MERIVAARA CORPORATION TO RECEIVE FENNIA PRIZE GRAND PRIX
Fennia Prize is one of the most notable design competitions in Finland. It is organized by Design Forum Finland, Fennia Group, Elo and the Finnish Patent and Registration Office. In the competition companies and organizations are awarded for exemplary use of design in both designing and realizing products, services, business processes or concepts.
Fennia Prize Grand Prix of 2017, €10,000, went to Merivaara Corporation, known for its operating room systems and hospital furniture. The company, originally founded in 1901, developed the Q-Flow surgical light, a novelty of its kind, which both reduces the risk of infection in operating rooms and aids the personnel in their work. The design of the light reduces the flow of air and harmful particles to the sterile area. Easily adjustable light and its colour rendering properties, among other features, help the personnel focus on the operation. The design of the light is by Seos Design.
In addition to the Grand Prix, five Fennia Prize Winner Prizes of €5,000 were awarded to Consair Oy, Genelec Oy, Naava, Pentagon Design Oy and Planmed Oy. Ten honourable mentions went to Fiskars Finland Oy Ab, INTO Concept Oy, Jukolux Oy, Konecranes Global Oy, LINK Design and Development Oy, Lojer Oy, Nuviz Oy, Pomarfin Oy, PUF Design Market, and Skanska Talonrakennus Oy. The Finnish Patent and Registration Office rewarded two companies, Lojer Oy and Secto Deaign Oy, with IPR Excellence prizes for protection of immaterial rights.