The Young Designer of the Year prize of 2018, awarded by Design Forum Finland, was given to master cabinetmaker Antrei Hartikainen (born 1991).
In his work, Antrei Hartikainen combines traditional carpentry skills and Finnish wood processing with modern design. The young master cabinetmaker living in Fiskars makes his own small batch products and does cooperation projects with designers and companies without drawing a strict line between art and utility. Antrei Hartikainen’s wooden furniture and household items have already received a lot of attention both in Finland and abroad. He also makes unique works combining art and design, in which a utility item is seen in a new light or a different context.
According to the prize jury, master cabinetmaker Antrei Hartikainen is an original and skilful carpenter who moves smoothly at the boundary of art and batch production. He has developed his own strong design idiom, which makes his works clear and distinctive. Hartikainen has excellent knowledge of materials and he utilises the properties of wood inventively, often challenging and searching for boundaries. Antrei Hartikainen has cooperated smoothly with both professionals of various fields and furniture manufacturers. Indeed, his wooden furniture and household items have already received a lot of attention even outside of Finland.
Photo: Katja Hagelstam
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