Yrjo Kukkapuro

库卡波罗教授在很早以前就已是公司的首席设计师。
他的设计反映出他对古典及现代建筑空间及其功能的感知和理解。家具设计是对建筑的补充,它应被整合进建筑空间而又不应凌驾于建筑之上。阿旺特和库卡波罗教授总是和建筑师紧密合作,尽管他的许多作品在最初是针对某一环境设计、测试并制造,但这些作品的大部分被证明适用于其他相类似的工程项目。这也许要归因于产品的普遍通用性,它们很少体现一种特别风格或时代特征。
一些产品也会被制造成不同版本以适应许多公共建筑。库卡波罗师从伊尔玛利·塔比瓦拉和奥利·伯格,他们教会他功能主义的实践意义,年轻的库卡波罗也非常遵从于他们的学识和达观。后来他成为赫尔辛基艺术设计大学的校长和教授,在教学中,他继续思考和表达他的功能主义思想。他的表现形式基于简洁明了的风格,着重于考虑材料本身的自然外观和特性。这些设计工作的成果是如此完美的整体,因为它们所表现的功能性正是它们的核心。这恰恰符合库卡波罗关于避免设计中多余的拟人化表现和夸张表现的观点。
库卡波罗教授是北欧当代最著名的设计大师之一,在国际设计界享有崇高声誉,曾获国际、国内20余项设计大奖。他是第一个将人体工学引入椅子设计的设计师,作品卡路赛利椅(Karuselli)更以舒适的功能而被联合国产品管理组织评定为「20世纪最重要的99件设计」之一。库卡波罗的设计风格一直被誉为简洁、洗练、秀美、架构暴露,没有多余的装饰,这种风格成了当代北欧简约主义设计的典范。


Professor Kukkapuro has been the company's principal designer from the very beginning.
His designs reflect an awareness of space and its function, be it the space of classical or modern buildings. Furniture has been designed by making it complement the architecture of the building, by making it assimilate with the space without dominating it. Avarte and Kukkapuro often work in close co-operation with architects. Even though many products have originally been designed, tested and manufactured for a certain environment, many of them have proven appropriate for other corresponding projects. This may result from the universality of the products and the fact that they seldom point to any specific style or era.
Some products have also been manufactured in different versions suitable for many public facilities. Kukkapuro studied under Ilmari Tapiovaara and Olli Borg who taught him the practical meaning of functionalism, and young Kukkapuro greatly respected their wisdom and philosophy. Later he became the principal and professor of the University of Industrial Arts, and in his teaching he continued and expressed his functional thinking. His form language is based on a simple, clear and often imposing functionality which takes into account materials and their natural formal aspects as well. The outcomes of the design work are perfect wholes precisely because functionality in all its manifestations is their core. This is appropriate for Kukkapuro who wishes to avoid excessive personification and who does not want to present hyperbolic views about design, either.