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Design Forum Newsletter

September 2017


Since 2000, Design Forum Finland has selected the Young Designer of the Year. The prize is given annually to a promising young designer or designer group who has displayed new creative visions and skills in design.

In 2017 the prize is awarded to textile and surface designer Reeta Ek. She is a Helsinki-based freelance designer whose clients have included companies such as Marimekko, Samuji, Nanso and Lapuan kankurit. Typical to Reeta's patterns and prints are rhythm and repeated motifs that are born from creative drawing and painting by hand. The prize jury specifically acknowledged Reeta Ek's distinctive style and artistic vision. Her success has been based more on strong professional skill than an efficiently marketed designer brand.

The prize sum of €5,000 is donated by Krogerus Attorneys. The prize exhibition is on show at Espa Stage in Helsinki during Helsinki Design Week.

Photo: Lina Jelanski / Duotone

Young Designer of the Year 2017: Reeta Ek
7–16 September 2017 Espa Stage, Pohjoisesplanadi 1, Helsinki

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EcoDesign Sprint is a training program aimed at SME's and design agencies interested in the possibilities of circular design. In the program, each SME is paired with a design agency, and these pairs will then develop new business opportunities for the company according to circular design principles. Both partners will also get to know more about circular economy. EcoDesign Sprint is part of the EU project EcoDesign Circle where the Finnish partner is Design Forum Finland. In Sprint, DFF is partnering up with Ethica, a circular economy specialist.

Open call in September!


Design Forum Finland will host a truly high-class keynote speaker at its bio and circular economy seminar on September 14: Dr Leyla Acaroglu, top specialist in circular economy and sustainable design. Acaroglu's TED talk has been viewed over 1 million times and she is, among other things, United Nations' Champion of the Earth. The seminar day will cover themes such as bio product and service innovations and the potential of circular economy combined with design in answering global challenges. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Design <3 Circular Economy
14 September 2017 8.30am–4pm
Allas Sea Pool, Helsinki


Finland's best design, by several indicators, will be on show at the Habitare furniture, design and interior decoration fair opening next week. One of the greats is the recipient of the Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2016 Juhani Salovaara, whose prize exhibition takes place at Messukeskus. Salovaara is a pioneer of Finnish industrial design and his contribution to the use of ergonomics has been notable. Juhani Salovaara will also be interviewed on Friday 15 September at 3.30pm–4pm at Habitare Stage. Photo: Liisa Valonen

Kaj Franck Design Prize 2016: Juhani Salovaara
13–17 September 2017 Habitare, stand 6g68, Messukeskus, Helsinki


Hiilinielu Design Studio is an EU-funded project whose aim has been to develop business and work around new bio products and design. The participants have been students and professionals from both forest-based bio fields and creative fields. The multidisciplinary project of the Universities of Applied Sciences in Tampere and Lahti and Design Forum Finland is coming to an end in autumn 2017. In addition to the seminar day Design <3 Circular Economy, there will also be an exhibition about the results at Habitare.

Hiilinielu Design Studio
Habitare 13–17 September 2017, stand 6c71, Messukeskus, Helsinki


...stronger than ever. During ten days the city is bursting with design, urban culture, exhibitions and various events. The assortment has something for everyone, including children. All this will be crowned with the first-ever summit of World Design Weeks, the network of the world's design events on 14–15 September.

Helsinki Design Week 7–17 September 2017