Ceramic artist Matias Liimatainen receives the Young Designer of the Year prize in 2020.
The works of Matias Liimatainen (born 1989) tread the fine line between functional objects and art. He creates original, sculptural figures, jewellery and lighting units from ceramics, glass and wood. He utilises techniques which are time-consuming and often self-developed. The finished product may seem like it is not ceramic at all, and his works consist of layers and insights, noted the prize jury.
According to the jury, Liimatainen’s works are dynamic, and he captures moods in small, life-like things. He uses colour boldly and creates objects that can be viewed from any angle. “Matias Liimatainen has a touching and strong signature style that stands out from the rest. His identity is powerful and he works in a distinct way. Despite his young age, Liimatainen has been very productive and worked with a steady hand. Becoming a designer takes more than just talent – it requires getting your hands dirty. This is evident in Matias Liimatainen’s determined approach to work,” stated the prize jury.
The prize sum is €5,000 and in 2018–2020 it also includes participation in IF Studios, the artist-in-residence program of the Finnish Institute in France in Paris. The IF Studios residence program supports the internationalization of Finnish artists, curators and other creative professionals in France.
Design Forum Finland’s Young Designer of the Year prize was established in 2000 and it it awarded now for the 19th time.
The prize jury of 2020 consisted of CEO Petteri Kolinen / Design Forum Finland, MA Mikko Paakkanen, designer Saara Renvall / Creative Studio Renvall and Director Johanna Råman / Institut finlandais.
Young Designer of the Year is part of Design Forum Finland Awards and is part of DFF Awards exhibition on 20 August – 6 September 2020 at Exhibition Centre WeeGee in Espoo.
Press images can be downloaded from here.