Pertuu Mentula Finnish architect and interior designer

Perttu Mentula featured image
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Perttu Mentula was a Finnish architect and interior, exhibition, product, graphic, and furniture designer.

Career Summary

Between 1958-60, studied Taideteollinen Korkeakoulu, Helsinki. 1958-60, he was active as an interior and product designer in the offices of Antti Nurmesniemi and Timo Sarpaneva, and of Toivo Korkonen and Reino Lamminsoila, all Helsinki; 1960-77, was active in his design studio; 1964-77, was a designer for Wartsila Shipyards, Helsinki; from 1977, was director of Studio Perttu Mentula Oy. 

In 1970 and 1978-80, he was a board member, Ornamo (Federation of Industrial Arts), Helsinki; from 1974, member, Fine Art Commission, Helsinki Festival; 1978-80, chair, SIO (Interior Architects Society), Helsinki; 1978, member, Representational Arts Commission; 1978, member, Idea Group; 1981- 83, vice-president, International Federation of Interior Designers; from 1981, executive committee and organizing committee, Design 81 Congress; 1981, coordinator, D’81 Creative Group; from 1982, design manager, Keriland Project, Kerimaki. Designs included 1971-74 Ringside hanging chairs, Rs 656 by Avitom, and 1961 sauna stool.

Recognition

He received 1963 first and second prizes, Export Furniture Com­petition, Helsinki; silver medal, 1964 (XIII) Triennale di Milano; two awards, International Lighting Competition, Tokyo; first prize, Scandinavian Environment and Furniture Competition, Copenhagen; first prize, Community Development Competition, Kerimaki. Appointed honorary member, AIPI (Italian Interior Archi­tects Assoc.). His work was shown at 1966 ‘Total Environment,’ Finnish design Center, Helsinki; 1975 ‘Uniform-Project,’ Milan; 1977 W od and Textile,’ Savonlinna Opera Festival; 1980 ‘Finnish Design’, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki.

A selection of his work

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