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Young Designer of the Year Prize 2013: Mari Isopahkala and Iina Vuorivirta

Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year Prize of 2013 goes to designers Mari Isopahkala (born 1978) and Iina Vuorivirta (born 1988). The Young Designer of the Year Prize was instituted in 2000 and is now being awarded for the twelfth time.

Mari Isopahkala is a freelance designer who studied furniture and interior design at the Lahti Institute of Design and graduated as Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (present-day Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture). The jury underlined her solid professional approach to her work and output. Mari Isopahkala represents traditional authorship in design while boldly leading it forward and crossing boundaries.

Iina Vuorivirta studied product design at the Lahti Institute of Design and Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm. She is currently working on her Master of Arts degree at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm. The award jury particularly noted the surprising and different nature of Iina Vuorivirta’s work. Seeking new expression and new forms of design, Vuorivirta challenges the design field with her alternative ways of designing.

Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year Prize can be given to one or several individuals or a team exhibiting new, creative concepts and skills in design. The purpose of the prize of €5,000 is to encourage young designers to carry on uncompromising and original work in design.

The members of the Young Design of the Year 2013 award jury were Executive Director Katri Soramäki, Professor Timo Salli, Chief Curator Suvi Saloniemi and CEO Mikko Kalhama.

The prize is supported by Asianajotoimisto Heinonen & Co Oy, deko and Bacardi-Martini Finland.

Young Designer of the Year 2013, 31 May–11 August 2013, Design Forum Showroom, Erottajankatu 9 B, Helsinki. Mon–Fri 11 am – 5 pm, Sat–Sun Noon–4 pm, free entrance

For more information, please contact:
Design Forum Finland
Project Manager Melissa Ylijoki
tel. +358 (0)9 6220 8110,


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