Red Dot has named Fiskars Design Team, led by Petteri Masalin, as this year's 'Red Dot: Design Team of the Year.' "It was 30 years ago that Fiskars won its first distinction in the Red Dot Award: Product Design," commented Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award. "Ever since, the company's products have been winning over not just our jury but also myself. The design team's creations are characterized by their ergonomic and user-friendly nature. The technological innovations and groundbreaking combinations of materials together with the understated matter-of-factness make these products really quite special. I want to congratulate the title winners very sincerely on this extraordinary design achievement."
Making the everyday extraordinary - with this goal in mind, Masalin and his design team create premium-quality products for the garden, cooking and crafting enthusiasts. With groundbreaking innovations, a natural approach, unparalleled functionality, ergonomics and the right balance between complexity and simplicity, the designers won over the jury for the Red Dot Award: Product Design a number of times.
"Our team is extremely proud to receive this title of honor which celebrates our tradition of nurturing good design," Masalin said. "Ever since Fiskars was founded, we have stayed true to our strong heritage and DNA while being bold and innovative. To us, it's always about staying curious about the world while being loyal to our roots."
Established in 1649 as an ironworks in a small Finnish village of the same name, Fiskars has grown to become a leading global supplier of consumer products. In 1967, the company launched the first pair of universal scissors on the market. The combination of plastic and metal created light, precision scissors with an ergonomic plastic handle in bright orange. The product was designed by Olof Bäckström and quickly became a hallmark of the Fiskars brand.
Nowadays, the company produces all kinds of scissors - for work in the kitchen or for crafting. The range furthermore includes garden appliances, frying pans, kitchen knives, axes and watering systems.
Photo: by Kari Pyykînen, Courtesy of Red Dot