The €5,000 award granted by the Finnish Fair Foundation was divided between Jaakko Siltanen and Matti Sandberg, Samuli Naamanka and Mika Ihanus, and Kasper Nyman. The winner was selected by the curator of the exhibition, Simo Heikkilä, and a jury of four members. In addition, PEFC Finland, the main cooperation partner of the exhibition, awarded high-quality Finnish timber worth €1,500 to the work of Meri-Tuuli Porras, whose design demonstrated the best use of certified wood. The EcoDesign exhibition will be shown at the Habitare fair at Messukeskus in Helsinki, from 9 to 13 September.
The participating designers chose the premise of their design from four thematic categories:
• An interior design product made of PEFC-certified wood and UPM Grada, a thermoformable wood material. The wood for the designs selected for the exhibition was provided by UPM.
• An outdoor light fitting for garden use, based on ecologically sound materials and energy-efficient LED technology.
• A planter for useful plants in a home garden, for placement indoors or outdoors, such as on the balcony, taking into account year-round use.
• A trolley for the sale of coffee and tea in offices and at exhibitions and trade fairs, and for use in pop-up activities, indoors or outdoors.
In addition to demonstrating high design quality, the designs were to address issues related to environmental friendliness in manufacturing; material choice; the manufacturing process; packaging and logistics; durability; maintainability; and recyclability. The designs were to take into account the entire life-cycle of the product.
In the end, Simo Heikkilä decided to divide the Finnish Fair Foundation award between Jaakko Siltanen and Matti Sandberg, Samuli Naamanka and Mika Ihanus, and Kasper Nyman, because their designs best met the criteria of the exhibition. Jaakko Siltanen and Matti Sandberg received €3,000, Samuli Naamanka and Mika Ihanus €1,500, and Kasper Nyman €500. In addition, the jury gave an honourable mention to Irina Pått. In addition to Simo Heikkilä, the jury members were: the interior architect Kaisa Blomstedt from Studio Kaisa B, the marketing manager Juha Uppa from PEFC Finland, the expert Riitta Lempiäinen from Motiva, and the producer Jari Pirhonen from the advertising agency Valo. The exhibition features a total of 30 designs.
PEFC Finland award goes to Meri-Tuuli Porras
PEFC Finland decided to give their award to the designer Meri-Tuuli Porras.
The award consisted of high-quality Finnish timber from Fiskarin Laatupuu, worth €1,500.
The cooperation partners of the EcoDesign exhibition are: PEFC Finland, Toyota Auto Finland, Motiva, Isku, WWF Finland, UPM, and Fiskarin Laatupuu. The exhibition is also supported by the Otto A. Malm Foundation.
More information on the EcoDesign exhibition:
Linda Tavio tel. +358 45 1366 283, email@example.com
More information on the Habitare fair:
Johanna Suni, tel. +358 40 515 4216, firstname.lastname@example.org