Design Forum Newsletter September 2019

Laura Väre – Young Designer of the Year

Furniture designer Laura Väre’s selection as Young Designer of the Year 2019 was recently publicized and now her prize exhibition will open at Lokal + Gallery on Annankatu in Helsinki.

The prize jury especially paid attention to Laura Väre’s interesting design idiom which, along with visuality and communications, creates a unique brand. She herself describes her style as minimalist, although the stripped-down style of the furniture allows for unusual details: long fringes an the lamp shade, big loop for hanging up the mirror, a coatrack and shoerack leaning to opposite directions.

As a designer, Väre is a solid professional, taking the customer’s and the production’s needs into account. The most important thing in her work is that the cooperation with the client is fluent and they trust the designer’s insight. The work is successful when the client is content – and also when Laura Väre has found out something that makes the product more interesting than usually.

Last spring Laura Väre finished her studies of furniture design at the Aalto University. Previous to this, she had graduated as a metal artisan, and studied furniture design at Lahti Institute of Design. Her strong background both in materials and in design guarantees a head start in her career. In near future her agenda includes the prize exhibition, plus a presentation at The Block area of young designers in Habitare interior, design and furniture fair. In early 2020 she will participate in the artist-in-residence program of the Finnish Institute in France in Paris, which is part of the Young Designer of the Year prize.

Laura Väre’s prize exhibition is one of Helsinki Design Week’s events. It is open for the public starting on Wed 4 September at Lokal+ gallery on Annankatu, Helsinki. The exhibition is open until Sunday 15 September. Laura will be present in her exhibition at the Meet the Designer event on Saturday 14 September at 1pm–4pm.

Laura Väre’s interview and more info about the Young Designer of the Year prize can be found here.

Young Designer of the Year Laura Väre

4–15 September 2019
Lokal+, Annankatu 11, Helsinki

Photo Aleksi Tikkala