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      1933 Born in Wyborg (Finland)
      1951-52 Imatra Draft School, art studies
      1955-58 Institute of Industrial Art, interior architect
      1956 Married to Irmeli Kukkapuro, graphic artist
      1959 Design Studio Kukkapuro
         
  Awards and distinctions   1959,61 Award of the Finnish Foreign Trade Association
  YK 1958   1961 Scholarship of the Industrial Design Association Ornamo
    1961 Grant of Kaunis Koti Fund
    1963 Scholarship for Art and Literature, Helsinki City
    1966 Lunning Prize
    1970 State Award of Design, Finland
    1972 Furniture Competition of Scandinavian interior Magazines, 1st Prize
    1972 International Chair Design Competition, Italy, 1st Prize
    1973 Tokyo International Lighting Design Competition, recognition
    1974 The New York Magazine Chair Competition
    1977 Illum Prize, Copenhagen
    1981 International Fair, Brno, gold medal
    1982 Artek Award, Alvar Aalto Foundation
      1983 Pro Finlandia Medal
      1984 IBD Award, USA
      1985 Furniture Designer Of the year (A 500 series chairs), Interior Designers SIO
      1991 Ornamo Ball, Industrial Designers Association
      1995 Kaj Frank Design Award
      2001 Best Selection: Office design, Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Essen
      2002 Landesbaupreis Mecklenburg (Konzerthalle Marienkirche, Neubrandenburg)
      2009 The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Eminentia Grant
         
  Marks of Esteem   1999 Nanjing University of Forestry and Wuxi University of Light Industry, China, Honorary professor
      2001 University of Art and Design Helsinki, Doctor honoris causa
      2002 Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London, membership
         
  Educational Career   1963-69 Institute of Craft and Design, Helsinki, lecturer
      1969-74 Helsinki University of Technology, architecture department, lecturer
    1974-80 University of Arts and Design Helsinki, professor
    1978-80 University of Arts and Design Helsinki, rector
    1983- University of Art and design Helsinki specialist lecturer
    1988-93 Artist professor
         
  Solo Exhibitions   1962 Design Center, Helsinki
      1985 Galleri Vognremissen, Oslo
      1987 Magic Room, Galerie Binnen, Amsterdam
      1990 Surrum, Röhsska museet, Göteborg
      1992 Das Nordik Haus, Düsseldorf
      1995 Chairs (Kaj Franck Design Award Exhibition) Design Forum, Helsinki
      2005 Tattood Chairs, Centre Culturel de la Finlande, Paris
      2008 Retrospective exhibition, Designmuseum Helsinki
      2009 Retrospective exhibition, Designmuseum Gent, Belgium
         
 
  Group Exhibitions   1957 Home for the Future (curator Antti Nurmesniemi), Helsinki
      1959 Craft and Design Exhibition, Helsinki Art Hall
Fysio   1960 XII Milano Triennale
  1962 Ornamo 50th Anniversary Exhibition
  1963 75 Years of Finnish Design, Jubileum Exhibition Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm
  1963-69 Touring Exhibition Finlandia
  1965 Contemporary Furniture, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  1966 Eurodomus I, Genova
  1966 Vijftig jaar Zitten, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  1967 Art of Living, SAD, Grand Palais, Paris
  1967-68 Touring Exhibition, Long Beach Museum of Art, USA
  1968 Eurodomus II, Torino
  1968 XIV Milano Triennale, (also architecture of the finnish section)
  1969 Espace et Lumiére, Grand Palais, Paris
  1970 Eurodomus III, Milan
  1970 Modern Chair, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  1972 Design and Plastics, Umelecko prümuslové museum, Prague
  1972 Finsk miljø, Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen
  1974 S’assessoir, Musée de Grenoble
  1974 S’assessoir, Musée de Grenoble
  1974 Finnterior, Ryodo Center, Tokio
  1974 Finnish Design, Weeks of Finnish Culture, Warsaw
      1975 Finski Dizajn, Muzej savreme umetnosti, Belgrade
      1975 Finnish Society of Art and Craft 100 years, Ateneum Art Museum
  YK   1978 Metamorphoses Finlandaises, Centre Pompidou, Paris
    1981 Form und Structure, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki
    1985 Homo decorans, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark
    1990 Design Industriel Finlandais, Centre Pompidou, Paris
    1990 Nordform-90, Malmö
    1996 Design and Identity, Aspects of European Design, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark
    1996 Design Nordic Way, Kalmar, Sweden
    1999 The Most Important 99 Design Objects in the 20th Century, Louvre, Paris
    1999 5X5 Stoelen, de Klassiekers van het Finse modernisme, Design Museum Gent, Belgium
    2000 European Cultural Cities of the Year 2000 exhibition Find,  simultaneously in Helsinki, Avignon, Bergen, Bologna, Brussels, Krakow, Prague, Santiago de Compostela, Reykjavik
    2000 Finnish Design, Fiskars, Finland
    2002 Design and Identity, Aspects of European Design –exhibition, Louisiana Museum, Tanska
    2002 Tattood Chairs, Museo Casabianca – Museo della grafica d’arte, Malo Vicenza, Italy
    2003 Tattood Chairs, Piccolo Museo, Crespano del Grappa, Italy
    2003 Q-Designing the Quietness: Contemporary Finnish Design, Living design Center, Tokio
    2006 Chairs – International Exhibition, University of Art and Design, Helsinki
      2006 Tattood Chairs, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisboa, Portugal
      2007 25-Jubilee Collection, Galerie Binnen, Amsterdam
      2009 Ecodesign exhibition, curator, Habitare Fair, Helsinki
      2010 Ecodesign Light exhibition, Habitare Fair, Helsinki
         
  Works in Permanent Collections   1965 Museum Of Modern Art, New York (Ateljee)
      1971, 1984 Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Karuselli, Remmi)
      1979, 1981 Designmuseum Helsinki (Karuselli, Remmi)
      1983, 1996 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (Fysio, Alnus Poster)
      1983, 1987 Kunstindustrimuseum Copenhagen, (Experiment free form, A 500)
      1985 Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim
      1985 Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo
      1987 Röhsska museet, Göteborg (A 504)
      1989 Nationalmuseet, Stockholm (Experiment Free Diagonal)
      1990 Israel Museum, Jerusalem (Sirkus)
      1991 Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein,, (Karuselli, Saturnus C, Chair 415)
      1999 Listasafn Islands, Reykjavik (Long Chair)
      2000 Design Museum Gent (Karuselli)
      2002 Museo Casabianca, Museo della grafica d’arte, Malo Vicenza (Tattood Chair)