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 future homes.
The prize is one of the largest in the history of Finnish design. The winner receives 30,000 euros, the second runner up 15,000, and the third runner up 10,000 euros. In addition, all finalists receive 2,000 euros.
The final entries provide solutions to the exchange of goods, detachment from technology and saving water, among other things. Suggestions include smart windows, an emergency homeless shelter and illuminating window blinds.
“Since the concept of home has changed, we also have new type of needs. The competition revealed in a versatile way which things are considered important,” says Chairman of the Jury Professor Hannu Kähönen. Kähönen has promoted Finnish design throughout his career and curated several exhibitions in and outside Finland.
“The entries reveal that home is no longer limited inside four walls but linked to the environment, the community and to producing nourishment, among other things. I hope that the participating designers find the channels to realize their solutions,” Kähönen adds.
The competition attracted 152 entries from all over the world, of which ten were chosen to the final. The contestants honed their entries during the spring and submitted refined versions in the beginning of June. The entries were evaluated anonymously, but now the finalists and their creations have been published for the world to see.
In its evaluation, the jury paid special attention to the level of innovation, purpose, commercial and industrial potential and design quality.
The winners will be published 6 September and the finalists exhibited during Helsinki Design Week from 7 to 17 September 2017 at the Iittala & Arabia Design Centre. The exhibition is open until 22 October.
The international jury consists of five established specialists: industrial designer and professor Hannu Kähönen, architect Helena Sandman, design strategy consultant Jane Withers, professor and architect Pentti Kareoja and professor Eric C. Yim.