The Dakko and Kasane stools are Mikko Paakkanens one of the most recent works and the result of his artist residence in Japan in 2013. Made of one single piece of solid pine wood, hand sculpted by Mikko Paakkanen himself, these stools are revealing Paakkanen’s double education as a master cabinet-maker and a designer from the University of Design in Helsinki. Mikko Paakkanen’s use of ink to design the seat areas of the benches represents an original contribution to the traditional design vocabulary and links this body of work to calligraphic art in general and particularly Japanese ink drawings.
Dakko and Kasane occupy space as functional sculptures, and the combination of geometrical form and organic pattern, as well as the beautifully sculpted wood, make these pieces an important contribution to the Scandinavian design tradition.
Mikko Paakkanen is one of the most important artists and designers of the new Nordic generation. Internationally
known as a fu
rniture designer, he is the founder and main designer of Studio Paakkanen.
Originally educated as a cabinetmaker, Paakkanen is fond of materials of fine quality and customized manufacturing methods. As years went forward, Paakkanen understood that his true interests lie in inventing new solutions and solving problems. By combining these two talents in his work today, Paakkanen can see things from both the designer’s and the carpenter’s point of view.
Paakkanen’s works are housed in numerous museum collections, including the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, the Design Museum Munich, the Röhrska Museet Göteborg, the Design Museum Helsinki and the Wakita Museum Shimokawa.
Paakkanen also teaches at Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland.