Kaj Franck Design Prize 2016: Juhani Salovaara

Professor, industrial designer Juhani Salovaara has followed a long and wide-ranging career as a designer and design entrepreneur. He is one of Finland’s first designers to have specialised in industrial design since the beginning of his career.

Juhani Salovaara has worked in many areas of industry and through his design studio Ergonomiadesign he has been involved in introducing ergonomics and the principles of user-based design in Finland. His work as a proponent of responsible design has continued by taking account of environmental matters in design.

Juhani Salovaara’s views, which have been ahead of their times, originated already in the late 1960s when he worked for the Philips corporation’s design department in the Netherlands. His international career continued as a board member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) in the mid-1970s. Juhani Salovaara has taught industrial design and served as professor at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and Aalto University, where his work included establishing the renowned International Design Business Management (IDBM) programme.

Photo: Liisa Valonen


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