EcoDesign 2013 exhibition continued with the theme of wood material

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 the Curator Toshiyuki Kita.

Curator of the EcoDesign exhibition was Japanese Industrial designer Toshiyuki Kita. 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.

Four designers were awarded in the opening of the exhibition on the18th of September 2013. Prize of EUR5000 granted by The Finnish Fair Foundation shared among three designers. Ludi Architects (Russia) received EUR3000, Rudi Merz (Finland) and Tero Kuitunen (Finland) received both EUR1000.

The main partner of the exhibition Lexus Finland granted EUR1500 Lexus Creating Amazing Award to Timo Ripatti (Finland). Curator Toshiyuki Kita was the Head of Jury.

The EcoDesign Special Exhibition is produced by Advertising Agency Valo and organised by the Finnish Fair Corporation. The first EcoDesign Special Exhibition, held in September 2009 in conjunction with Habitare, showcased unique ecological chairs by over 80 designers from 16 different countries.