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Fennia Prize 2009


Fennia Prize 2009 Grand Prix

Genelec 5040A active subwoofer
Genelec Oy  

Design: Harri Koskinen
Technical and acoustic design: Siamäk Naghian, Jussi Väisänen / Genelec Oy Product Development Department 2008

Genelec of Iisalmi is the world’s leading manufacturer of studio monitoring loudspeakers. The 5040A, also suited to home use, is an active subwoofer with the speaker driver ingeniously hidden under it. The materials and manufacturing technology of the enclosure are innovations in the field. The subwoofer has a distinctive character of its own and its minimalist appearance makes it suit a variety of spaces and interiors. Top-level design is combined with state-of-the-art audio properties.


Fennia Prizes 2009

Fireplace table fireplace
Iittala / Iittala Group 

Design: Ilkka Suppanen 2008

People have gathered around fires for thousands of years. Iittala came up with the idea of making an open fire into a centrepiece for dinner tables. Fireplace presents a surprisingly simple idea that is nonetheless unprecedented: a fireplace that can be put on the table. It is fuelled with odourless and non-smoking ethanol. Heat-resistant glass and a sturdy steel stand make Fireplace safe, while its minimalist design gives precedence to the flame. The innovative Fireplace is a completely new kind of product in Iittala’s range and its popularity has also surprised the manufacturer.

Medusa lamp
Saas Instruments 

Design: Mikko Paakkanen 2007

Medusa is an amazing lamp of the new generation employing fibre optics and LED technology and combining light with movement. The lamp changes shape slowly like a jellyfish, puffing up into globular form or growing long and thin. The movement can also be stopped to leave the lamp in desired shape. Medusa is mainly made of optic fibre and high-power LED’s. Its microprocessor-controlled motor shortens or lengthens a wire in the centre of the piece to create movement. The Medusa lamp is a successful combination of technology and design in the interstice of art and light fittings: a meditative piece that also provides mood lighting.


kajaaniPaperLab automatic paper testing unit
Metso Automation Oy 

Design: Metso Automation Oy / Kajaani Product Development Team (SWECO Industry Oy / designers Mari Airio, Perttu Luomala, Arto Riimala, Piritta Winqvist together with Exéns Development Oy and Koneistamo ALM Oy) 2008–2009

Metso is a trailblazer in automated paper testing. Traditional tests for properties such as the smoothness and strength of paper have usually been carried out manually in laboratories. As early as 25 years ago Metso developed a product concept permitting automatic testing in the paper mill without manual work. kajaaniPaperLab revises now this concept completely, making it more flexible, cost-efficient and modern. Its scalability gives new potential in the market. With design, Metso now aims to regain the first place in international paper-testing.

Polar FT80 training computer
Polar Electro Oy  

Design: Visa Rauta 2006–2008

Polar has a long history of applying design in product development, and the company has had its own design team for the past fifteen years. The design of training computers of the new generation focuses on ease of use and the appearance of the devices. The smooth surfaces of this thin training computer make it light and comfortable to use even in heavy training, and the carefully finished details attract style-conscious users. Data transfer from the wrist unit to the user’s personal computer and web service is easily done wirelessly. All the parts of the training computer are recyclable. Launched in September 2008, this flagship product of Polar has already exceeded sales goals multifold.


Fennia Prize Honorary Mentions 2009

Oma tableware
Arabia / Iittala Group 

Design: Harri Koskinen 2007

The Oma products serve all tableware needs. This collection includes ceramics, glassware, a wooden serving tray and a large aluminium salad bowl. Despite the use of four different materials, the products share the same language of form. Oma is also well matched with other Arabia tableware collections. The markedly minimalist design of the pieces is softened by round forms and shapes. Aimed at a new and more demanding group of consumers, Oma carries on the tradition of Scandinavian design and Arabia’s solid heritage of focusing on aesthetic and functional qualities. Oma’s well-defined design will ensure this tableware a long period of use, making it a very likely classic of the future.


Fiskars PowerStep pruners
Fiskars Brands Finland Oy Ab 

Design: Billnäs product development team 2008

Fiskars has over 350 years of experience in tool-making and its products have received many prizes in design competitions. Fiskars’ scissors, pruners and other tools make technical innovations and excellent ergonomic properties available to ordinary consumers to truly make work easier. With their new mechanical design, the PowerStep pruners can cut even thick branches easily and almost effortlessly. The joint of the cutter automatically adjusts to cutting thin branches in a single movement and thicker ones in up to three stages, which means less need for physical strength when working. The pruners are a joy to professional and amateur gardeners alike.

Halti Flake jacket
Halti Oy 

Design: Martti Kellokumpu 2007

Halti specializes in high-quality outdoor and hiking products standing out from their competitors through their carefully considered details and special materials. The brand has been promoted especially in winter sports. Approximately one-fifth of the company’s products are exported. The Flake 100 jacket from the specially light Airlite product line is literally light as a snowflake, weighing only 100 g. It protects the wearer against wind and even light rain, and it can be packed into its own inside breast pocket. Light weight is also ecological, saving material and energy for transport.

Timo furniture collection
Isku Koti Oy 

Design: Timo Soikkeli, Leea Koskinen, Pekka Toivanen 2006–2008

The structural concept of the Timo collection stems from the use of material left over in the furniture-making process. The construction is light and sturdy. The curving leg of a chair or table always joins the top or seat in the same way and the piece can be assembled completely with dowels, using no nails. The original concept of a stool expanded into a whole family of products including various chairs and tables. The collection reinforces the Isku brand: it is well suited to Finnish consumers in terms of both language of form, materials and prices, and the pieces can be made in the company’s own factory. The modular design of the parts also improves cost-efficiency.

Kaipaus Nanofrago® scent jewellery concept
Kaipaus Finland Oy 

Design: Antti Eklund, Paola Suhonen, Harri Koskinen, Jussi Wright 2007–2008

The concept of Kaipaus scent jewellery is based on a Finnish invention utilizing nanotechnology. In the Nanofrago® process nano-sized tubes are produced in ceramic paste for storing scents, your favourite perfume, for example. The Nanofrago® scent pods of the Kaipaus jewellery will release scent evenly for up to four weeks. This jewellery introduces a new dimension in a traditional field: an immaterial property with commercial value. The product concept is finished down to the packaging and display stands. This innovative combination of design and technology has also succeeded in convincing financing partners.

KSS D20, KONE D-Series signalisation lift user interface

Design: KONE Oyj Product Development Team: Timo Tiainen, Niko Rusanen, Maija Pursiainen, Niklas Löfberg, Vesa Poutiainen, Jussi Laurila (Idem Oy), Aapo Saari (Idem Oy), Juha Laakso (Alte Oy), Niko Kotsalainen (SWECO Industry Oy), Hannu Pulkkanen (SWECO Industry Oy) 2008

The KONE D-Series is the first to carry out KONE corporation’s new design approach where central considerations are both the recognisable brand and cultural adaptation of a product. Important is also suitability to architecture, interior design and the functions in a building. Interchangeable faceplates for lift call panels are one way of enabling customized solutions. Graphics, company logos or other information can be printed on the faceplate. The placing of call buttons can also vary. A simple idea provides a unique solution and a significant competitive advantage in the market.

Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-804
Nokia Oyj 

Design: Simon Bradford, Johan Frössén, Alejandro Sanguinetti 2008

The BH-804 is the smallest headset ever made by Nokia. It is not, however, the smallest in the world, because the manufacturer did not want to compromise use properties or quality. This model differs technically from its predecessor, having only two easily used multifunctional control buttons. The device follows the familiar Nokia user logic in other respects as well. Sound quality is excellent and the specially shaped earplugs ensure proper fit in the user’s ear. The appearance of the headset has also been considered as it is worn like an accessory: cool aluminium and slender form make the headset more a piece of masculine jewellery than an item of cellphone equipment.

Cubista faucets
Oras Oy 

Design: Kirsi Svärd / ED-design Oy, Oras Oy product development 2005–2006, in production 2007–

The faucet industry is a field of increasing international competition. A market leader in the Nordic countries, Oras also aims at growth in the global market. The company offers a wide range of taps from basic models to high design. Cubista emerged through creating a middle-priced design faucet. The wishes of consumers were taken into account and a product of straight and angular shape was created with visual influences from Cubist art. The language of form and especially the joints of the tap parts called for professionalism and skill on the part of the manufacturer. Oras faucets are self-evidently associated with ease and safety of use and features that save both water and energy.

Pedro ON sofa-bed
Pedro Oy 

Design: Tapio Anttila 2007

Sofa-beds, prime items of furniture in small homes and guest rooms, are the main products of Pedro Oy. The ON sofa emerged from the wish to design a sofa-bed that can be converted into a double bed or two separate beds. Its upper part is simply lifted from the lower part onto the hand-rest construction. No mechanism is needed, which makes conversion easy. The upholstery takes into account the different needs of comfort for sitting and sleeping. The ON sofa has sold well and it has also been positively received by the media: its distinctions include the Furniture of the Year award of 2007.


Planmeca ProOne X-ray unit
Planmeca Oy 

Design: Kari Malmén, Tero Pihlajamäki, Planmeca X-Ray Design Team 2005–2007

The Planmeca ProOne unit makes panorama x-ray equipment available to all dentists. It is cost-effective, easy to move and install and simple to use. The ProOne unit is suited to various kinds of space and different modes of operation. Its uncluttered and compact exterior makes cleaning easy and the graphic user interface provides clear instructions. The simpler form of the frame is also easier to manufacture. The patient is positioned sideways into the unit, which helps the attendant see the right position easily and also permits for example the x-raying of persons in wheelchairs. Although the level of radiation is lower than previously, image quality is excellent, which also makes diagnosing easier.

Planmeca Sovereign dental unit
Planmeca Oy 

Design: Kari Malmén, Timo Silvonen, Tero Pihlajamäki, Planmeca Unit Design Team 2003–2007

The Planmeca Sovereign marks a renewal of both the appearance and functions of a traditional dental care unit. This compact unit is hygienic and all its moving parts are motorized. It can be converted completely from right-hand to left-hand use and the locations of different parts can be changed according to need and care methods. An ergonomic working position is always achieved and the patient chair is designed for particular comfort with regard to treatments of long duration. The Sovereign unit employs Planmeca’s most advanced technology and it is part of the company’s plan for seeking new markets for example in university hospitals.


Planmed Nuance Excel digital mammography unit
Planmed Oy 

Design: Kari Malmén, Tapio Laukkanen, Leo Aspelund, Pentti Hyvärinen and Planmed Design Team 2008

Planmed Oy is the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of mammography equipment, and 98% of all its products are exported. The Planmed Nuance Excel unit combines the latest digital imaging technology with high-standard design and ergonomics. The experiences of patients were the main starting points for the design. The unit features many innovative details making mammography a more pleasant and less intimidating experience. It is easy to use and well-suited to large-scale screenings. During the examination, the nurse can stand next to the patient to guide and assist in the mammography. Owing to digital technology, the radiation dose is significantly lower than usual and the images can be transferred directly within a hospital’s own network.

Suomi wall and floor tile collection
Pukkila Oy Ab 

Design: Harri Helorinne, Jarkko Kallio / Helorinne & Kallio, Maarit Merinen / Pukkila Oy Ab 2006–2008

The goal of renewing Pukkila’s tiles was to provide a Finnish alternative for use in homes and public spaces alike: co-ordinated wall and floor tile collections, yet each with a distinctive style of its own. Launched yearly, the new collections have both matched and complemented existing models. The starting points in design were patterns and motifs inspired by Finnish nature and emphasis on the texture of tiles. A significant aspect is the fact that these competitively priced tiles are made in Finland with environmentally friendly methods. Product development also led to increased skills at the factory. The tiles have become popular among customers and designers alike.

Floating Spaces housing concept
Realfina Oy 

Design: Guy Design Group Oy 2008

The Floating Spaces concept for living on water is an alternative to houseboats. It bears more resemblance to a normal building but is also suited to the small scale of the Finnish shoreline. The concept largely utilizes existing elements from the boat-building industry. The floating structure is a fibreglass-composite trimaran hull (also withstanding Finnish ice conditions), upon which the actual construction is assembled. The design and architecture combine shipbuilding with seashore architecture. Floating Spaces functions as a passive low-energy house utilizing solar panels and thermal pumps and it is competitively priced with regard to construction and upkeep.

Rocla PS20 low-level order picker
Rocla Oyj 

Design: Kero Uusitalo, Petteri Masalin, Mikko Heine 2009

Rocla seeks a thorough understanding of the needs of clients with regard to both their operating environment and business. Even minor improvements in warehousing can significantly increase productivity and reduce costs. Here, product development proceeded from extensive user studies. Research shows that the new low-level order picker increases work efficiency by up to 20%. The operator’s working space is 40% larger than previously, making movement faster and less restricted. The PS20 truck’s multifunction steering wheel is ergonomic and the operator can easily find a good working position. Like other Rocla products, the PS20 can be readily customized to the client’s corporate image.

Rocla AWT automated warehouse truck
Rocla Oyj

Design: Petteri Masalin, Kero Uusitalo, Jouni Salojärvi 2007

The Rocla AWT is the world’s first warehouse truck produced in series. It is a response to the shortage of labour. When routine warehouse work can be automated, staff will be available for more demanding tasks. The AWT is based on the Rocla truck chassis to which various lifting parts and other modules can be added. The truck adapts flexibly to the needs of clients both mechanically and by virtue of its software, and it can be taken into use quickly and easily. The truck’s large and graphic touch-screen display also provides instructions in case of problems and also indicates service needs.

Aquapilot ND control lever for azimuth thrusters
Rolls-Royce Oy Ab 

Design: Davor Spoljaricn / Design Davor Spoljaric, Markku Virtanen / Rolls-Royce Oy Ab 2005–2007, in production 2008–

The Aquapilot ND control levers are used for tugboats, icebreakers and passenger vessels. There are always two levers and they control the speed and direction of the ship. They are the vessel’s most important control devices, affecting all the power needed for moving the vessel. The movements of the ship must be passed on realistically through the levers which means that they must have a sufficiently firm feel to them. Ergonomic properties are important – the levers are in continuous use in narrow passages. The equipment can be adapted with separate parts to suit hands of all size and the user’s hand can also rest on the lever. The Aquapilot control lever is a patented Finnish invention.

Ellipse XL and M chairs
Vivero Oy 

Design: Timo Ripatti 2008

The XL model of the Ellipse chair is a surprising product: it is large, sculptural and arouses attention. However, it is light and comfortable to sit in. The chair is of simple construction: the seat is a three-dimensional ellipse made of two similar form-pressed plywood parts. The leg construction is made of steel rod and can be removed for transport and storage. The chair can be upholstered in different ways, for example to be two-coloured, which changes its appearance considerably. It is suited to both homes and public spaces. The Ellipse collection’s M-sized chair, in turn, is a more conventional small chair created by suitably cutting a similar elliptical piece.