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Kaj Franck Design Prize 1999:
Industrial designer Jorma Vennola

Industrial designer Jorma Vennola has been involved with a wide range of industrial design projects since the early 1970s.

He began his career in the United States designing toys and glass objects and continued in Finland with glass, appliances, packaging for technochemical products and tractors. Jorma Vennola, however, has become known as a designer and bold reformer of high-tech faucets.

The broad range of industrial design is epitomized in Jorma Vennola's work: the scale of his work has extended from shampoo bottles and lipstick dispensers to gym equipment. In addition to serially manufactured glass, Vennola has also designed unique, one-off works in glass. Many years of cooperation with the buyers of design has permitted long-term product development, as for example with Oras kitchen and bathroom faucets. Jorma Vennola was awarded the State Prize of Design in 1978 and in 1990 he was chosen Industrial Designer of the Year by the TKO Finnish Association of Industrial Designers.