Yki Nummi was one of the most significant Scandinavian lighting designers in the 1950s and 1970s. He was in many ways a talented artist and designer who designed all household goods.
After the war Nummi first studied mathematics and physics at university. In addition to this, he graduated as a decorative painter at the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1950. Based on his education he had a solid theoretical knowledge of light and the relationship between light and color.
Yki Nummi worked as a lighting designer at the Stockmann-Orno factory from 1950 to 1975 and designed hundreds of luminaires there. The most famous Nummi lamps in the world are the Modern Art table lamp 1955, which was also acquired by the New York Museum of Contemporary Art as a novelty in its collections in 1957, and the Seagull pendant lamp from 1960.
In addition to lighting and luminaire design, Nummi was a respected color expert. He was responsible for the coloring of several major public buildings, churches and residential areas in Finland.
Nummi also worked for Schildt & Hallberg's Tikkurila paint factory, where he managed the factory's coloring service from 1958 to 1975. In this role, he participated in the product development of an innovative color mixing system, which resulted in the Joker color chart.
Nummi participated in many exhibitions and fairs. At the Milan Triennials in 1954 and 1957, his work was awarded a gold medal. In 1971, Yki Nummi was awarded the ProFinlandia Prize.
Furniture-, textile - and interior designer (1907-1989)
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PROFESSOR, INTERIOR ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER
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