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Design makes a difference

30 % less need for fuel. 430,000 kg fewer CO2 emissions in manufacturing. 90% less packaging waste. Half of the conventional need for raw materials. 34 patents or patent applications. An estimated 18 lives saved. A million lines of code.

These figures, among others, were results of design work in the Fennia Prize competition jointly organized by Design Forum Finland, the Fennia Group and Elo employment pension insurance company. The main award of this highly esteemed biennial competition, the Fennia Prize Grand Prix of €15,000, goes to Ponsse Plc and its new PONSSE Scorpion forest harvester. The grounds for the award included the company’s long-term applications of design, several new design solutions and the contribution of users to the product development of the new harvester.

Four Fennia Prizes of €5,000 each go to the Kupu smoke alarm by Jalo Helsinki, the Nokia Lumia cellphone family, the Peruste company’s RePack postage packaging with a deposit, and Wärtsilä’s new generation of four-stroke engines. In addition to above, 22 Honorary Mentions are awarded in the competition. The National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland is now awarding for the first time the IPR Excellence mention and a prize of €5,000 for commendable use of immaterial rights. This award goes to Polar Electro for its Polar Loop activity tracker bracelet. This time, the competition also included a separate series for start-ups, which were successful in the evaluation of entries.

Honorary mentions were awarded to the following firms and companies: Finnair Plc and Marimekko Corporation, Fiskars Garden Oy Ab, Innojok Oy, Kemppi Oy, KONE Plc, Konecranes Plc, Magisso Oy, Metso, Metso Paper Oy / Valmet, Metsä Group, One Nordic Furniture Company, Paakkola Conveyers, Pinjasto Oy / Saari-keittiöt, Planmeca Oy, Polar Electro Oy, Puustelli Group Oy, Vivero Oy, VR Group and Transtech Oy and YTA Oy.

For the awarded companies, design not only concerns the appearance of products but is also an integral part of their business. Design has been applied to achieve significant and measurable advantages in areas such as the consumption of raw materials, operating costs and environmental aspects. For all the firms and companies, design has provided added value, visibility, new clientele and a stronger brand.

The Fennia Prize is a design competition for firms and companies aimed at supporting the creation of high-standard products and services and promoting the competitiveness and internationalization of industries. It is an opportunity to stand out from competitors with the aid of innovative and responsible design that is also of economic significance. The competition is arranged by Design Forum Finland, the Fennia Group and the Elo employment pension insurance company.

The jury of the Fennia Prize 2014 competition was chaired by Antti Kuljukka / CEO, Fennia and its members were Martin Pärn / Head of Design, Iseasi Oü; Anna Lauttamus-Kauppila / Director of Communications and Client Service, NBPR; Hannele Pohjola / Innovation Director, Confederation of Finnish Industries EK; Tiina-Kaisa Laakso-Liukkonen / Secretary General, International Design Foundation; Mikko Koria / Professor of Practice, Aalto University;  Veikko Rihu / CEO, Infinity Design Oy; and  Mikko Kalhama / CEO, Design Forum Finland.

Exhibition architecture: Aivan
The Fennia Prize 2014 video: Pentagon Design

Press release (pdf)
Press images are downloadable at:

Fennia Prize 2014 31 January–1 March 2014
Design Forum Showroom, Erottajankatu 9 (courtyard), Helsinki
Open Mon–Sat Noon–6 pm, free entrance

For more information, please contact:
Communications Manager Anne Veinola, Design Forum Finland,
tel. +358 (0)9 6220 8119, +358 (0)40 548 6407,
Project Manager Melissa Ylijoki, Design Forum Finland,
tel. +358 (0)9 6220 8110, +358 (0)44 502 2373,