The Kaj Franck Design Prize goes to Johanna Gullichsen
Johanna Gullichsen has been awarded the Kaj Franck Design Prize 2021. Granted by Design Forum Finland, The Kaj Franck Design Prize is one of the most significant design prizes in Finland. It is awarded for the 30th time this year.
The prize jury stated that an appreciation of natural materials, handicrafts, and the preservation of the weaving tradition is clearly visible in the textiles designed by Johanna Gullichsen. She has succeeded in combining her artistic and creative work with sustainable serial production. The fabrics produced under the Johanna Gullichsen brand are woven in Finland from natural materials. Their carefully considered colour combinations are a natural addition to Finnish interior and furniture design.
“The award was such a wonderful surprise! It is rewarding to get recognition for the work I’ve been doing over the years. I was particularly pleased to know that the jury values the core principles of my design work: craft as a design tool and sustainable production,” Gullichsen says.
The Kaj Franck Design Prize brings forth the central spirit and principles of designer Kaj Franck’s (1911–1989) oeuvre: high-quality, democratic, and functional design that solves practical challenges and opens up new opportunities for companies excelling in design. A particular merit is if the rewarded designer brings beauty and joy to everyday life and enhances the quality of life. “I’ve always appreciated Kaj Franck’s design, especially his ideas about beauty for every day. It is such an honour to receive an award named after him. ” Gullichsen states.
Welcome to the 30th Kaj Franck Design Prize exhibition 3–24 June 2021 at Gallery A2, Helsinki. The work of Hanna Anonen selected as Young Designer of the Year is shown at the same venue.