Johanna Vuorio is an entrepreneur and CEO of Nikari. Her studies included various subjects from international design business management and wood technology to classical singing in Finland, Great Britain, Italy and United States. Vuorio graduated from Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto) in 1999 and collaborated with professor Yrjö Kukkapuro at a furniture business Avarte for the next decade. She got a possibility to become a part of the story of the Finnish wood design company Nikari in 2009, when she was appointed the managing director. In 2010 Vuorio became the major shareholder of Nikari, following the founder, award-winning master cabinet maker Kari Virtanen.
Today Vuorio’s idea is to cherish the strong Nikari philosophy of combining high quality craftsmanship with contemporary design and sustainable values – something that, in her own words “can be an inspiring example of an ultramodern, meaningful furniture production”. Vuorio works for keeping the local craftsmanship skills alive by providing traineeship possibilities for young cabinet maker apprentices at the company workshop. Nikari is collaborating with international designers such as Jasper Morrison, Louise Campbell, Alfredo Häberli, Harri Koskinen and Nao Tamura, publishing new products on a frequent basis. The studio–workshop of the business is running on 100% sustainable energy from the local hydro power plant in Fiskars.