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Fennia Prize 2014

Fennia Prize, organized every second year, is one of the biggest design competitions in Finland. It is organized by the design promotion organization Design Forum Finland, the Fennia Group and Elo.

The Fennia Prize 2014 competition aroused much attention. 80 companies, of which eighteen were start-ups, registered in the competition. 40 products, 30 product families, six services and four concepts participated. The results were announced Janury 30, 2014.

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Fennia Prize Grand Prix 2014

PONSSE Scorpion harvester
Ponsse Plc

Design: Ponsse Plc: Marko Halonen, Pentti Hukkanen, Jouni Jokela, Jukka Karppinen, Mauri-Antero Mustonen, Ossi Pohjoisaho, Arto Virolainen, Vesa Yrjänä, Jukka Tossavainen

LINK Design and Development: Petri Hannukainen, Mikko Kemppi, Matti Sillanpää, Piritta Winqvist

Ponsse is a leading company in the international forest machine market. Its products are used for harvesting timber around the world in extreme conditions. Industrial design has played a key role in Ponsse’s product development for a long time, receiving its first design award already in 1992. 

The PONSSE Scorpion represents a new generation of harvesters and it is the company’s flagship product. About 80 % of its technology is completely new. The new levelling and stabilising systems ensure safe and comfortable working conditions even in the most challenging terrain. The new type of cabin is in the middle, with excellent visibility in all directions. Due to its triple-frame structure, the Scorpion can easily move past any obstacles. Engine emissions have been minimized and as the weight of the eight-wheel machine is distributed evenly over a large area, the forest terrain is subjected to minimal damage.

The three-year product development project included a large number of field and user studies. The distinguishable and original black and yellow design is one of the characteristic features of the Ponsse brand. The PONSSE Scorpion is a completely new type of forest machine which continues to showcase Ponsse’s convincingly strong product development and industrial design.


Fennia Prizes 2014

Kupu smoke alarm
Jalo Helsinki Oy

Design: Harri Koskinen 

"Designed to save lives” is the slogan of Jalo Helsinki. The company makes smoke alarms which look like elegant design items, but with technology that meets the latest EU requirements.

Established in 2010, Jalo Helsinki is still regarded as a start-up. The optic Kupu smoke alarm was introduced in February 2012. Designed by Harri Koskinen, this alarm is sophisticatedly simple. Its entire cover functions as a test and silencing button, which means that there isn't anything unnecessary in the outer features of the alarm. The new form also required the redesigning of the internal parts. The fabric-lined cover softens the appearance of a technical device, while a chrome-plated version is a more edgy alternative that arouses attention.

Jalo Helsinki anticipated changes to official regulations and made a necessary piece of equipment interesting and desirable. In 2012 alone, Jalo Helsinki sold 80,000 smoke alarms in Finland and the company has a 15% share of the market. Its smoke alarms are now sold in over 400 sales points in 21 countries.


Nokia Lumia product family
Nokia Corporation

Design: Nokia Design Team 

The Lumia smartphones are Nokia’s first series of products based on the Windows Phone 8 operating system. The aim was to reduce the product portfolio while launching a new design philosophy. Nokia's solid technological skills are combined with design highlighting simplicity and reduced form. Everything unnecessary has been excluded, leaving only the most essential aspects.

These mobile phones are functional, versatile and developed, with a large number of available applications. The devices are elegant and the various models have their own special features, such as cordless charging, a top-level camera or two-tone covers. Nokia’s core concept of unforced ease of use is naturally included despite the high technology. The four models in this competition, the Lumia 620, Lumia 820, Lumia 920 and Lumia 1020, are also designed in Finland.

Reducing the product range and focusing on the essentials was a major and noteworthy change at Nokia. This product family shares recognizable consistent design and stands out positively from the products of competitors.


RePack packaging
Peruste Oy

Design: Juha Mäkelä, Jonne Hellgren, Petri Piirainen 

The Peruste company’s RePack packaging addresses a major everyday problem. The spread of online purchasing increases the consumption of packaging materials. Although cardboard is recyclable, it nonetheless has a major ecological footprint, which continues to grow.

RePack is a reusable postal package with a deposit that is particularly suited to mailing clothes. The bag is made from recycled materials and size can be reduced by rolling it. Even when used only twice (the package can be used approximately 20 times), it is more environmentally friendly than conventional cardboard boxes. The RePack is free for web vendors, but customers pay a deposit of a few euros for it.

The strong bag is closed with a sticker and sealed with an address tape. The customer removes the address, folds the bag and returns it into a mailbox. The deposit is then refunded with a coupon for the customer’s next web purchase.

RePack is a practical solution to a growing problem and an interesting combination of a product, service and a new business model.


The New Generation of Wärtsilä Four-stroke Engines
Wärtsilä Corporation

Design: Wärtsilä (industrial design), Buorre Oy (industrial design), RD-Velho Oy (mechanical design) 

Wärtsilä engines are used in vessels and power plants for propulsion and to produce electricity. The new generation of four-stroke engines represents one of Wärtsilä’s most important product families, medium-speed engines.

While Wärtsilä is an old and recognized company and a technology leader in its field, this new product family is the first in which design is utilized in a comprehensive manner. Various technical and design solutions merge usability and the brand into a single entity, while lowering production costs. One of the main considerations, also of importance for use, is noise reduction, which was improved with ingenious and functioning design solutions. The locations and use of service hatches were studied, and the engines were given a new appearance that can nonetheless be recognized as Wärtsilä.

Design was applied in the new family of engine products with regard to usability, appearance and brand. Along with product design, some of the company’s procedures, such as the manufacturing processes, were redesigned to be more fluid and competitive. Wärtsilä proved that design provides a competitive asset also in this field.



Fennia Prize 2014 Honorary Mentions

Marimekko for Finnair, design collaboration
Finnair Plc and Marimekko Corporation

Design: Sami Ruotsalainen 

Marimekko’s familiar prints with their distinct Finnish character have been included in the services provided by Finnair. Marimekko patterns and designs are to be found on tableware and textiles, for instance on blankets, cushions, airhostesses' aprons and paper napkins, in both Business Class and Economy. The materials take into account the requirements of light weight and ease of use in air travel. This is a good new combination of two prominent Finnish brands for added value in the Asian market, especially in Japan and China, that are important for both parties.


My First Fiskars, children’s gardening tools
Fiskars Brands Finland Oy Ab

Design: Fiskars Garden EMEA R&D 

Fiskars traditionally uses professionals for developing its tools. In the process of designing gardening tools for children, however, a group of day-care children served as a test group. The result was a collection of tools for digging, raking and working in sand or snow that can also be used for real gardening. The design of the tools permits use with children’s outdoor gloves and their bright, cheerful colours make them easy to find in the grass and snow alike. With these products, Fiskars found an excellent new customer group for its gardening tools.


Fiskars Quantum pruning shears
Fiskars Brands Finland Oy Ab

Design: Fiskars Garden EMEA R&D 

Fiskars considered whether gardening tools could be of other materials than plastic. The tools of the new Quantum series are of light, durable aluminium and pleasing, natural cork combined with an efficient mechanism. The target group for these shears are gardening enthusiasts, who are prepared to invest in equipment and who like the look of use in it. The parts of the tools can be removed for service and sharpening. Fiskars is a market leader in garden shears in fourteen European countries and this new series of products will no doubt find customers.


Fiskars KitchenGarden, indoor growing solution
Fiskars Brands Finland Oy Ab

Design: Fiskars Garden EMEA R&D 

One of today’s megatrends is the growing of vegetables and herbs at home. Three years ago, Fiskars began to study how herbs could be grown successfully and easily at home. The KitchenGarden is a compact tabletop growing solution for store-bought dill, basil, and other plants. Its LED unit provides even light with automatically alternating light and dark at 8-hour intervals. The colour of the light and the humidity of the device can be adjusted to the grower’s wishes and the needs of the plants. The table garden is a product designed for new needs, with which Fiskars aims at the indoor and winter gardening market.


Innolux Candeo, bright light therapy lamp
Innojok Oy

Design: Katriina Nuutinen 

The Innolux Candeo combines a bright light therapy lamp with a traditional light fitting. This suspended lamp is easily converted with a switch from mood lighting to light-therapy use as the colour temperature of the light changes from warm to pure white. This permits year-round use of the light fitting, not only in the dark winter months. Innojok is a forerunner in the design of bright light therapy lamps, and the Innolux Candeo is an addition to the company’s product range. The company also carries on the well-founded traditions of Finnish lamp and light fitting design.


Kempact RA welding machine
Kemppi Oy

Design: Jari Perkiö (project manager), Juho Huotari (industrial design), Risto Parikka (mechanical design), Olli Järvinen (electric and electronic design), Tapani Peltola (welding engineer)

The process of designing the Kempact RA welding machine included numerous user studies –  it is used in cramped workshop conditions, which places great importance on compact size and usability. The ergonomic properties of the machine have been improved with numerous details that make it easier, faster and more efficient to use. Kemppi is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of arc-welding equipment. It has made systematic use of design for several years, applying it as a competitive asset.


KONE RL20 elevator light fitting

Design: KONE Design Solutions 

The KONE RL20 elevator light fitting is an excellent product by virtue of its simplicity. Because of its size and style it is suited to various types of elevators in both old and new buildings. The graphic black surrounding part is of aluminium and it also cools the LED lamps of the unit. There are over 200 LED’s forming a circular band of light and if a few of them go out in the future, luminosity will not be affected. The light fitting is easy to maintain – KONE carries out the maintenance of its own elevators, which means that maintenance is planned in advance.


KONE KSP 858, elevator operating panel

Design: KONE Design Solutions 

This new elevator operating panel made by KONE is needed in high buildings with several elevators. Users choose their floor on the panel, which plans the route, calls the elevator and gives instructions to the right elevator door. If necessary the panel can provide access control or audio instructions for people with impaired sight. It is also easy to update. The panel is of clean-cut, neutral and timeless appearance and is suited to various kinds of architecture all over the world. It is cost-effective in production yet adaptable to the needs of users.


AGILON® material handling system
Konecranes Oyj

Design: Tero Kultanen (chief designer), Pauliina Paarlahti (usability and appearance), Jussi Hirvonen (mechanical properties and appearance)

AGILON is an automated inventory and material management system. In simplified terms, it is a system consisting of modules with storage shelving and a moving robot inside. The required parts are ordered via a user interface, collected by the robot and delivered to the retrieval hatch. The warehouse balance is updated at the same time. The system sends out an alert when an item is running out and it makes a replenishment order if necessary. AGILON is an example of an industrial Internet application. For Konecranes it is a new type of product and a service expansion to the service business: instead selling the system, Konecranes leases to customers at a reasonable monthly rate.


Magisso Black Terracotta collection
Magisso Oy

Design: Simon Stevens 

The property of porous ceramics to keep food or water cool through evaporation has been known for thousands of years. Magisso’s new Black Terracotta collection utilizes this ancient principle: the terracotta vessels are soaked in water before use to keep drinks and ice cubes cool longer. The material is traditional terracotta with a black ceramic coating fired on it. The glaze of the base prevents moisture from seeping onto the table top. Magisso’s products are practical solutions to everyday needs.


Metso Lokotrack LT106 crusher

Design: Tuomas Tuokko (industrial designer), product development team 

Metso Minerals is a forerunner in track-mounted crushing machinery. The new Metso Lokotrack LT106 crushes asphalt, rocks and minerals for the needs of industry and construction. The design of the Lokotrack proceeded from the considerations of improved cost efficiency and usability. The crusher is more environmentally friendly than previous models, consuming 30% less fuel and producing less dust and noise. Its new plastic materials are stronger and less costly than steel.  Design has also been applied to improve the crusher’s safety for service operations and use.


OptiConcept M product family
Metso Paper Oy / Valmet

Design: Metso Paper R&D: Risto Väätänen (industrial design manager), Petteri Venetjoki (industrial design manager), Jussi Salojärvi (industrial design manager), Jyrki Buller (senior industrial designer), Mari Airio (industrial designer), Lauri Aaltio (senior industrial designer)

Metso Paper took the client’s experience of use instead of the traditional papermaking process as the starting point of designing the new paper and board machine. All the parts of the long production line are joined through modular design with regard to appearance, function, production and assembly. Good working conditions and easy maintenance are important considerations. Technical innovation made it possible to construct a machine that was 3–6 metres lower than before.  Both lifecycle costs and carbon dioxide emissions were reduced. The OptiConcept M is a strategically important product for Metso and the new Valmet in the highly competitive paper and board machine market. (1.1.2014–)


Kerto® structural system
Metsä Group

Design: Pekka Helin, Antti Laiho (architectural design), Asko Keronen, Tero Aaltonen (structural calculations) 

Kerto is a sturdy beam and wooden board product made of glued conifer veneer that can be used in the design of new and impressive bearing structures that are both light and durable. The Metsätapiola office building in Espoo is the first building in which the properties of the Kerto system have been utilized for creating architecturally interesting plastic forms. Kerto products can be used as bearing structures in all types of buildings. Although the structures are always dimensioned to specific projects, most of their parts can be manufactured industrially.


Hai Lounge Chair
One Nordic Furniture Company

Design: Luca Nichetto 

One Nordic Furniture Company is a brand established in 2011 with the sales of furniture on the web as one of its starting points. The design of its products takes into account their size, weight and assembly. The Hai Lounge Chair has a light tubular frame and the backrest folds down over the seat for transport. One Nordic Furniture Company is an interesting start-up with a business concept combining web retailing with high-quality design furniture.


Material conveyor system for the mining industry
Paakkola Conveyors

Design: Toni Erkkilä, Paakkola Design Team, Muotohiomo Oy Sami Laine, Toni Sokura, Iikka Airas and Pekka Toivanen

Paakkola Conveyors manufactures material conveyors of even several kilometres for mining in Arctic conditions. Paakkola’s slogan “We move mountains" aptly reflects the nature and scale of its operations. The new conveyor type keeps the material pressed between two belts, which reduces dust and permits sharp rises and falls in the conveyor layout. Special attention is focused on work safety in this sector of heavy industry. Service personnel among other users are guided to the right locations with the aid of design, colours and signage. Paakkola seeks an added advantage through design in the mining sector, which is sensitive to fluctuations.


Silta kitchen furniture
Pinjasto Oy / Saari-keittiöt

Design: Harri Koskinen (design), Pinjasto Oy (technical design) 

The starting point of the design of Saari kitchens was the desire for a collection of furnishings that could spread from the kitchen into other spaces.  Just like all other furniture, the cabinets and the kitchen islands can be taken along when moving house. Designed in particular for Central European tastes, this product has already aroused attention abroad. The modular items can be bought, for example, from furniture dealers. Reduced design, high-quality workmanship and materials and adaptability give these products a long life. Pinjasto is a family-owned company that has focused on both quality and design since its founding.


Planmeca Sovereign® Classic Dental Unit
Planmeca Oy

Design: Kari Malmén (Industrial Design Manager), Timo Silvonen (Senior Industrial Designer), Planmeca Oy Dental Unit Division 

Planmeca has successfully used design in its product development for many years and design is one of the company’s most significant competitive assets. Planmeca is also a top-rate player in developing dental technology. The new dental unit aims at the greatest possible versatility in use. All dentists using it can find the most comfortable ways and positions of working to suit them, as demanding and accurate dental work requires good ergonomics. The display shows x-ray images and all necessary information from other Planmeca equipment.


Polar Loop activity tracker
Polar Electro Oy

Design: Heli Haapakoski (Senior Industrial Designer) 

The importance of being active every day is a widely discussed topic right now – every step counts. Polar Loop tracks all your daily moves from climbing the stairs to a run in the evening. It works together with the Polar Flow web service and mobile app, which give you details and feedback about your active choices. You also get a reminder if you have been still for too long! This smart bracelet contains a lot of advanced technology, even though its design makes it look like a piece of personal jewellery. Polar Loop is a product targeted for the rapidly growing health and wellbeing market.


Puustelli Miinus kitchen furniture
Puustelli Group Oy

Design: Jussi Aine, Sirkku Aine (project management), Juhani Salovaara (head designer, Desigence Oy), Toni Suominen (product design, Puustelli Group Oy), Vesa Kivimäki (product design, Puustelli Group Oy), Tony Lönnqvist (product design, Puustelli Group Oy), Ari Pöllänen (product design, Desigence Oy), Kaarle Mänty (product design, Desigence Oy)

Puustelli’s Miinus represents a genuinely new way of designing kitchen furniture. The hidden frame is of injection-moulded UPM Formi biocomposite, a combination of cellulose and plastic. The weight of the frame is only half of traditional constructions of this kind and carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced to almost half. There is no excess material, no formaldehyde is produced, and the material is waterproof. Solid wood and cellular structures have also been used, with carefully considered details. This bold design solution reforms kitchens in an ecological direction


Päre wall element
Vivero Oy

Design: Anna Salonen (MottoWasabi), Yuki Abe (MottoWasabi) 

Päre – Finnish for ‘shingle’ – is an acoustic wall element made of recyclable polyester felt that can also be used for storage and as textile art. Its strips made of hot pressed felt overlap like roof shingles. The pockets have room for mail or magazines. The design aims at the efficient use and recyclability of materials. Päre is a new multifunctional product for the challenges of storage and acoustics in both homes and public spaces.


DuettoPlus restaurant carriage
VR Group and Transtech Oy

Design: VR-Matkustajaliikenne Transtech Oy: Olli Kakkinen (project manager), Tuula Ahtola (head designer), Kati Mäkikyrö (expert responsible for design), the Transtech product development team
Link Design and Development Oy: Piritta Winqvist (Design Director), Saara Anundi (Team Leader), Samuel Leinonen (Industrial Designer)

 A visit to the restaurant carriage is an important part of a long train journey in Finland. The VR Group and the Transtech company, manufacturers of rolling stock, joined forces in the design of a new generation two-deck restaurant carriage. While everything proceeded from the customer experience, the design process also considered the work of conductors, kitchen staff and cleaners. The new carriage has peaceful locations for work, large spaces for groups, a small space for performers, and spacious serving counters. A pleasant customer experience is an important asset for the VR Group in competition with other forms of transport.


Ihmisten Apteekki - The Pharmacy for People service concept

Design: Diagonal: Mikko Koivisto, Juha Kronqvist, Kristiina Vaahtojärvi (service design), Emma Keränen, Virve Penttilä (spatial and furniture design), Jenni Viitanen, Lotta Julkunen, Maria Jaatinen (graphic design), Jaakko Wäänänen (business design), Laura Suviniemi (account director)

Service designers and pharmacy personnel set out to jointly develop a new service concept. A new feature is focus on the client’s own role in maintaining health and wellness. The Pharmacy for People concept aims at providing comprehensive services and products. The means of service design are applied to provide completely new business for pharmacies. The manual included in the concept also lists readily applicable ideas for presenting products and services.





IPR Excellence 2014

Polar Loop activity tracker
Polar Electro Oy

Design: Heli Haapakoski (Senior Industrial Designer) 

In the Fennia Prize 2014 competition the Finnish Patent and Registration Office PRH awarded for the first time an Honorary mention and a prize of 5,000  euros for the successful use of immaterial property rights (IPR). The Honorary mention was awarded to the Polar Electro company for the Polar Loop activity tracker. The honorary mention was awarded in recognition of the product’s high level of IPR protection (protection of design, patents and the Polar brand) in addition to its elegant and practical design, ease of use, versatility and reasonable price. 

The IPR protection of the Polar Loop includes design protection, several patents and the Polar trademark. Design protection is essential in products in which design is important for their distinctiveness, image and usability. EU design protection for the Polar Loop gives the Polar company the right to prohibit others from copying the product and to prevent the introduction of illegal copies in the markets of the EU area. This concerns the protection of the company’s own rights and the opportunity to defend them. Additional protection in the market of products and (product) brand management is provided by Polar’s registered trademark and the patenting of the technical solutions of products.

In addition to the Polar Loop, Polar Electro has comprehensively applied to its other products the opportunities of the IPR system for protecting products and ensuring the company’s business opportunities. Among other measures, Polar has registered the design of many of its products for many years through EU design protection. 

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