Päivi Meuronen & Aimo Katajamäki
Päivi Meuronen and Aimo Katajamäki are distinguished designers in their own field, but they also operate as a working couple. Their own independent designer personalities can be found in their co-operation, but also in the power and joy of doing things together. Their ideas are crisscrossing through their work. In many experiential interiors Meuronen has created, Katajamäki’s graphic art is playing an important role. Meuronen & Katajamäki are operating extensively across the architecture, design and art field – in minimal and maximal scales.
Meuronen is talented designer of public spaces. She uses creatively colours and materials to create deliberate interiors for different types of customers. Her work as part of the architect design team in JKMM Architects has produced a number of comprehensive works, where the architecture and interior design form a seamless wholeness.
Her innovative design approach is discoverable eg in Viikki Church, Turku and Seinäjoki City Libraries, Finnish Pavilion “Kirnu” in Shanghai EXPO 2010, Saunalahti Daycare Center, Espoo and Kalasatama School and Daycare Center, Helsinki. Projects under construction: eg Aalto University Learning Center (completed 2016) and Amos REX Art Museum (completed 2018).
She was awarded as the Interior Architect of the Year, Finnish Designer Award ’13 (the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo).
Katajamäki has his recognizable handwriting; vital, expressive and uncompromising visual expression. His ideas and art come closer to a broader audience in the surfaces and the art work of public spaces. Katajamäki is also a sculptor, who has open-mindedly worked with different surfaces, materials and processes.
Katajamäki has been recognized as one of the most interesting and reputable graphic designers in Finland. He works effortlessly between the interface of art and design. Katajamäki has been awarded for his illustrations, posters and art works. Lately he has teamed up with architects and ventured into designing art for façades, eg Hämeenlinna Provincial Archives and Savonlinna City Library.
His most well known international recognition has been Gold Award in Warsaw International Poster Biennale.
Katajamäki’s ”Wooden people” sculpture installation is housed in an annexe of Finnish Parliament.
Päivi Meuronen and Aimo Katajamäki received together the 2013 State Prize for Design.