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4.10.2013

Fennia Prize 2012 to South Korea

The best Finnish design on show at Design Korea 2013 in October

Finnish top design will get a large international audience when the Fennia Prize 2012 design prize exhibition will be on show at Design Korea 2013 event in Gwangju, South Korea from 10 to 13 October, 2013. Eleven design competitions from all over the world have been invited to participate, among them Fennia Prize 2012. The exhibition will continue to Turkey, to Istanbul Design Week 27 November–1 December after which it will return to Finland.

The Fennia Prize, awarded every second year, is one of the biggest design prizes in Finland. The design competition awards companies for exemplary use of design. The competition is organized by Design Forum Finland, the promotion organization of Finnish design, and the Fennia Group.

The winners of 2012 are excellent examples of the range of today's design. Included are both consumer products, heavy industry, wellness and healthcare appliances as well as service and retail concepts. The Fennia Prize 2012 Grand Prix (15,000 €) went to Fingrid Plc, a company maintaining Finland's national electricity transmission grid, for the design of a new transmission tower. The receivers of the Fennia Prize of 5,000 € were four: The City of Helsinki was awarded for the new service and spatial concept for the Helsinki City Library. This development project is an excellent example of the new uses and clientele of design. The Home & Garden product concept of Kekkilä Oy offers high-standard, well-finished design for amateur gardeners. The Smarter Cabin crane cabin of Konecranes provides the crane operator with improved visibility of the work area and the ergonomic cabin has been a definite competitive asset for the company. The Nuoska sauna stoves of Tulikivi, traditional products of Finnish culture, were redesigned to suit modern-day spa culture. 23 Fennia Prize Honorary Mentions were further awarded in the competition.

Fennia Prize 2012 10–13 October 2013 Design Korea 2013, Gwangju, South Korea

More information:
Design Forum Finland, Project Manager Melissa Ylijoki, +358 (0)9 6220 8110, melissa.ylijoki@designforum.fi www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1vYR3o5e2M
www.designforum.fi/fenniaprize

The registration for the Fennia Prize 2014 design competition has started and the results will be announced early next year. More information can be found at http://www.designforum.fi/fenniaprize