Mikko Kalhama

Graduated with two MAs, Art History and Culture Studies, Mikko Kalhama has built his career in the design industry. "My education consists in two MAs, one for Art history and other one for Cultural studies. In both areas I have specialized in design issues trying to understand the representations in contemporary design. I have also studied widely abroad at York University in Canada, Lund University in Sweden and in Rome."
Since 2006, he has been the CEO of Design Forum Finland, organization playing a major role in the international development and promotion of Finnish design.
His Passion for contemporary art and his belief that an artist can find interesting innovations and ideas in the field of arts at the very beginning brought him into a new project. In joint venture with Antti Piippo and his wife, he founded Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary showing and promoting both established and emerging international contemporary artists.


How would you describe a typical day in your life?

Due to my responsibilities and tasks as CEO, each day is different. My position gives the opportunity to participate to a large range of activities from attending conferences and giving speeches to developing projects for the promotion of Finnish design.
On the other hand, my personal life is more structured with a family life. I have two children which require a certain routine. The rest of my time is committed to my favorite activities like climbing or cooking. The evening coming, I enjoy reading a book and heating our wooden sauna.

A word about Hygge? How do you feel wearing a Hygge watch?

Now, after wearing Hygge for few months I have established a relationship with it. I appreciate its design which is clean and considered. I have found that Hygge is suitable for many different occasions - I can wear it at work just like at leisure time on my own. For me, this flexibility is a sign of good design.

What are your next projects?

I will dedicate myself to many projects and travel from Europe to Asia and even Africa, with the purpose of promoting Finnish design abroad.