Pekka Harni has received Finnish Industrial Designer of the Year 2011 award!

Industrial designer of the year ’11 was awarded to Pekka Harni during the opening ceremony of the mutoilijat ’11 Finnish Desginer Awards exhibition at the Design Forum Finland on 13.01.2011.

The Finnish Association of Designers, Ornamo have awarded their commendable members with professional recognition since 1981. The criteria for the presentation of awards include innovation, artistic quality, topicality, interest value or a long meritorious career.

The Finnish Association of Designers, Ornamo was established in 1911. It has more than 1,700 members working in the fields of industrial design, interior architecture, fashion and textile design as well as crafts and applied arts. Finnish Designer Awards ’11 begins the celebration of Ornamo’s 100 years anniversary.

download the booklet here muotoilijat11_web.pdf

Ornamo’s award winners 2011:

Industrial Designer of the Year Pekka Harni

“What stands out in Pekka Harni’s work are the continuation of Kaj Franck’s ethical and moral design tradition and a marked support for sustainable development. Harni’s teaching and design work is profound and insightful. Honesty and open disclosure of one’s firm position form the essential part of Harni’s designer identity.” – the Association of Industrial designers Finland TKO

Fashion Designer of the Year Jasmiine Julin-Aro

Interior Architect of the Year Vertti Kivi

Artist of the Year Janna Syvänoja

Textile Artist of the Year Heli Tuori-Luutonen

Grafia’s award winner 2011:

Graphic Designer of the Year Agent Pekka

Muotoilijat ’11 – Finnish Designer Awards ’11 exhibition
14th january– 13th February 2011
Design Forum Finland
Erottajankatu 7 Helsinki Finland

touring exhibition:
Finnish-Norweigian cultural institute, Oslo, Norway 18.8.–18.9.2011
Finnish Institute in Stockholm, Sweden 6.10.–3.11.2011

Exhibition design by Harni-Takahashi.


further information:

Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo:
Petra Ilonen, Producer, Secretariat / Design, petra.ilonen(at)
tel +358 9 687 77 422, +358 46 8782 572

Pekka Harni’s radio interview at yle radio. ( only in Finnsh)
Listen here:
Kultakuume: Vuoden muotoilijahuiput ( kesto 06.33 min. )