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Kaj Franck Design Prize


The Kaj Franck Design Prize brings forth the central spirit and principles of designer Kaj Franck’s (1911–1989) oeuvre: high-quality, democratic and functional design that solves practical challenges and opens up new opportunities for companies excelling in design. A particular merit is if the rewarded designer brings beauty and joy to everyday life and enhances the quality of life.

The Kaj Franck Design Prize can be awarded to a Finnish designer or team, or one that resides or works in Finland. The prize sum is 10,000 euros. The Kaj Franck Design Prize has been established in 1992. The recipient is chosen by a prize jury and the prize is awarded on the basis of the whole oeuvre of the designer or team.

This prize was established by Design Forum Finland and it is funded by the Finnish Fair Foundation. In funding the Kaj Franck Design Prize, the Finnish Fair Foundation wishes to express its respect for the significant work and achievements of Kaj Franck as a pioneer of the culture of Finnish design and to extend its recognition and support to Finland's present-day designers.

The Kaj Franck medal, given to the awarded designers, is designed by sculptor Tapio Junno.

The prizewinners:

 
More information:
Project Manager Laila Alanen 
laila.alanen(a)designforum.fi, +358 50 548 4114


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Kaj Franck (1911–1989)

Kaj Franck was one of the leading figures of Finnish design, the teacher of several generations of professional designers, and an influential figure in design and applied arts in his own day. He was artistic director of the Wärtsilä Group (present-day Fiskars / Iittala Oy) and artistic director and teacher at the College of Applied Arts, the predecessor of the Aalto University's School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

In funding the Kaj Franck Design Prize, the Finnish Fair Foundation wishes to express its respect for the significant work and achievements of Kaj Franck as a pioneer of the culture of Finnish design and to extend its recognition and support to Finland's present-day designers.