- Tuija Asta Järvenpää is a Finnish interior architect and artist specializing in conceptual architecture and design.She was born 1968 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, went to schools in Finland with priorities in visual arts.
At the age of 17 made an AFS -exchange year in The Netherlands,where she took courses in product design and crafts. After in Finland she finished her high school 1988 with diploma also in ceramics and followed a courses in artesian crafts and design for 2 years. From 1990-1995 she studied industrial design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.The unsustainable ethics of industrial production took her interest from product design practice to working for aesthetic environment with other means. From 1995 on she has been active in Helsinki operating vastly within the cultural fields; with artists, designers, architects, musicians, writers, dancers, actors...During 1995-2005 she cocreated several site-specific installations and happenings,
challenging the notions of urban environmental and social issues e.g. FINNISH SUSHI BAR FISH, LIGHTBAR, SILENCE, RUSAKKO INDEPENDENT.At 2002 she was invited to Casino Luxembourg to follow the master course on urbanism and art in public space by Joep van Lieshout and Claude Closky. After in 2003 she was invited to make a site specific work for City of Paris. BOUDOIR DE PARIS -performance for a public space was born. Her experience with site specific installations and happenings made her a sought after architect particularly or large contemporary art exhibitions e.g. ART FAIR SUOMI, MUU18V. PARTY IN EVERY ROOM.In 2005 the DISPOSABLE WEDDING GOWN had its premier. Being here response to the disposable culture encouraged by the industrial design practice. The gown reached American tour and got a lot of attention. The printed 1:1 size PAPER CHRISTMAS TREE made in 2007, was an other statement, now on the material circulation and growth forests.Her interest in the materials and and their relationship to ecology sustainability has come along since her industrial design studies. She teaches material knowledge for interior design student and works as a freelance interior architect offering sustainable solutions for her clients.