Design Forum Finland unveiled the winners of its 2013 Young Designer of the Year Prize. The Award was instituted in 2000.
Mari Isopahkala is a freelance designer who studied furniture and interior design at the Lahti Institute of Design and graduated as Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The jury underlined her solid professional approach to her work and output. Mari Isopahkala represents traditional authorship in design while boldly leading it forward and crossing boundaries.
Iina Vuorivirta studied product design at the Lahti Institute of Design and Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm. She is currently working on her Master of Arts degree at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm. The award jury particularly noted the surprising and different nature of Iina Vuorivirta's work. Seeking new expression and new forms of design, Vuorivirta challenges the design field with her alternative ways of designing.
The winners' work is on view at the Design Forum Showroom through August 11, 2013.