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Ateljé Sotamaa is an international design and architecture studio, founded by brother and sister Kivi Sotamaa & Tuuli Sotamaa.

 

We exist in a web of connections over which ideas and expertise are exchanged and spread, and from which game-changing innovation emerges. For each project we build a tailored team to meet the special needs of our clients. 

 

Our work benefits from years of design research conducted at institutions such as the UCLA Architecture & Urban Design, ADD Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory, The Ohio State University and the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Ocean North.

We are driven by a fascination with sensation, how people experience design. In order to make experiences seamless the studio designs projects holistically, across scale and media.

We have realized buildings, interiors, exhibition architectures, public sculptures, and products. We have over one hundred different lighting, and furniture in production. 

In addition to design work we have curated exhibitions, and organised over 50 international events for cultural institutions, companies, and universities in order to contribute to international design culture, and discourse.

Between the two of us, we have 35 years of experience in complex, high profile, culturally significant projects. We have worked with renown museums, cultural institutions and corporations as well as private clients.

We do our work, we do it in time, and within budget. We are always personally involved in whatever work we undertake. 

Selected clients

 

IVA The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering

Ultima

Fazer

Finpro/Business Finland

Finnjävel

Muru Dining 

Grand Champagne

Hanaholmen Swedish Finnish Cultural Center

Academic Bookstore 

Stockmann 

Aalto University

ADD Aalto Digital Design Laboratory

The Design Museum Helsinki

The Barbican Center

Fondazione Trussardi

21 st Century Museum for Contemporary Art

Wexner Center for the Arts

Marimekko

Art and Design City Arabianranta

Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Publications

 

ark review, The New York Times, The London Times, Phaidon 10X10 Architects 1, Phaidon 10X10 Architects 2, International Design Yearbook, The Interview Magazine Ottagono, Domus, Interni, CA Press, PRAXIS 6, PEN Japan, AD Architectural Design, New Scandinavian Design, 40/40 Finnish Architects, Forum, L’ARCA, Hybrid Space, Blueprint, AA Files, Kauppalehti, Helsingin Sanomat, Muoto, Finnish Design Yearbook, LOG 13, Wood With A Difference catalogue, All Design Magazine, Pro Interior, Nexus Architecture and Mathematics, Innovation, Developing Digital Architecture, The Fashion of Architecture, Tank, Kenchiku Bunka, Archis. 

Exhibitions 

 

Canadian Center for Architecture CCA, Museum of Modern Art MoMA New York, The Venice Architecture Biennale, The Venice Art Biennale, Vitra Design Museum, Chicago Art Institute, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Kiasma, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Center for Architecture NY, San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art, Busan Biennale, Steirischer Herbst, Kiasma, National Building Museum Washington DC, Wexner Centre for Arts, Architecturverein Tirol, Forum Kultur und Wissenschaft Germany, American Museum of Natural History, Architectural Association, Henie Onstad Art Center, Artist Space NY, XIII Bienal de Santiago de Chile, Vitra Design Museum.