The first Kaj Franck Design Prize was awarded to Professor Oiva Toikka, a versatile designer of manufactured and one-off works in glass and ceramics, and widely recognized both in Finland and abroad.
He is also known as a set and costume designer. Oiva Toikka's products often entail a technical idea that gives them an added personal touch. "Truly strict limitations are an inspiration that makes one want to add something of one's own," Toikka explains.
Household and utility objects designed by Oiva Toikka, such as the Kastehelmi, Flora and Pioni tableware in glass and the Krouvi beer mug have been successful both in Finland and abroad. His Birds and Year Cubes are among art objects that are eagerly awaited every year. Toikka has also designed sets and costumes for the Finnish National Opera, the Savonlinna Opera Festival and a number of theatres in Finland, as well as textiles for Marimekko. Oiva Toikka received the State Prize of Design in 1975, the Pro Finlandia medal in 1980 and the Finland Prize in 2000.