Eero Miettinen graduated from the Helsinki University of Art and Design in 1980 with a degree in industrial design. After graduation, he has worked as a designer for the Finnish automotive industry and in high-tech companies. Miettinen began his career in 1980 at Sisu Auto, where he designed heavy vehicles, industrial tractors and trucks. When working as a Chief Designer at Saab-Valmet, now known as Valmet Automotive, Miettinen focused on designing passenger cars, creating concepts and model year designs for convertibles, etc., with his team. Miettinen left the automotive industry in 1998 to work as Group Design Director at Nokia. From 2009, he has worked as the CEO of his own company, Suomen Muototoimisto.
Eero Miettinen’s prolific career as an industrial designer has been widely recognized. Miettinen was chosen as the Industrial Designer of the Year in 1994 (The Finnish Association of Industrial Designers), and he was awarded the Kaj Franck Design Prize by Design Forum Finland in 2001. In 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Helsinki University of Technology. Throughout his career, Miettinen has maintained close ties with academia. He has taught at the Helsinki University of Art and Design and the Helsinki University of Technology for over 20 years, and has given lectures at several universities abroad. Currently, Miettinen is a Professor at the Department of Design at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Sketches of Sisu trucks by Eero Miettinen have been donated to the Design Archives.