
Antero swivel armchair
Neo swivel armchair
Neo swivel armchair
Pietari sofa collection
Pietari sofa collection
Pietari sofa
Pietari sofa
Pietari dining table
Pietari dining table
Pietari dining table with Sebastian chair
Pietari dining table with Sebastian chair
Pietari credenza
Pietari credenza
Leon chaise
Leon chaise
Kalervo swivel armchair
Kalervo swivel armchair
Wallunit
Wallunit

Son of Martin
Son of Martin is our family’s design brand. We come together with a shared love of design and the hand made. The Games Table that I made has a reversible top with felt for playing on one side and solid timber on the other for dining. The table and the matching chair are made from walnut with contrasting timber decorative details and coasters.

Son of Martin

designing the family tradition

Games table and chair for Son of Martin
Games table and chair for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table and chair for Son of Martin
Games table and chair for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin
Games table for Son of Martin