Markku Salo (b. 1954) is a Finnish designer who graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1979. Markku Salo is a bold and experimental glass artist. His glass works in serial production are characterized by disciplined functionality, unembellished beauty, and designs that work from a production standpoint.
Markku Salo has sought extra spice for his career as a glass designer by moonlighting in graphics, ceramics, and even electronics. Markku Salo has his own gallery in Nuutajärvi Glass Village, where his works are made using handicrafted glassblowing techiniques. Markku Salo has also worked for renowned companies such as Arabia and Iittala. For Arabia Markku Salo has designed the Kayak bowl, an art product made of resplendent white bone china. The statuesque beauty of Kayak brings a classic dimension to the meal – this is a utility object that your eye will not tire of. Markku Salo designs both serial products and unique pieces, all characterized by elegance and beauty. The Georg Jensen award in 1990 and the State Industrial Arts Award in 1989 are examples of the recognition Markku Salo has received. Markku Salo’s works are represented in numerous museums worldwide such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland, the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden and the Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts in Göteborg, Sweden.