The designers’ brief was to create and present wooden pieces of furniture and interior design articles, or new, insightful and necessary commercial wood-based solutions. The entries had to be made from 80% wood and 20% some other environmentally friendly material. We received approximately a 100 entries, of which 45 were chosen to the exhibition by Japanese Industrial designer Toshiyuki Kita, who acted as the curator.
Toshiyuki Kita works in both Japan and Italy. He has designed many hit products for German, Italian and Japanese manufacturers. Kita’s clients include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Cassina, Moroso, Magis, Stile Life, Ms System, Miz, Ligne ROSET and Giorgetti. He also designs traditional
Japanese handicrafts. Kita’s designs have been included in the collections of museums around the world, including the MoMA in New York and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. He has had two exhibitions in Helsinki, in 1992 and in 1999. He is Associate Dean and Professor of Osaka University of Arts.
Students Erika Ahola and Sanelma Hihnala from Aalto University of Art and Design were in charge of the exhibition architecture. The supervisor of the project was the Assistant Curator, Professor Jouko Järvisalo.
Images of the exhibition are available here.
The Finnish Fair Foundation’s prize of EUR 5000 was shared among Ludi Architects (Russia) EUR 3000, Rudi Merz (Finland) EUR 1000 and Tero Kuitunen &Bros (Finland) EUR 1000.
The main partner of the exhibition, Lexus Finland granted the Lexus Creating Amazing award of EUR 1500 to Timo Ripatti (Finland). The winners were chosen by curator Toshiyuki Kita who acted as chair of jury.
Aalto, Elina & Klaus/Aalto+Aalto
Abe, Yuki & Salonen, Anna / mottoWASABI
Elo, Susan & Lahtinen, Sami
Kentta, Mikko / Muoto2
Mustikainen, Olli & Nyman, Jari
Nevari, Julianna & Turunen, Saana
Pasanen, Kirsi & / Muoto2
Silvennoinen, Antti-Jussi & Kuivamäki Pekka
Turpeinen, Pasi & Markkula, Leevi