Finnish chair takes top honours

GradaUPM Grada material is based on new technology

The ON series of chairs, made of UPM Grada and designed by Tapio Anttila, have been awarded the prestigious Interior Innovation Award 2014.

The ON product family is a result of collaboration between Finnish furniture manufacturer Pedro and designer Tapio Anttila.

The ON chairs have received recognition for their design and functionality ever since the introduction of the series.

The Interior Innovation Award is awarded by the German Design Council for first-class innovative achievement in interior furnishing.

UPM Grada material is based on new technology which allows the wood panel to be formed with heat and pressure.

The UPM Grada panel is designed specifically for easy and efficient manufacturing of form pressed components.

Pedro is a Finnish manufacturer of design furniture featuring Tapio Anttila as the head designer.

Pedro is also a leading manufacturer of special furniture and has supplied furniture to some of the world’s largest cruise ships.
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Snowbird – New Finnish airline



A new Finnish airline will take to the skies this spring. Snowbird will mainly focus on B2B charter flights, especially for travel organisers, travel agencies and other companies. Charter flights are a growing business without significant competition in Northern Europe.

— The idea to start an airline came from the desire to create a new Finnish growth company in an industry that is clearly at a turning point and in need of renewal. Finland needs an airline to meet growing travel demand. Our main competitive advantages on the market are flexibility and know-how. We are not creating yet another budget airline; instead, we are seeking growth through sustainable and responsible business principles, CEO Marja Aalto explains.

Snowbird is supported by the sales and marketing company Lumilintu Oy, which will distribute the products of small-scale producers for in-flight and retail sales.

The airline is expected to begin operations before summer, and information on the first destinations will be released in February–March. The flights will be operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft, initially in co-operation with a partner.

The visual concept for Snowbird, Finland’s newest airline, was created by designer Sami Wirkkala.
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