Ari Kanerva studied Spatial and Furniture Design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (now part of Aalto University) and graduated (MA) in 2008. Alongside his studies he worked for the Finnish furniture design industry. Now he has own office at Helsinki where his main focus is on furniture and product design. He has worked with Finnish and international companies and his work has been exhibited worldwide.
Each of his design is characterized by a careful research of items intended use and ergonomics. Kanerva describes his working methods: “From a sketch on paper, through handmade mockups to a finished industrial product, it is the chain of problems and solutions that I find fascinating. I try to make my design simple and functional, yet play with forms. I also aim at a balanced appearance where none of the details predominate.”