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Young Designer of the Year 2015 – Pyry Taanila

Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year 2015 goes to designer, MA Pyry Taanila (born 1984).

Pyry Taanila is an advocate of design thinking and strong user-centered design. He is an inspiring example of a young and open-minded entrepreneur in design business, who has succeeded in commercializing an innovation and building a totally new product segment utilizing design. Taanila and the Catchbox company are exemplarily creating new business in Finland by successfully combining design with commercial and technical skills.

The prize exhibition will be open for the public 3–19 September 2015. It will be open during Helsinki Design Week and the venue will also host other Design Forum Finland's events. The Young Designer of the Year Mini Seminar (in Finnish) will be organized on Tuesday 8 September. Pyry Taanila will also be present in the exhibition on Saturday 12 September 2015. More information about the program and dates and times will be found at

Design Forum Finland’s Young Designer of the Year prize was instituted in 2000 and is now being awarded for the 14th time. The prize can be awarded to individuals or groups displaying new creative concepts and skills in design. The € 5,000 prize is intended as professional encouragement for young designers to engage in uncompromising and distinctive work.

The jury for the prize of 2015 consisted of Professor Kalevi Ekman / Aalto Design Factory; Principal Lecturer (Design) Ari Känkänen / Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Design and Fine Art; Chairman of the Board and Partner Mika Ståhlberg / Krogerus Oy; the Young Designer of the Year 2007 Janne Kyttänen, and Interim CEO Dan Colliander / Design Forum Finland. Krogerus is the main partner of the prize in 2015 and has supported it by donating the prize sum of € 5,000 and supporting the exhibition arrangements.

The Young Designer of the Year 2015 exhibition, 3–19 September 2015
Unioninkatu 25, Helsinki
Open Mon–Sun 11am–6 pm, free entrance

More information and requests for interviews:
Design Forum Finland
Project Manager Melissa Ylijoki, tel. +358 (0)44 502 2373

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