On October 9, 2023 we celebrate ISKU 95th Anniversary – a tribute to 95 years of shaping excellence in design. For nearly a century, ISKU has not only been a leader in furniture design but also in sustainability. We take pride in our commitment to responsible forestry and eco-friendly manufacturing practices. Our dedication to the environment ensures that each ISKU piece is not just a symbol of style but also a testament to our commitment to a cleaner planet. Step into a world where design is more than just aesthetics – it’s an art form that has stood the test of time. Join us in celebrating this remarkable milestone.

Finnish Family Business since 1928

We take pride in being a 100 percent family-owned business with a remarkable 95-year journey behind us. ISKU’s inception in 1928 by Eino Vikström in Lahti, Finland, set the stage for our enduring legacy. Today, ISKU is carried forward by the third generation of the Vikström family, with the fourth generation actively working in the company. Our factory remains located in Lahti and is one of Europe’s most advanced furniture manufacturing facilities.

In line with the visionary spirit of its founder, ISKU continues to embrace our passion for environmentally friendly production and sustainable solutions today. By its very nature, a family business builds its operations for future generations and does not compromise on sustainability for the sake of short-term profits.

ISKU Story

1920 – 1940 | From Biedermeier style to functional clear-lined design.

In the early decades of the 20th century, manufacturing was based on sketches, and for example, the correct dryness of the wood was often determined by knocking and listening to the sound of it. This highlighted the importance of excellent carpentry skills.
In the 20s and early 30s, furniture was often bought as a set for a certain space, such as a dining room. Alongside the decorative Biedermeier style, a new, more linear style started to become ever more popular. Alvar Aalto’s and other Finnish design classics paved the way for functionalism in Finland. Furniture followed the artistic trends of the era but was at the same time durable and practical.
During the decade of the Second World War, the company adapted its operations and supplied for example coffins, boxes for the transportation of goods, and caskets for ammunition for the Finnish military.

1950 – 1960 | Modern elegance and a harmonious blend of form and function.

The 50s was a time of a modern and light furniture style. Finnish design became ever more interesting with its simplicity and Finland gained fame around the world for its award-winning masterpieces.
This was a time of strong growth for ISKU as well. As the company had previously mainly made hard, wooden furniture, the new sofas, armchairs, and school furniture required new working methods and production departments. The new factory was established in Mukkula, Lahti where it is still located. Growth also required the construction of a wider, own store network.
In the 60s interest in Finnish design kept growing considerably. The furniture was characterized by sleek lines with a strong emphasis on functionality and adaptability, reflecting the influence of mid-century modern design principles.

1970 – 1980 | A groovy journey towards the age of stylish elegance. 

Back in the 70s Finnish furniture embraced a blend of bold colors, unconventional shapes, and a playful spirit. This era was marked by the adventurous use of geometric patterns and unconventional shapes that added a touch of groovy charm to any interior.
The stylish 80s is remembered as a decade where Finnish furniture design embraced a timeless elegance that still resonates today. Clean lines, rich textures, and a sense of understated luxury characterized this era.

1990 – 2000 | Eco-consciousness and the rise of technological innovation.

The 90s marked a shift towards more inviting and nature-inspired interiors. Design saw a return to nature and more organic forms and materials. The era emphasized comfort and homeliness, sustainability aspects, and blending modernity with a touch of tradition. Office spaces were designed to enhance employee comfort and efficiency, with adjustable ergonomic furniture becoming more common. The rise of mobile devices and wireless technology allowed for more adaptable work arrangements.
The 2000s witnessed a fusion of modern minimalism and technological innovation. Clean lines, simplicity, and functionality remained central, with cutting-edge technology being integrated into furniture and interiors.  Sustainability and eco-consciousness started to play an increasingly significant role, with designers and customers embracing eco-friendly materials and production processes.

2010 – 2020 | Modern Nordic elegance meets sustainability and functionality.

In 2010 continued a tradition of creating spaces that celebrate simplicity and harmony. Our design emphasized timeless elegance, craftsmanship, and quality and continued to reflect our commitment to eco-friendly practices and materials. Natural materials like birch and oak graced interiors, giving them warmth and bringing them closer to nature.
Flexibility and adaptability in furniture and interior layouts became important, reflecting changing lifestyles, working cultures, and the need for multifunctional spaces. The era also witnessed even more seamless integration of technology, making homes, schools, and workplaces smarter and more efficient.

2023 – | International ISKU invites you to co-author our journey to a centennial milestone

ISKU, firmly rooted in Finland, has blossomed into an international company that spans continents. In our operations, tradition meets innovation, and global reach meets local needs. We invite our esteemed partners and customers to join us in co-authoring the upcoming chapter as we progress towards our centennial milestone. Together, we will continue to pave the way and craft a future to leave our value-based legacy with sustainability in our DNA.

Funkis – Discover the 1976 Icon

In celebration of ISKU’s 95-year journey, we are thrilled to reintroduce Funkis, the design masterpiece by Raimo Räsänen from 1976. The original product line even included a sofa. Funkis remains a timeless classic, with enduring examples still in use today, including the Hollola Town Hall.

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Join our journey by subscribing to our ISKU Design News and win Tuoli 53!

Born in the vibrant design landscape of the 1950s, chair Tuoli 53 has stood the test of time, becoming a symbol of mid-century modern design and a testament to ISKU’s commitment to excellence.

With its clean lines and timeless elegance Tuoli 53 embodies the spirit of innovation and creativity that defined the era when it was created. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail and high-quality materials, it remains a shining example of ISKU’s dedication to quality and durability.

As ISKU celebrates its anniversary, Tuoli 53 stands as a tribute to the company’s enduring commitment to timeless design and a symbol of nostalgia for those who appreciate the beauty of mid-century modern classics. Be part of the celebration and take your chance at winning Tuoli 53 by signing up to our newsletter through the subscription form below. The winner will be notified by the ISKU Team after the random selection process is complete.