Finnish Designer Awards ’10
15th April – 30th May 2010
Finnish Norwegian Culture Institute
Kristian Augusts gate 5
Finnish Designer Awards ’10
Association of professional graphic designers Grafia and Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo award annually six distinguished designers. Finnish Designer Awards have been now selected for the year 2010.
The Finnish Designer Awards concept has been revamped:
from this year the awards will be given in mid January. The aim of this change is to enhance the exhibition’s international tour. The Finnish Designer Awards ‘10 publication will be published in January 2010 together with the exhibition at Design Forum Finland in Helsinki.
Graphic Designer of the Year 2010
Sami Kortemäki founded Underware in 1999 together with his student time friends and colleagues Akiem Helmling from Germany and Bas Jacobs from Holland. Underware hasstood out with its high-quality and concise but thought-out selection and distinctive practices and become one of the world’s most famous independent
font design companies.
Furniture Designer of the Year 2010
Interior Architect Timo Ripatti's designs represent absolute designer character, confidence and topical vision. He also got the 2009 Furniture Award for the design of ELLIPSI chair awarded by the Association of Interior Architects SIO.
Ceramic Artist of the Year 2010
Ceramic Artist Kirsi Kivivirta’s mosaic-like works are meticulously thought through with their fine detailing. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and workshops in Finland and abroad. Kivivirta also makes unique ceramic decorative tiles and seats on commission. Her prominent brick wall mural ‘Walls Talking Walls’ is constructed to a block of flats in Arabianranta, Helsinki.
Fashion Designer of the Year 2010
From the beginning of her career Fashion Designer Kia Koski has been specialised in sports and leisure wear. She has worked in the Finnish Fashion Industry since the early 1980’s. Koski’ s expertise can be seen in clothes designed for the Scandinavian climate with extreme weather conditions.
Textile Artist of the Year 2010
Textile Artist Aino Kajaniemi’s tapestries have been exhibited in numerous Finnish and international exhibitions. They have been bought for private and public spaces as for example church textiles. The motifs closely reflect the moods, feelings and situations linked to people’s lives.
Industrial Designer of the Year 2010
Arni Aromaa & Sauli Suomela
The industrial designers Arni Aromaa and Sauli Suomela are the founders of the nine-person Pentagon Design and act as the company's design directors. The company operates within the fields of product design, strategic design and concept design.
In 2006 the organisations decided to join the different awards and events into one Finnish Designer Awards Event, which also includes an annual publication and an international touring exhibition.
The Designer Awards 2007 exhibition was exhibited in Berlin where it became a success amongst the public and within the media. The 2008 exhibition will travel in 2009 to Brussels in mid-September, Eindhoven in October and Madrid in November where Finnish Design will be extensively presented during the Month of Finnish Design (Mes del Diseño Finlandés).
Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo:
Lena Strömberg, Secretary General, tel +358 9 68777 477, +358 40 5057988 lena.stromberg(at)ornamo.fi or office(at)ornamo.fi
Association of Professional Graphic Designers in Finland Grafia:
Katja Ojala, Communications Officer, katja.ojala(at)grafia.fi
tel. +358 9 601 942, +358 40 8473 875