Riku Toivonen is Finnish furniture and product designer based in London. Riku graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in summer 2019. In his practice Riku tries to explore and question the norms of human behaviour and how we interact with objects and products in everyday life. Riku’s goal is to solve the problems of everyday life with a touch of humour and thereby making life better. In product design Riku aspires to create functional, aesthetic as well as long-lasting and timeless products considering the challenges of today. Finnish culture as well as Riku’s background as a wood artisan can be seen in his design.
Kipinä – a Spark: Kipinä, meaning a spark in Finnish, explores primitive and historical ways of making and controlling fire and how those methods and interactions can be brought into modern lighting. Through these approaches I am exploring the controlling of light through unusual but intuitive and playful ways. Fire has played a big role in my life. I’ve spent most of my summers on a small island in an ascetic Finnish summer house with no electricity. Fire for me means a source of light, celebration of light. Kipinä – product family consist four different approaches and prototypes all inspired by fire.