Samuli Naamanka

Interior architect Samuli Naamanka (born1969) is known as a versatile designer whose work combines carefully considered vocabulary of form with creative technical innovation. As well as product design and interior design, Naamanka specialises in environmental design. Amongst other things, he has carried out groundbreaking work in the development of concrete products. The results of this have given rise, for example, to patent inventions for a graphic concrete patterning technology and for colouring concrete in several different colours. One of his most recent development is the seat of the COMPOS chair produced from 100% biodegradable natural composite fibre.
Samuli Naamanka’s work include the prize-winning Clash chair, exhibition designs, environmental works and public works of art. The works contain references to the history, nature and architecture of the places where they are located and symbols of them. Awards granted to Samuli Naamanka include e.g the 2004 elevationbuilding prize by the Julkisivuyhdistys (the Finnish facade foundation) for developing graphic concrete, and the SIO Furniture Designer of the Year prize in 2005, the 2008 Nordiska design prize ( Uni Chair ), EcoDesign 1.Prize at Habitare 2010, the Bio-degradable Roll on lamp shade – judge by Ingo Maurer, Best Material 2011 at the Material Xperience in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2011 and Asko-Avonius prize 2015. He has also given twice The Arts Council of Finland 5-year artist grant.
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