Jonas Hakaniemi is based in Jyväskylä, where he founded his own company in 2009 and works with a wide variety of design projects. Hakaniemi graduated from Lahti University of Applied Sciences in spring 2009. Before studying, he worked at an advertising agency, printing house and a newspaper. In his future projects he aims to concentrate especially on furniture and product design. He has participated in various group exhibitions and design fairs, including Finnish Glass Lives 6 (Riihimäki, 2010), Vepsäläinen at Habitare (Helsinki, 2009), Muodolla on väliä! (Jyväskylä, 2009), Design House Stockholm (Milan, 2009), 1:1 prototypes at Artek (Helsinki, 2009), Forma-exhibition (Helsinki, 2009), Muodolla on väliä! (Jyväskylä, 2008), Arjen ilme at Artek (Helsinki, 2008), Vepsäläinen at Habitare (Helsinki, 2007), and That´s design, Super Studio 13 (Milan, 2007). Jonas tells: “When I create something, I always put my thoughts on paper first and I draw a lot. Making mock-ups and prototypes, as well as hobby crafts, helps a lot also. I think my strength is versatility. Contrasts and opposites are interesting, and they often inspire the best work.”
Box Light is a lamp hidden away in a box, to be drawn out and exposed – a light adjusted with the touch of a hand. The concept dates back to 2005, when Hakaniemi created a cheap, recyclable lamp by installing a small LED light into a matchbox. Developing the idea further, he displayed the Box Light prototype at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2007, and subsequently Design House Stockholm began to produce it. Box Light, an aluminum box with a white plastic shade, comes in black and gray. Energy saving CFL bulb is included.