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Kaj Franck Design Prize 2014:
designer Harri Koskinen

Harri Koskinen is one of the most successful and renowned Finnish contemporary designers.

Harri Koskinen was chosen in 2000 Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year. After that he has received several noteworthy design prizes, including the Compasso d'Oro in 2005 and the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize in 2009. Since 2012 he has, along with his own creative work, been Iittala's Design Director, thus following in Kaj Franck's footsteps.

The prize jury stated that from the beginning, Harri Koskinen's career has been directed towards international markets. His clear and minimalist language of form continues the traditions of Finnish design, at the same time renewing them. According to the prize jury, Harri Koskinen has created an extensive and consistent oeuvre, which is original and recognizable. Functionality, the versatility and honesty of materials, and aesthetics have been values attached to his designs. The result is timeless products with classical beauty.

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