Bored of seeing more of the same Brian Keaney established the Finnish Design company Tonfisk Design in 1999to market and produce objects which are not mere variations.
Their philosophy from the very beginning ‘forms follows function doesn’t mean all objects have to look the same’ is built on Louis Sullivan's functionalist dictum. It describes best their design philosophy. Tonfisk products are created with a vision of not producing yet another shape but a whole new idea. That is what they see as a core value of both Finnish and Scandinavian design.
From Brian Keaney (co-founder and Managing Director)
"Tonfisk means ‘tuna fish’ in Swedish. The name was chosen late one Finnish winter night because no other name seemed to fit the values of the company - innovative, personal, Finnish. ‘Tonfisk’ didn’t seem to either at the time but we liked it. Funnily nowadays it seems to fit just right!
Tonfisk Design started out on the appropriately named Finnish street Lemuntie (Stinky Road) in Helsinki but in 2007 moved to Finland’s Turku where it continues to be based. Its products have been featured in numerous magazines, books and exhibitions. It products are in the collections of several museums included Les Art decoratifs in Paris."
Until 2012 all Tonfisk’s ceramics were produced at our own factory in Turku, Finland. However in 2012 the production has been moved to a small factory in China owned by Mr. Lu. Utilising this small factory in China has allowed them to offer a price that allows Tonfisk to find a place in more homes around the world, whilst maintaining their high quality.