Sleek, sculptural, and cozy.
The stackable Yue Chair is made from solid oakwood to reflect Nordic design principles.
The charming aesthetic of solid bentwood. The rear frame of the chair is made of a single piece of curved solid steam-bent oakwood. It's extremely strong but, lightweight easily moved around.
Designed by renowned Finnish designer Mikko Laakkonen. The design of the YUE chair makes a tribute to Chinese traditional calligraphy. YUE chair's top arc design fits the back of the human body. It is created in a graceful line, combining the solid wood bending technic.
The connotation of YUE represents family reunion in the Chinese culture since ancient times.
Mikko Laakkonen (b. 1974) is a Finnish designer specialized in furniture and product design. He studied design at the Kymenlaakso Polytechnic (Bachelors of Arts degree) and at University of Arts and Design Helsinki (Master of Arts degree). Mikko Laakkonen has created products for several clients, including Covo, Selki-Asema, Offecct, Inno and Marimekko.
After graduating as a musical instrument maker, he studied furniture design at Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences and later received his Masters degree from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. After working in design and architecture firms for several years, Mikko founded Studio Mikko Laakkonen in 2004.
The Studio offers product design services, with the main focus on everyday items. Mikko’s designs have been on display in several exhibitions around Europe, the United States, China, and Japan.
He has been awarded a number of international and national prizes, including German Design Award (2017), Turkey Design Award (2016), Reddot design award honorable mention (2016), Chicago Athenaeum's Good Design Award (2016, 2015 & 2010), Muuuz International Awards 2014, Finnish Designer Awards ’14: Furniture Designer Of The Year, Reddot: best of the best design award (2013) Reddot design award (2012), and the Young Designer of the Year prize (2009).
In 2016 Studio Laakkonen has expanded working in the fields of interior design and art direction consulting. This extension was founded to create more holistic solutions and respond better to clients' requests.
Today, Studio Laakkonen works with a variety of brands and clients from all around the world.
We believe that every project is different, and strive to find a tailored solution that combines both the client’s needs and our expertise in design. Our focus is to create unique, insightful items for everyday use.