This modern classic is designed by Saku Sysiö from Aivan design and innovation agency. The soft and organic shaped furniture with its U-shaped ”valley” as backrest gives safe ground for dinners and conversation battles. Laakso, which also means valley in Finnish, is the part of district in Helsinki where this chair was born.
"Best Chair", Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2017 (UK)
SAKU SYSIÖ, Industrial Designer & Co-Founder at Aivan
Saku Sysiö graduated from the Lahti Institute of Design as an Industrial Designer in 2005. As part of his preparation, Sysiö also studied in Denmark at the School of Design. Since 2007 Sysiö has worked in the design agency Aivan as a founding member and partner.
Saku’s main area of expertise is in product design, with a special interest in furniture and spatial design. His approach on all projects is uncompromised and straightforward. Timeless aesthetics and functionality are key elements in Saku’s design work. Saku’s designs are always distinctively minimalistic, but his love for great craftsmanship and details is always evident.
AIVAN is a leading Nordic design and innovation agency established 2007 in Helsinki, Finland. Aivan was born in 2007 and is based in Helsinki, Finland. We are a multidisciplinary team of designers and engineers who share the desire to simplify the world around us. We aim to offer holistic solutions with a design scope that includes research & insights, design strategies, identities, concepts, boats & yachts, products, interiors and graphics. Curiosity and interest is at the heart of everything we do.