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Design Forum Finland Newsletter

January 2017


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.

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The Fennia Prize exhibition, an essential part of the design competition, is currently on show in Helsinki. The exhibition presents the award-winning companies and products and points out the criteria for awarding the product or service. The architecture of the exhibition, constructed in a one-time shop at Kluuvikatu 6, is by Seos Design. The exhibition is open until 12 February and the entrance is free. After Helsinki, the exhibition will tour to Arctic Design Week in Rovaniemi in late February. Photo: Kalle Kataila

Fennia Prize Exhibition, 20 January–12 February 2017
Kluuvikatu 6, Helsinki
open Mon-Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 11am–5 pm, Sun noon–4pm


The beginning of February is always the date for Stockholm Design Week and Furniture & Light Fair. Numerous Finnish companies, too, participate in the fair, the biggest of its kind in the Nordic countries. This year's Guest of Honour is Jaime Hayon from Spain. His exhibition, or rather installation Hayon DNA Gallery showcases his career and works in an interesting and original way.

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 7–11 February 2017


The Parisians now have an opportunity to try out a sleepover in a Finnish summer cottage. Koti ("Home") is an installation by designer Linda Bergroth at the Finnish Institute in Paris, consisting of six "cottages" built in the Institute. The cottages can be booked via Airbnb for a night; at daytime they are an exhibition of Finnish design and lifestyle. Various events, concerts etc. are included in the program, too. The cottages will be open until May, in August they will be re-erected in Helsinki. Koti is part of Mobile Home 2017, a project which studies the meaning of home from several viewpoints. It includes events at the Finnish Cultural Institutes around Europe, and is part of the Finland 100 program in 2017.

Institut Finlandais
60, Rue des Écoles, 75005 Pariisi


Northern Service Day, now arranged for the 5th time in Oulu, is the theme day of service businesses. It brings out topical themes from understanding the client's needs to cooperation and business development. This year's special theme is courage: where to find courage, how to use it and how to manage it. One of the speakers is Petteri Kolinen of Design Forum Finland who will talk, among other things, about service business and how to fulfil the client's wishes and expectations.

Northern Service Day 2 February 2017
Restaurant Seurahuone, Oulu


Have you noticed that Design Forum Finland also publishes a design blog on its website? Posts in English are not so common, but we do have them, too. If you are fluent in Finnish, please check the blog which we update every two or three weeks! The latest post in English tells about an interesting solution competition for university students.


We have many short videos (in English) on our webpages, too. We have interviewed designers and companies, asked about their use of design and recorded moods and feelings. At the Design Forum Talk webpage you'll be able to watch the recording of the Finnkampen event last September in case you missed it then. See what the inventor of Pulled Oats Maija Itkonen tells about using design! Or what are the benefits of branding, design and marketing according to Petri Piirainen, Professor of Strategic Marketing and Management? In the near future we will also be posting new videos of the Fennia Prize award winners. Photo: Kalle Kataila