| Jul 6, 2012 |
Habitare’s EcoDesign to feature 47 designers from 14 countries
Boh staff
By Staff

A total of 47 designers from 14 countries were selected for Habitare’s international EcoDesign exhibition. Exhibition curator Kristiina Lassus reviewed nearly a hundred entries and selected the designs that best responded to the theme. The brief for the designers was to create a wooden, ecologically sound interior design article or piece of furniture. The selected designs will be presented at the Habitare fair at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, from September 12-16.

Curator Kristiina Lassus, courtesy of M. Pirovano.

Lassus emphasized wood as the raw material and an ecologically sound design process, in accordance with the brief and exhibition theme. Other selection criteria included originality in design, novelty of concept and technical applicability.

“The brief was very challenging and most of the entries fulfilled the criteria well, so the differences were quite marginal. In my appraisal, I emphasised ecological aspects but also expected the designs to be functional, practical, original and conceptually sound,” says Lassus.

The exhibited designers include well-known names from Finland and abroad, such as Harri Koskinen, Tapio Anttila, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Karim Rashid, Alfredo Häberli and James Irvine. New, up-and-coming designers will also be featured.

At the exhibition opening, the designer or designer group whose creation best meets the set criteria will be awarded a €5,000 prize, donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation.

The exhibition’s cooperation partners include UPM, WWF, Motiva, Häfele, Salpaus Further Education and Finnish Forest Industries. The exhibition architecture will be handcrafted from UPM’s WISA plywood and Lamwood board by cabinetmakers at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences Institute of Design. The EcoDesign exhibition is produced by Jari Pirhonen from the advertising agency Valo, and organised by the Finnish Fair Corporation.

EcoDesign 2012 designers

1. Abe, Yuki & Salonen, Anna / mottoWASABI - Finland

2. Anttila, Tapio - Finland

3. Cappa, Juan - Sweden

4. Elo, Susan - Finland

5. Falk, Tuula - Finland

6. Furukawa, Jun - Japan

7. Hai, Fang - China

8. Haoming, Zhou - China

9. Harni, Pekka - Finland

10. Hederström, Louise - Sweden

11. Hefer, Porky - South-Africa

12. Helenius, Elina - Finland

13. Hoisko, Timo - Finland

14. Holmberg, Kaarle - Finland

15. Huuskonen, Sami - Finland

16. Häberli, Alfredo - Switzerland

17. Irvine, James - Italy/UK

18. Kankkunen, Matti - Finland

19. Karhunen, Teemu - Finland

20. Karinen, Juri - Finland

21. Kermik, Jüri - Estonia/UK

22. Kober, Eva - Finland

23. Korpela, Matti - Finland

24. Koskinen, Harri - Finland

25. Krusin, Marc - Italy/Mexico

26. Kukkapuro, Yrjö - Finland

27. Kuntsi, Miska - Finland

28. Känsälä, Kaisa - Finland

29. Lahtua-Supply, Anneli & Supply, Marc - Finland/Belgium

30. Laihinen, Jalmari - Finland

31. Lappalainen, Isko & Murtonen, Mikko / iam Design - Finland

32. Leonteva, Lubov / Ludi Architects - Russia

33. Mecklin, Max - Finland

34. Merz, Rudi - Finland

35. Nyman, Kasper - Finland

36. Pasanen, Kirsi & Kentta, Mikko / Muoto2 - Finland

37. Rashid, Karim - USA

38. Ristimäki, Mikko - Finland

39. Ruoho, Heikki - Finland

40. Rygalik, Tomek - Poland

41. Sandelin, Sebastian - Finland

42. Serpola, Simo - Finland

43. Syrjälä Matti & Palomaa, Anna / Kaamos - Finland

44. Takahashi, Yuka - Finland/Japan

45. Taskinen, Ahti - Finland

46. Toivanen, Markus - Finland

47. Wiherheimo, Yrjö - Finland

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