Laura Väre is Design Forum Finland’s Young Designer of the Year 2019

Laura Väre (b. 1989) is a Helsinki-based designer who recently finished her Master’s studies in furniture design at the Aalto University. Prior to her studies at Aalto, she graduated as a metal artisan, and studied furniture design at Lahti Design Institute. Along with her studies, she has been working as a freelance designer with various design projects for several years now.

According to the prize jury, Laura Väre is a fine example of a determined and creative young designer who has succeeded in bringing new ideas to traditional furniture design. Her work has been purposeful and forward-looking both in Finland and abroad. She has a distinct and interesting design idiom which also includes communications, creating a harmonious and unique brand. Laura Väre’s oeuvre is versatile and comprises several interior product segments, such as ordinary pieces of furniture, coat racks and lighting fixtures. Products designed by her often carry fine functional inventions and new techniques, and materials have been used innovatively and in a versatile way.

Design Forum Finland’s Young Designer of the Year prize was established in 2000 and it it awarded now for the 18th time. It can be given to one or several individuals or a team exhibiting new, creative concepts and skills in design. The purpose of the prize is to encourage young designers to carry on uncompromising and original work in design.

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. The year 2020 of Institut finlandais will start with the visit of the Young Designer of the Year 2019 Laura Väre at IF Studios and her prize exhibition in Paris.

The prize jury of 2019 consisted of CEO Petteri Kolinen / Design Forum Finland, MA Mikko Paakkanen, designer Saara Renvall / Creative Studio Renvall and Director Johanna Råman / Institut finlandais

Laura Väre’s prize exhibition is open at Lokal + Gallery in Helsinki 4–15 September 2019. Her works will also be on show at The Block area of Habitare interior, design and furniture fair. Laura Väre will be present in her exhibition at Lokal + at the Meet the designer event on Saturday 14 September at 1pm–4pm.


Young Designer of the Year 2019: Laura Väre
4–15 September 2019 Lokal +, Annankatu 11, Helsinki
Open Tue–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 11am–4pm, Sun noon–4pm, closed on Mondays, free entrance

Photo: Aleksi Tikkala