He was born in Lieksa, Finland in 1975. He lives and works in Helsinki, his studio in a renovated coffee shop in the Töölö district.
The Mika Tolvanen Studio produces designs for furniture, lighting and products.
Tolvanen describes his projects as, “My designs are function-oriented. My products are for use, but this does not mean that they cannot also be beautiful. I do not have a dogma, but I believe that good design stems from the comprehension of materials and a desire to improve how they work. An object can have a complex range of functions but it shouldn’t be complicated”.