The third international EcoDesign exhibition held in conjunction with the Habitare Fair at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre 14 – 18 September 2011. The exhibition presented ecological and MultiFunctional products. German Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic invited as guest of honour.
EcoDesign Special Exhibition 2011 wanted to bring the functional usage of space to fore front, which is quite challenging. By “MultiFunction” meant that the product can be functional by the usage of space or the product can be multifunctional itself.
Konstantin Grcic (b. 1965) is one of the world’s most important Industrial designers. Grcic was named Design Miami’s 2010 Designer of the Year, and the same year he won the Wallpaper Design Award in the category of Furniture designer of the year.
The producer and Konstantin Grcic invited top-class international designers and young talents from Finland and abroad to take part in the exhibition. Over a hundred products were showcased.
Images of the exhibition are available here.
Two awards were granted at the Habitare’s EcoDesign special exhibition. The Finnish Fair Foundation granted a EUR 5000 recognition award, which was shared among three designers. Tapio Anttila (Finland) and Björn Dahlström (Sweden) both received EUR 2000 and Eeva Lithovius (Finland) received
EUR 1000. The main partner of the exhibition, Sampo Bank Private Banking, granted the Beyond the Ordinary prize of EUR 2000 to the designer duo Elina and Klaus Aalto (Finland). The guest of honour, German Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic was chair of jury.
Aalto, Elina & Klaus
Abe, Yuki & Salonen, Anna
Humans since 1982
Kankkunen, Matti & Ikäheimo, Anniina
& Kinnunen, Helena & Lasse
Matti & Hoisko, Timo
Lahtua-Supply, Anneli & Supply, Marc
Laihinen, Jalmari & Hannula, Mikko
Ripatti, Timo & Koit, Katrin
Smedt De, Julien
Taskinen, Ahti Theselius, Mats
Wang, Suoling & students (6 designers)
Xiaojie, Geng & students (13 designers)
Zhang, Zhang & Li, Jianyou