Personal Details

full name Martti Mikael Mela
nationality Finland
works and lives in Berlin


Universität der Künste Berlin, Oct 2010 – Mar 2011
University of Gothenburg, Valand School of Fine Arts, Sweden, Jun – Aug 2009
M.A. student in Media Lab, Aalto University School of Art and Design Helsinki, Aug 2008 –
M.Sc. (Tech.) in Telecommunications Technology, Department of Electrical and Communications Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology, Jun 2006
– Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing (major)
– Strategy and Communication Systems (personal minor)
MSc student (Tech.), Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Oulu, 1998 – 1999

Selected Works


Lifelife. Lifelife is the SaaS proptech platform that automates residential reletting processes.

2013 Eqviti visualized and listed real estate foreclosure auctions in Germany. The auctions could be easily filtered, browsed, bookmarked and saved in a calendar.


Digital identity for The Finnish Institute. A commissioned work for Mela & Vanamo and Hiljá Studio.
kaikuuu02: a headboard, a lamp and an alarm clock. Designed by Tuula Vitie and me.


Mela & Vanamo concept design studio
– together with architect Jyrki Vanamo
kaikuuu furniture series
– kaikuuu01 (a table and a loudspeaker) is the first product in the series. Designed by Teemu Kurkela, Martti Mela, Päivi Meuronen.
Interior design of a private apartment, Berlin
N.K. Project, Berlin, 27.1 – 27.2.2011
– “Movements in Possible Histories or a Composition for 24 Windows” (with Libero Mureddu, Otto Korkalo)
Open 140 – School of Art and Design since 1871, Design Museum, Helsinki, 12.1 – 27.2.2011
– “Nimetön – Untitled”


Exhibition 99, Gallery im namen des raumes, Berlin, 6. – 31.12.2010
Fenster Front Festival, Berlin 18.8.2010
– sound installation “Untitled (Aug 2010)”
Puun Syy! exhibition, Fiskars, Finland, 17.5. – 26.9.2010
– sound installation “Nimetön – Untitled” integrated into Minimum House (JKMM Architects)
STRAIGHTFORWARD: New Finnish Design, New York, 14.5. – 17.5.2010
– sound installation “Nimetön – Untitled” (integrated to JKMM Architects booth)
Finland Pavilion “Kirnu”, Shanghai World Expo 2010, May – Oct 2010
– permanent sound installation “Nimetön – Untitled” at the entrance ramp
– House Generator (with Markus Bonsdorff), an intelligent DJ with software at the “Cool Café”
Aalto University opening party, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, 8.1.2010
– DJ performance


Listen to the World festival (Kokokaka venue), Gothenburg, Sweden, 2.10.2009
– Automatic DJ performance
Space Alive, Old railroad pit, Rautatienkatu, Helsinki, 14.9.2009
Monumentalateljé, Gothenburg, Sweden, 20.8.2009
– Automatic DJ performance
Argos Young Designers 2009, Stockmann department store, Helsinki, 28.5-6.6.2009
– reactive and generative soundscapes, interactive video installation (with Jaana Björklund)
MUU Galleria, Helsinki, 4.5.2009
– interactive sound installation “Raindance”
Myymälä2, Helsinki, 16.1.2009
– performance with experimental controls for music and visual effects with two Nintendo Wiimotes

2008 – short-term apartment rentals platform in Finland


Sofia-SIP internet telephony suite (within Nokia Research Center)


2012 Arts Council of Finland, project grant
2010 AVEK – The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, project grant
2010 Alfred Kordelin Foundation, project grant
2010 Aalto University School of Art and Design Helsinki, travel grant
2009 University of Art and Design Helsinki, travel grant

Work History

Eqviti, the marketplace for public auctions of real estate in Germany, Founder, Nov 2012 –
Mela & Vanamo concept design studio, Partner, Jun 2011 –
Resonator Helsinki, Partner, Feb 2010 –
– production company and a collective that created the sound art works and music for Finland Pavilion “Kirnu”, Shanghai World Expo 2010
Kipsari Ltd, Vice-chair of Board, Apr 2009 – April 2012
Urbanaani Ltd, Founder, Aug 2008 –
– creative agency for concept and interaction design
Nokia Technology Platforms Helsinki, Senior Software Engineer, Feb 2007 – Aug 2008
Nokia Research Center Helsinki, Research Engineer (2006 – Jan 2007), Assistant Research Engineer (2003-2006), Trainee (2000-2003)
Polyteekkari Magazine Helsinki, Freelance Journalist, 2004-2005
University of Oulu, Centre for Wireless Communications, Research Assistant, 1998-2000
Nokia Mobile Phones Oulu, Trainee, 1996-1998


Mela, M. and Vehmanen, K. and Jalava, T. Method and Apparatus for Utilizing Bluetooth for WLAN Service Authentication and Discovery, US Patent 7,656,847. Feb 2, 2010
Mela, M. and Pessi, P. Streaming Media, US Patent 7,724,691. May 25, 2010

Publications, Awards and Confidential Posts

Student Union of the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Member of Board 2009
Media Lab Study Coordination Team, Member, 2008 – 2010
Nokia Quality Award Finalist (team Sofia-SIP; internet telephony) in Research Category, 2005
Ota-Amnesty, Amnesty International Local Group 30 in Otaniemi, Espoo, Member of Board 2002-2003
Harri Paloheimo and Martti Mela: Real-time Streaming Protocol, in Marko Suoknuuti et al (eds.):
– Mobile Internet Technical Architecture – volume 3: Visions and Implementations, IT Press, 2002
Venture Cup, a national business plan competition, Team Synmetic (conducting plastics)
– awarded (on rounds 1/3 and 2/3) among Ten Best Business Ideas, 2001
Finnish Red Cross, organizer of fund-raising for refugees of Chechnya.
– fund-raising was accomplished by student union of Helsinki University of Technology, Spring 2000

Production Tools

Ableton Live, Adobe Creative Suite, Logic Pro, Quartz Composer, Traktor Pro

Software Development Skills

AJAX, C, C++, CSS, Java, JavaScript, HTML5, Max/MSP, Max4Live, MongoDB, Objective C, Perl, PHP, Pure Data, Shell, SuperCollider, WordPress

Language Proficiency

English (excellent spoken and written)
Finnish (mother tongue)
French (basics)
German (very good)
Swedish (good)