Instituted in 2000 and now in its 12th year, Design Forum Finland’s Young Designer of the Year Prize is awarded to one or several individuals or to a team who exhibit fresh and creative concepts and skills in design.
In this year’s event, held in Helsinki, the jury was comprised of Executive Director Katri Soramäki, Professor Timo Salli, Chief Curator Suvi Saloniemi and CEO Mikko Kalhama.
Mari Isopahkala – a freelance designer who studied furniture and interior design at the Lahti Institute of Design and graduated as Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (present-day Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture) – was selected by the jury due to her solid professional approach. Her work represents traditional authorship in design while simultaneously propelling it forward and crossing boundaries.
Iina Vuorivirta – also from Lahti Institute of Design, as well as Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, and who is currently working on her Master of Arts degree at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm – was noted by the jury for the unique and surprising nature of her work. Vuorivirta challenges the field of design with her quest for finding new expression and new forms of design.
The €5000 prize is bestowed to young designers to encourage them to continue to create original and uncompromising work in the field of design.