The team of six partners at the design agency Aivan was selected as the recipient of the Kaj Franck Design Prize 2019, granted by Design Forum Finland: Jarkko Jämsén, Minka Koukkunen, Aleksi Kuokka, Antti Mäkelä, Aki Suvanto, and Saku Sysiö.
Aivan is a multidisciplinary design agency founded in 2007. Its essential areas of business include brand and space design, product design, and strategic design. Aivan’s expertise is related to boat design: its subsidiary Navia Design serves some of the world’s leading boat manufacturers. Navia has offices in Helsinki and Monaco, and its portfolio also includes the executive boat Kultaranta VIII of the President of the Republic of Finland.
The Kaj Franck Design Prize jury was impressed with the team’s comprehensive touch on design. The agency has succeeded in convincing the highest management of companies that change is necessary, and in building several comprehensive brands which have achieved international success. The quality of the design has been seen as uniform and high, and its form as topical, the jury’s reasoning continues. Aivan has formed a design DNA of its own, and the internal design management of the agency is well managed and logical. Marketing has not been very visible, and it seems that work done well has created new opportunities. The agency’s good reputation has carried it onwards and towards growth.
The members of the Kaj Franck Design Prize jury of 2019 were CEO Petteri Kolinen / Design Forum Finland, Advocate Pentti Kivinen / Finnish Fair Fondation, CEO Ia Adlercreutz / Co-founders, Vice President, Professor Anna Valtonen / Aalto University, and designer Heikki Orvola.
Kaj Franck Design Prize 2019: Jarkko Jämsén, Minka Koukkunen, Aleksi Kuokka, Antti Mäkelä, Aki Suvanto, Saku Sysiö – Aivan
8 November 2019–12 January 2020
Design Museum Gallery, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki
Photo: Paavo Lehtonen