Nikari's Koti bench, designed by Laura Mattila and Mikko Merz in 2017, is a lovely wooden seat whose minimalist design fits into a wide range of interiors. The Koti bench was originally designed for the Finnish Cultural Institute in Paris as part of an installation created in celebration of Finland's 100th anniversary: made of birch and named after the Finnish word for “home”, Koti benches were used in a Finnish cottage village built inside the institute’s facilities, located right in the heart of Paris.

The Koti bench also has a special place in Nikari’s own history, as the company celebrated its 50th anniversary that same year. The Koti bench is part of the esteemed brand’s Storia collection, launched in honour of the occasion, whose pieces tell their own stories about the Nordic handicraft tradition.

Nikari products are made in Finland using only certified wood.


Koti bench, 116 x 30 x 45 cm, birch



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116 cm
30 cm
45 cm

Mattila & Merz

Mattila & Merz is a Finnish architect and design agency founded by Laura Mattila (born 1984) and Mikko Merz (born 1975). Based in both Helsinki and Fiskars, the duo specialises in wood, creating products, furniture, spaces or buildings in which wood is often the main material. Whether designing wooden furniture for brands such as Nikari or the interiors of restaurants in Helsinki, the work of Mattila & Merz is characterised by simplicity, timelessness and respect for history and traditions.

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