Janne Kyttanen (born March 13, 1974, Finland) is a digital sculptor creating multidisciplinary work at the intersection of 3D printing, virtual & augmented reality. Kyttanen’s work has been featured in TIME Magazine’s ‘Design 100’, the people and ideas behind the world’s most influential design. He is best known for his revolutionary work with 3D printing and is considered to be one of the most influential artist designers of his generation.
Kyttanen was born in Hameenlinna, Finland. He commenced his design studies at the Escola De Disseny, Elisave in Barcelona in 1996, before moving to the Netherlands and graduating from The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the year 2000. During his studies, Kyttanen envisioned a future in which products would be scaled down into digital files, their distribution becoming as simple as downloading music from the internet. Kyttanen imagined a future in which only tactile products would be physically produced and made real, and everything else would become augmented reality. His vision was so clear that he decided to focus solely on creating products using digital technologies.
Kyttanen became fascinated by augmented reality in the 1990s. The technology was in its infancy, yet Kyttanen was able to envision a future in which consumers would customize products in virtual environments and then 3D print them locally. This exploration of amalgamating augmented reality and 3D printing, laid the foundation for Freedom of Creation, Kyttanen’s pioneering creative design agency.
From the year 2000, Kyttanen led a team of specialist design and innovation experts, creating a portfolio of acclaimed and awarded designs for the Freedom of Creation brand.
Notably, Kyttanen was the first designer to commercialize high volume 3D printed products including creating the world’s first 3D printed lights, footwear, consumer electronics, furniture and countless others. In collaboration with Jiri Evenhuis, Kyttanen also created the world’s first fully functional 3D printed dress in the year 2000.
Kyttanen’s work has been extensively exhibited and integrated into permanent design collections at leading galleries and museums around the world including MOMA, FIT, MAD and the Vitra Design Museum.
A pioneer in design for 3D printing, Kyttanen has created award-winning collaborations with brands including Hyundai, Asics, Nivea, NIKE, Philips and L’Oreal.
In 2011 Freedom of Creation BV was acquired by 3D Systems Corporation, providing Kyttanen with access to the world’s most innovative, cutting edge software, materials and technology. Kyttanen has designed award winning 3D printers for 3D Systems including the Cube ® which has won a multitude of awards including the American Technology Award (ATA) for outstanding achievement in Technology Manufacturing and Japan’s prestigious Good Design Award in 2013.Kyttanen is now Creative Director for 3D Systems, the largest specialized 3D printing company in the world.
KAPi Kids at Play award, Cube ®, 2013
Good Design Award (Japan Institute of Design Promotion), Cube ®, 2013
American Technology Award, Cube ®, 2012
Cristal International, Best Cyber/Viral (ASICS Sportstyle Left/Right campaign), 2009
EuroBest, Best use of social media – Bronze (ASICS Sportstyle Left/Right campaign), 2009
ADCN, Integrated – Silver (Onitsuka Tiger/Electric Tigerland campaign), 2009
Meribel Ad Festival, Integrated – Crystal award(Onitsuka Tiger/Electric Tigerland campaign),2008
Dutch Design Awards, Winner Brand and Strategy (Onitsuka Tiger/Electric Tigerland campaign), 2008
Cannes, Cyber Lion – Silver (Onitsuka Tiger/Electric Tigerland campaign), 2008
Young Designer of the Year, Finland Forum, 2007
Interior Innovation Award Cologne, 2006
Red Dot Design winner, Lily.MGX lamp, 2005
Best New Exhibitor Award 100% Design, 2005
Best New Comer Award 100% Design, 2003
SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
Lily.MGX: MoMA (NY, USA), Museum of Arts and Design (NY, USA), Design Museo (Helsinki, Finland), Hangaram Art Museum (Seoul, South Korea)
Twister.MGX: MoMA (NY, USA)
Lotus.MGX: MoMA (NY, USA), Design Museum (Helsinki, Finland)
3D printed Textile collection: MoMA (NY, USA)
Drape Dress: Museum at FIT (NY, USA)
1597 lamp: Museum of Arts and Design (NY, USA)
Dahlia: Vitra Design Museum (Rhein, Germany)
Macedonia tray: MoMA (NY, USA)
Macedonia space dividers: Museum of Arts and Design (NY, USA)
Card bag: Museum at FIT (NY, USA)
Punchbag: MoMA (NY, USA), Tassenmuseum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Riot lamp: Design Museum Holon (Holon, Israel)
Leaf Wedges: Design Museum (Helsinki, Finland)
Lost Luggage: Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Art Basel / Design Miami (Miami, USA), 2015
Smarter. Tougher. Faster, Design Exchange (Toronto, Canada), 2015
Onward, Galerie VIVID (Rotterdam, Netherlands), 2015
Design Miami / Basel (Basel, Switzerland), 2015
Design Art, 15 years VIVID (Rotterdam, Netherlands), 2014
SHOEting Stars, KunstHausWien (Vienna, Austria), 2014
Design Miami / Basel (Basel, Switzerland), 2014
Edinburgh International Science Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), 2014
Out of Hand, Museum of Arts and Design (New York, USA), 2013
Fashion and Technology, Museum at FIT (New York, USA), 2012
DHUB, Museu Del Disseny De Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), 2010
The State of Things, Design Museum Holon (Holon, Israel), 2010
Repeat Please, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2009
Sauma, Design Museum Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland), 2008
Design and the Elastic Mind, MoMA (New York, USA), 2008
PUBLICATIONS & PRESS
Kyttanen’s work has been published in leading specialist design and mainstream publications including Wallpaper, Surface, Elle Décor, Casa Vogue, Financial Times, Time Magazine, Wired and The Huffington Post.