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Anniina Koivu

Contributor and Co-Editor TLmag35: Tactile / Textile / Texture

Anniina Koivu is a design writer, curator, consultant and teacher, who divides her time between Milan and Lausanne. She works across a number of fields, from curation to art direction, product development, and editorial and research projects, which she develops for clients such as Kvadrat, Iittala, Vitra, Camper and the Shorefast Foundation of Fogo Island.

Her latest publication is Vico Magistretti: Stories of Objects (Triest/Ecal, 2020), the result of an investigation of the little-considered moment in the lifespan of design products when production stop, with a focus on the reasons that lead up to this end of the design object. She wrote the comprehensive monograph on Ronanand Erwan Bouroullec Works (Phaidon, 2011) and has edited and contributed to a number of publications such as Materialising Colour: Journeys with Giulio Ridolfo (Phaidon, 2020), Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, 2019), BIG-GAME: Everyday Objects (Lars Müller Publishers, 2019), Industrial Facility (Phaidon, 2018), Arita 2016/ (Phaidon, 2017), The Walking Society (Lars Müller Publishers, 2015) and Pierre Charpin’s Entre Les Vases (Birkhäuser, 2009), among others. Serving as editor-in-chief, Anniina launched the first print issue of Interwoven (Kvadrat, 2020), an (online) magazine on contemporary culture and independent criticism.

Among her recent curatorial works are Tehdas–Fabrik–Factory (Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale, 2019), an exhibition exploring the diversity of contemporary design production, and Typologie: the wine bottle and the cork stopper (Milan, 2019). She has been a speaker, moderator and juror at international design competitions and events. She is also Head of Master Theory at ECAL/ University of Art and Design Lausanne.