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Janne Kyttanen

Janne Kyttanen (born March 13, 1974) is a Finnish designer and conceptual artist, best known for his pioneering work with design for 3D printing.


Kyttanen was born in Hameenlinna, Finland. He commenced his design studies at the Escola De Disseny, Elisave in Barcelona in 1996, before moving to the Netherlands and graduating from The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the year 2000. During his studies Kyttanen discovered 3D printing and envisioned a future in which products would be scaled down into digital files, their distribution becoming as simple as downloading music from the internet. Kyttanen’s vision for the future of 3D printing was so clear that he decided to focus solely on creating products using digital technologies. In the year 2000, Kyttanen founded Freedom of Creation, a pioneering agency specializing in design for 3D printing. Leading a team of design and innovation experts, Kyttanen created a portfolio of acclaimed and awarded designs for the Freedom of Creation brand. Notably, Kyttanen was the first designer to commercialize high volume 3D printed products including creating the world’s first 3D printed lights, shoes and gradient structures. In collaboration with Jiri Evenhuis, Kyttanen made the world’s first fully functional 3D printed dress in the year 2000. In collaboration with Freshfiber Kyttanen created the Macedonia smartphone case in 2010 – this product was the highest selling 3D printed consumer product to date at the conclusion of 2010. Kyttanen has several patents pending, covering pioneering designs.

Kyttanen’s work has been extensively exhibited and integrated into permanent design collections at leading galleries and museums around the world. Such museum collections include MOMA, FIT, MAD and the Vitra Design Museum. In 2011 Freedom of Creation BV was acquired by 3D Systems Corporation, providing Kyttanen with access to the world’s most innovative, cutting edge software, materials and technology. Kyttanen has designed award winning 3D printers for 3D Systems including the Cube ® which has won a variety of awards including the American Technology Award (ATA) for outstanding achievement in Technology Manufacturing and Japan’s prestigious Good Design Award in 2013.

Kyttanen is now Creative Director for 3D Systems, the largest specialized 3D printing company in the world.


Best New Comer Award 100% Design, 2003

Best New Exhibitor Award 100% Design, 2005

Red Dot Design winner, Lily.MGX lamp, 2005

Interior Innovation Award Cologne, 2006

Young Designer of the Year, Finland Forum, 2007

Cristal International, Best Cyber/Viral (ASICS Sportstyle Left/Right campaign), 2009

EuroBest, Best use of social media – Bronze (ASICS Sportstyle Left/Right campaign), 2009

ADCN, Integrated – Silver (Onitsuka Tiger/Electric Tigerland campaign), 2009

Meribel Ad Festival, Integrated – Crystal award(Onitsuka Tiger/Electric Tigerland campaign), 2008

Dutch Design Awards, Winner Brand and Strategy (Onitsuka Tiger/Electric Tigerland campaign), 2008

Cannes, Cyber Lion – Silver (Onitsuka Tiger/Electric Tigerland campaign), 2008

American Technology Award, Cube ®, 2012

KAPi Kids at Play award, Cube ®, 2013

Good Design Award (Japan Institute of Design Promotion), Cube ®, 2013


Lily.MGX lamp:MoMA (NY, USA), Museum of Arts and Design (NY, USA), Design Museo

(Helsinki, Finland), Hangaram Art Museum (Seoul, South Korea)

Lost Luggage: Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

1597 lamp: Museum of Arts and Design (NY, USA)

Drape Dress: Museum at FIT (NY, USA)

Punchbag: MoMA (NY, USA)


Design Miami (Miami, USA), 2014

Design Art, 15 Years VIVID, 2014 (Rotterdam, Netherlands), 2014

SHOEting Stars, KunstHausWien (Vienna, Austria), 2014

Art Basel (Basel, Switzerland), 2014

Edinburgh International Science Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), 2014

Out of Hand, Museum of Arts and Design (New York, USA), 2013

Fashion and Technology, Museum at FIT (New York, USA), 2012

DHUB, Museu Del Disseny De Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), 2010

The State of Things, Design Museum Holon (Holon, Israel), 2010

Repeat Please, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2009

Sauma, Design Museum Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland), 2008

Design and the Elastic Mind, MoMA (New York, USA), 2008


Kyttanen’s work has been published in leading specialist design and mainstream publications including Wallpaper, Surface, Elle Décor, Casa Vogue, Financial Times, Time Magazine, Wired and The Huffington Post.