Home Revisited

How will your home look in the future? Asko Foundation launched for its 50th anniversary year the Home Revisited design competition that strives to make us understand what future homes will be like. This international multidisciplinary competition aims at generating new commercially significant products that meet the needs of future residents.



Grand Prize 30,000€


WCless’ temporarily alters a normal toilet into a waterless one. In general 8 visits ... Read more

Golden Prize 15,000€


Cubiculum is a timeless, sensual and intimate haven for natural rest for a ... Read more

Winner 10,000€


Drow creates a meaningful space by repurposing windows. Drow is a smart growing ... Read more

Honor 2,000€


Homeful is an emergency kit for those who have lost their home. Inspired ... Read more


8 families in a single soul

As the world confronts future rapid population growth, human habitation conditions will continue ... Read more


Lakea is a multifuntional table with a seamless touchscreen surface. The table is ... Read more


Lokero makes sending and receiving deliveries convenient by bringing the place of trade ... Read more


The OFF keyboard is inspired by the scientific data that keyboards can contain ... Read more


Piilo is a family dinner table with a tableware container. By combining these ... Read more


Sokia is a new type of venetian blind, which also works inversely, bringing ... Read more


Main Prize of Home Revisited design competition awarded to innovation saving clean water

The €30,000 main prize of Asko Foundation’s Home Revisited design competition has been given to the innovation WCless’, which temporarily converts a normal toilet into a waterless one. The competition is one of the largest design awards in Finland, given to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Asko Foundation. The competition aims to create new … Continue reading “Main Prize of Home Revisited design competition awarded to innovation saving clean water”

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The finalists of the innovation-seeking Home Revisited competition have been published

Ten entries compete for the first prize at the Home Revisited design competition. Organized to celebrate Asko Foundation’s 50th anniversary, it is looking for solutions for future homes. The ten finalists of the Home Revisited competition have been published. Organized to celebrate Asko Foundation’s 50th anniversary, this international competition is looking for innovative solutions to … Continue reading “The finalists of the innovation-seeking Home Revisited competition have been published”

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The Home Revisited design competition gathered 152 entries

The Home Revisited design competition received a total of 152 entries. The competition, launched by the Asko Foundation to celebrate their 50th anniversary, strives to create new innovations for the home of the future.

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Submit your entry by 31 December 2016

The competition strives to create new innovations for the home of the future. Many factors will impact future living developments, such as environmental questions, redefining the concept of family, multiculturalism, the aging population, and digitalisation.

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International design competition to launch at Helsinki Design Week – looking for home innovations

Asko Foundation’s new design competition ‘Home Revisited’ is looking for innovations to make the homes of the future. The competition is to launch on Helsinki Design Week’s opening day 1 September 2016.

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Home revisited exhibition at Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, Hämeentie 135, from 7 September to 22 October 2017


Hannu Kähönen, chairman

Hannu_kuvaHannu Kähönen is industrial designer and founder and CEO of Helsinki-based design office Creadesign Oy.

He has spent his career advancing Finnish design, curated many exhibitions in Finland and abroad, and with his office he has participated in dozens of shows around the world. Over the years, Kähönen has served in various positions of trust in the design field, including Chairman of the Board of the Helsinki Design Museum, Chairman of National Industrial Arts Committee, and member of Finnish Central Arts Committee. Kähönen lectures in universities, cultural and educational events, and commercial seminars in Finland and internationally.

Pentti Kareoja


Pentti Kareoja is architect and professor of spatial design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture as well as a partner in ARK-house architects. Kareoja was editor-in-chief of Arkkitehti magazine from 1992 to 1995. His design projects in Helsinki include Info Centre Korona in Viikki, Audiovisual School in Arabianranta, and Seamen’s Centre in Vuosaari. He has been recognized with European Architectural Prize in 1995, the SIO award in 2002, Finnish State Award for Architecture in 2002, and Steel Construction Award of the Year.

Kareoja has held various national and international positions of trust, received design awards, and participated in the juries of more than 30 architectural competitions.

Helena Sandman

Helena-sandmanHelena Sandman is a founding partner of Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects and Ukumbi NGO.

The main part of their work since 1995 has been for low resource communities in Africa. Their work is exhibited for the third time at the Venice Architecture Biennale this year. Currently Helena Sandman is a doctoral candidate at Aalto University, Helsinki. Her subject is housing in fast growing cities in the developing world with the focus on the meaning of home and the participation of the people involved in the process of change.




Eric C. Yim

Eric Yim_4_kuvaProf. Eric C. Yim, Founder and Chief Designer of POSH Office Systems (HK) Limited, is a Cambridge-trained architect-turned-furniture designer who has successfully built his office furniture business from a small local company to a global brand with sales network in over 40 countries worldwide.

In addition to running his own business, Prof. Yim serves as Chairman of Hong Kong Design Centre, Chairman of Design Council of Hong Kong, Chairman of Hong Kong Furniture & Decoration Trade Association, Chairman of Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation, Deputy Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Deputy Chairman of Vocational Training Council, Court Member of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, adviser to Hong Kong Design Institute, Director of Ocean Park Corporation and Board Member of Zuni Icosahedron.

Jane Withers

jane_2Jane Withers is a design strategy consultant, curator and commentator on design. Jane graduated in art history at the Courtauld Institute and has an MA in design history from the Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum. After a successful career as a journalist, Jane set up her own design consultancy in 2001 working with innovative brands, companies and institutions internationally to advise on strategy, creative direction and design development, and curate design programmes, exhibitions and collections. Jane teaches and speaks internationally, and has served on numerous juries, and advisory boards. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary fellowship by University of Westminster for services to the environment.

Competition programme and rules


Asko Oy was a strong influence in the revolutional transformation of the Finnish home. Home improvement is also an essential part of Asko Foundation’s activity. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation, its board has decided to organize an international design competition of high standard called Home Revisited.

Home as a concept, an environment and a service and related products have taken considerable steps forward since the beginning of the last century and after the second World War. Home has gone through an immense change in the wake of social and environmental urbanization. Among international competition, Finland has the opportunity to design and manufacture such products and services that accommodate future changes. Design together with multidisciplinary expertise shall play a major role in the future.

Living developments will be influenced by many factors, such as environmental questions, redefining the concept of family, multiculturalism, the aging population, and digitalization. Contestants are challenged to explore the concept of home from every angle, from service design to spatial solutions, product design, technical solutions, and all types of combinations of these. This international multidisciplinary competition aims at creating new commercially significant production that meets the needs of future residents.
The competition is open to both professionals and students. Participants can enroll individually or in groups of 2 to 5 persons.

Competition partner is Ornamo



The competition is held from 1 September 2016 to 1 June 2017.
It is organised in two phases.
Entries for the first phase shall be submitted by 31 December 2016 at 5 p.m.
After the first phase, ten (10) entries are selected to continue in the competition. The contestants selected will be informed about their participation by 1 February 2017.
The designers/teams selected for the second phase shall submit their work by 1 June 2017 at 5 p.m.
The winners are selected in August 2017. The works accepted into the finals will be exhibited during Helsinki Design Week from 7 to 17 September 2017.
The winner of the first prize will be informed by 15 August 2017, and other winners are to be announced at the opening of the exhibition on 7 September 2017.


The entries to the competition are to be submitted in PDF format by uploading them to the digital form that is available on the Asko Foundation website.

They must be compressed into .zip files of maximum 10 MB in size.

The entries must be presented in horizontal A3 size on 1 to 3 pages. Layout of the presentation can be chosen freely.

The entries should be submitted in English.

The entries to the competition will not be returned to the contestants. Works submitted digitally are deleted after the competition.

Please notice! Due to the anonymity reasons, the application text and file cannot include any personal details.


The first phase of the competition shortlists ten (10) entries that receive a prize of 2,000 €.

The second phase selects three (3) winners that receive the following prizes:

Grand Prize 30,000 €
Golden Prize 15,000 €
Winner 10,000 €



The Home Revisited design competition is organised by the Asko Foundation. The Asko Foundation supports Finnish design and the development of the cultural environment and the local environment of quality development of industrial products. Helsinki Design Week/Luovi Productions Oy bears the responsibility for the production of the competition.
The name, logo and mission statement of the Asko Foundation must be displayed prominently in all of the communications and marketing materials of the design competition.


This design competition is carried out in two phases. The first phase is open, and after that ten (10) of the contestants will be invited to participate in the second phase. Before the first phase, the Asko Foundation is to hold an opening seminar for potential participants in conjunction with Helsinki Design Week 2016. The competition will be launched at the seminar, and entries to it must be submitted by the end of 2016.

The second phase of the competition shortlists ten entries among which the three winning proposals are selected. All of the participants in the competition are judged using the same criteria.


The purpose of the Asko Foundation’s design competition is to understand what home will mean in the future. Living developments will be influenced by many new factors, such as environmental questions, redefining the concept of family, multiculturalism, the aging population, and digitalization. The competition seeks solutions to these and many other domestic changes. The objective of the competition is to generate commercially viable products that correspond to the functional needs of future homes. The competition reviews living and homes in a multidisciplinary way through service design, spatial solutions, product design, and technical solutions, as well as through any combination of the above.


The Home Revisited design competition is an international competition particularly targeted at design and architecture professionals and students, to be participated individually or as a team of 2 to 5 persons. The competition is open to professionals and students of other fields, too. Competition languages are Finnish and English. The entries should be submitted primarily in English.

Persons associated with the organizing association cannot participate in the competition. Only previously unpublished work can be submitted to the competition. Entries must be submitted by 31 December 2016. Entries submitted after the above mentioned date will not be accepted. Each participant or participating team may only submit one entry. Entries are to be submitted in PDF format.

If entries submitted in the first phase do not meet the quality criteria defined by the committee, the committee can extend the entrance period and further define the assignment and judging criteria.



The works considered for an award should be products for the home (furniture, electronics), a space solution, a service or a combination of these.
Awarded entries must demonstrate a high level of design expertise and use of interdisciplinary ideas. The jury will pay attention to the innovativeness of the entries and their fitness for use, potential for commercial and industrial production (fabricability, distribution channels, need/desirability, marketing plan, branding), design quality (usability, aesthetics), and clear and understandable presentation. The jury evaluates feasibility autonomously.


Any entries that have not been submitted within the deadline defined by the competition programme or that do not compy with the rules of the competition will be excluded. Exclusion from the competition is decided on by the jury.


This design competition consists of two phases. The first phase of the competition shortlists ten (10) entries that receive a design prize of 2,000 €. The Asko Foundation has the right to organize an exhibition of the selected works. The second phase selects three (3) winners that receive the following prizes:

Grand Prize 30,000 €
Golden Prize 15,000 €
Winner 10,000 €

In addition, the jury committee may award honorable mentions and by unanimous decision distribute the prize sums differently. However, the whole sum will be distributed.
The results of the Asko Foundation design competition, Home Revisited, will be publicized and the awards distributed during Helsinki Design Week 2017.
The prize sums are paid to the winners within two months of the announcement of the results. The prizes are not liable to taxation.
The designers of the awarded works must commit to assisting in the exhibition of the projects by giving instructions and providing any required drawings or models of the work within an agreed schedule.


All immaterial rights related to the competition proposals (including copyrights, unregistered and registered trademarks and design rights, patents, domain names, trade secrets and data base rights) belong to the designer/design team of the entry. Members of the team must agree on the division of the award in writing before participating in the competition.

Participants in the competition must ensure that their proposal in no known manner violates the rights of others or is not a copy of any kind of previously published products or services. Regarding design protection, the applicant has by law the right to protect the design within 12 months of the date of publication.

When participating the design competition, the designer / design team grants the right to publish pictures of the proposal in print or digital format. The organizer has the right to reproduce and publish pictures of the proposals for event communications, education, publishing, and marketing and to use the pictures in any media without compensation. During the judging phase, the entries cannot be revealed to anyone outside the jury. In publications about the competition entries, the names of the designers of the awarded proposals must always be mentioned.


The designers of the awarded works are responsible for negotiating an agreement for the manufacture of the products/space solutions/services in question. The organizer has no right to manufacture products based on competition entry or otherwise exploit the entries, excluding the right to publish pictures of the proposals, without a separate agreement on use made between the organizer and the owner of the rights. This kind of agreement can be made within 12 months of publishing the winning proposal.


The winners of the Home Revisited design competition are chosen by a designated jury committee. The Asko Foundation can select the chair and one member of the jury. The jury will invite at least one international specialist. The secretary of the jury is a producer nominated by Luovi Productions Oy. The jury is to approve the competition programme and rules. The decisions taken by the jury are final and cannot be appealed. The jury can be assisted by specialists in various fields. These specialists are not to participate in the judging. Decisions of the jury are only valid when all members are present. All decisions and objections must be recorded in the minutes. The jury is to decide which entries are judged and which are excluded from judging and from the entire competition. The entries will be judged anonymously.


The Asko Foundation nominates an agent to serve as the legal representative for the Foundation. The task of the agent, together with the competition secretary, is to ensure the anonymity of the contestants, to register the entries, to prepare the entries for judging by the jury, and to respond to inquiries regarding the competition. The agent does not have a vote in the jury. Only members of the jury, the secretary, and the specialist are to be present during the judging. They are bound to secrecy about the judging process.


The schedule of the competition, the products’ promotional materials, the participation procedures, and the award amounts are described in the competition programme.


The producer of the competition, Luovi Productions Oy, is responsible for the safekeeping of the competition entries after they have been submitted.


By participating in the competition, the team confirms its acceptance of the rules of the competition, the competition programme and related conditions and obligations, as well as their rights to the products or services submitted to the competition.

For more information about the competition, please contact:
Producer Martina Wuoristo-Huhta


Please present possible questions by 15 December 2016 at 17:00.


Q: In which language Home Revisited –entries should be submitted?

A: We wish to have the entries in English but also entries in Finnish will be approved.


Q: Should there be two different entries during the competition? One for the first phase and one for the second phase?

A: Participants will submit only one entry, which will be refined in the second phase.


Q: Do you want to have feasible ideas for possible production in the near future or more visionary ideas? Who or which company will realize the winning entries?

A: We are looking for solutions that can actually go to production so in that sense the plan should be feasible to some extend. We don’t have companies to realize the winning entries but we will be happy to help with that after the competition.


Q: Do you recommend to design a completely designed living environment or single product ideas?

A: Both are very welcome


Q: Is it possible to submit multiple entries?
A: Each participant or participating team may only submit one entry