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Kaj Franck Design Prize 2009:
Artist Professor, industrial designer Hannu Kähönen

Industrial designer Hannu Kähönen is a versatile expert in design, whose perspective ranges from the practical design work to national design policy.

He has helped to develop the field through his work in national and international positions of trust. According to the prize jury, Hannu Kähönen's oeuvre reflects in a beautiful manner the industrial aesthetic, and its core ideas are knowledge of materials, the usability of products, their accessibility and recyclability.

Through his own career of over thirty years as an entrepreneur in design, Hannu Kähönen has become widely familiar with the needs of business making use of design. Especially in recent years, Kähönen has concentrated on material-based product development and environmental issues.