In accordance with the Associations Act, the highest decision-making power of the Ornamo Art and Design Finland is executed at the annual general meeting, where all members have the right to vote. The board, elected by the members, holds executive power.
The practical activities of the Association are the responsibility of Ornamo’s office staff, led by the Executive Director. The company’s operations are based on the strategy and action plan adopted by the Board and the annual general meeting.
Ornamo rules (pdf) (in Finnish)
Ornamo Executive Board
Ornamo’s Executive Board consists of professionals in the fields of art and design who use their diverse expertise to represent the Association’s members and to supervise said members’ interests.
The committees that report to the Board include the committees for professional affairs in the design sector and professional affairs in the arts sector, the committee for professional ethics and the grants committee. The committee for public procurement reports to the committee for professional affairs. Training and competence issues are also dealt with by the committee for professional affairs.
2019 Board members
Hanna-Kaisa Alanen, Chair
Hanna-Kaisa Alanen, an experienced design professional, is a doctoral student of Cognitive Science from the faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä. In her dissertation, she studies the user experience in fashion. Alanen has worked as a concept designer in fashion and furnishings for a number of years.
Merja Inki-Ihamäki is a designer, interior architect and CEO of Profit Interior.
Laura Isoniemi has worked in a vantage point in the design sector for years, including the exhibition Echoes™ – 100 Years in Finnish Design and Architecture, which she devised and produced; she was also a member of its curator team.
Janne Kalliola, student member
Janne Kalliola graduated in spring 2019 from the Institute of Design in Lahti.
Keinänen works at Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd. and is responsible for the development of design expertise and bringing it to international markets. Keinänen has run design offices in Finland and overseas, and he has worked in several design organisations.
Mikko Kutvonen is a designer and lecturer. In his job at Futurice, he focuses on customer experience, organisational culture and the development of digital services.
Heikki Ruoho is an industrial designer, furniture designer and interior architect. Currently he works at ALA Architects.
Niko Räty is a product designer, who works as a design manager specialized in sustainable design. He is also a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki.
The quality of the built environment and urban design are the specialist areas of Mari Siikonen, who works as Design Director at WSP Design Studio.
Päivi Tahkokallio is the CEO of Tahkokallio Design+ Oy and one of the founders of the Arctic Design School. Päivi, who lives in Lapland, is a specialist in strategic design. She developed the concept of Arctic design, as she wanted to make sure that design is part of the sustainable development of the Arctic region. Tahkokallio is the President of the European Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA) for 2019–2021.
Ornamo entrepreneurship division 2016–2018
Members: Oona Colliander, Minna Einiö, Laura Franck, Virva Haltsonen, Hannu Havusto, Hanna Neuvo, Mari Talka
Arts division 2017
Anchoring the position of material-based art into the Finnish arts sector is one of the main goals of the division. It consists of representatives from the fields of arts, textiles and arts and crafts.
Members of the Board of the arts division: Leena Mäki-Patola, Veera Tamminen,
Committee for professional affairs / Arts and arts and crafts
The committee for professional affairs in the arts and arts and crafts sector deals with artists’ contracts, the development of artists’ earnings logic, promotion of the Percent for Art scheme, cooperation with art dealers, artistic entrepreneurship and the preparation of the agreement on remuneration for exhibiting art in state-funded museums.
Members: Samuli Alonen, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Tiia Matikainen, Harri Syrjänen, Annamari Vierikko