A Talk with Janne Kyttanen

Janne Kyttanen is a Finnish conceptual artist and designer who is best known for work in design for 3D printing.

His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries all over the world.

Let's ask him some questions to discover more about his background and vision! ;)


S: Where were you born, and how was the 10 years old Janne?

J: I was born in Hameenlinna, Finland. When I was a kid I was a crazy busy creative boy running around building things with everything I was finding around me.


S: What did you study and where?

J: I studied industrial design at Elisava in Barcelona and at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.


S: - When you realized that being a designer/artist was your path?

J: It happened very early on. My mom was a fashion designer and she transferred me some inspirations and feed my ideas. I started by having my own fashion collection when I was 10.


S: Which was the event or who was the person that leaded you to discover you talent?

J: I think its all a natural evolution. My parents are very liberal and fuel creativity and freedom. So for me everything happened very naturally and with no stress.


S: Who is your inspiration or role model?

J: I have many inspirations and role models and I try to stay as much curious as I can, but if I had to put some people on the pedestal it would be Elon Musk and Richard Branson.


S: When you design where do you find your inspiration? Do you have any kind of muse or particular habit while designing?

J: Actually it all really comes to me very naturally. I never need to push anything. 


S: Do you have a favorite quote or motto in life?

J: Freedom of creation, which was also the name of my first company.


S: Which is your creative secret?

J: I have no secrets. I am an open book.


S: Which tools were you using at the beginning of your career and which ones are you using now?

J: I used 3D software in my early teens. I am still on the same path.


S: Which of your projects do you think represents you the most or is your favorite?

J: I can't choose a favorite from my kids :)


S: Have you ever had to face a challenging moment in your career and if yes how did you face it?

J: Getting uncomfortable is the only way to learn something new. I try my best to stay foolish and get uncomfortable all the time, even though it gets tougher the older you get.


S: You had a very innovative vision and built up a very successful career, what can you tell to the young generation of designers?

J: First of all I would recommend to learn the skill of listening and asking questions, to be curious and hungry but also stay true to your vision and trust your gut feeling. But if at any given time a concept doesn’t work, don’t get emotionally connected to your work. If something doesn’t work, accept it as fast as possible and move on learning from your mistakes.


S: Which is your vision for the next 10 years?

J: What the future. I am on a mission to design startups in the same speed as designing products.