Fennia Prize 22 – success stories of design

Concepting the Finnish daycare centre into a product that can be exported brought Fennia Prize Grand Prix of €15,000 to Helsinki International Schools.

HEI Schools is a concept based on the Finnish National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care. According to the prize jury, HEI Schools is a good example of social design where the use of design has increased diversity and children’s quality of life. HEI Schools is Finnish know-how and immaterial value export at its best.

Fennia Prize is one of Finland’s most prominent design competitions. It is arranged by Design Forum Finland and Fennia in cooperation with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office and Elo. The competition awards companies and organisations that use design extensively in their business operations. This can become evident in many different ways through products, services or business concepts, for example.

In addition to Fennia Prize Grand Prix, four Fennia Prize Winner prizes of €5,000 each are awarded in 2022. The receivers are Ponsse Oyj for the new Ponsse Scorpion’s Future Cabin, Posti Group Oyj for its service renewal, Nokian Raskaat Renkaat Oy for Nokian Tyres Ground King with Intuitu™ smart tyres, and Myssyfarmi Oy for the Myssy concept.

The following nine companies receive a Fennia Prize Honourable Mention: Framery Oy (Framery One workspace), Genelec Oy (Genelec 6040R Smart Active Speaker), Hologic / Mobidiag Oy (Novodiag® System diagnostics platform), Isku-Yhtymä Oy (MyFlow furniture family), Kempower (Fast charging solution for electric vehicles), Mysoda Oy (Mysoda Woody water carbonator), Ponsia Oy (Contemporary art as part of design and architecture, a service concept), Tablebed Oy (Tablebed –From table to bed in 10 seconds) and Vaisala Oyj (Indigo handheld instrument).

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office also gives out the IPR Excellence prize, €5,000 in total, for the commendable protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). In 2022 the prize is awarded to two companies, Genelec Oy for the protection of its model rights, patents and trademarks, and for Mysoda Oy for the protection of its trademark and model rights.

The members of the competition jury of 2022 were Hanna Länsivuori / Fennia, Anna Lauttamus-Kauppila / Finnish Patent and Registration Office, Julia Lohmann / Aalto University, Jamin Hu / Port 6, Petteri Lillberg / Demos Helsinki, Jesse Maula / Avidly and Joakim Karske / Design Forum Finland as the chairperson of the jury.

Fennia Prize 22 is a part of Design Forum Finland Awards, which also includes Design Forum Finland’s other prizes, Kaj Franck Design Prize and Young Designer of the Year. DFF Awards exhibition is open for the public at Glasshouse Helsinki 5–28 May 2022.

Press images are downloadable here.

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DFF Awards prize exhibition, Glass House Helsinki, photos by Ella Tommila

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