The word pidät has three meanings in Finnish - “You hold. You like. & You keep.”
Mika & Julie Tolvanen founded their design office Studio Tolvanen in 2015. Mika is a Finnish designer who grew up in a North Karelian village. He graduated from London’s Royal College of Art in 2001, received the Bruno Mathsson Prize in 2012, and was named Finnish Furniture Designer of the Year in 2017. Julie is an American designer who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She studied architecture, worked for 10 years as a woodworker, and moved to Finland in 2009 to get a masters degree in furniture design. They design products for residential & contract use from their studio & workshop on Lauttasaari island in Helsinki, Finland. Hobbies include birdwatching & kayaking.