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03 Jul 2011

Design Forum Finland

Design Forum Finland is the promotion organization of Finnish design. It is run by the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design which, established in 1875, is the second-oldest design-industry organization in the world. The mission of Design Forum Finland is to support affluence and competitiveness in the economy and society by promoting widespread utilization of design.

  • Projects & Services


Our activities include design exhibitions, publications, design prizes and competitions, and media and sales promotion services, among others. One of the core businesses is to promote design among small and medium-sized enterprises which is achieved by various projects both nationally and internationally.

  • Domestic Projects


The aim of Design Forum Finland's national projects and services is to enhance the design sector and to promote business in Finland. This implies wide-ranging utilization of the opportunities of design in the economy.

  • International Projects


The international projects of Design Forum Finland aim at increasing the export of designed products and design expertise. They unite various actors from companies and individual designers to public bodies both in Finland and abroad. The products of Finnish design and related technologies and skills provide increasingly broader visibility and promote the internationalization of business. A strong message of the Finnish innovation society and its creative industries is presented by these projects.

  • Communications


Design Forum Finland's communications services include publications, web services, information for the media and electronic newsletters. Several exhibition catalogues and other printed publications are produced every year. Design Forum Finland previously published the magazine Form Function Finland (1980-2004). The biennial Finnish Design Yearbook presents current phenomena and developments in the field.

PRESS RELEASES AND PRESS IMAGES 
DESIGN FORUM SHOWROOM
FINNISH DESIGN YEARBOOK
EXHIBITIONS

  • Prizes and Awards


Design Forum Finland's competitions and prizes underline the cultural and economic significance of design. Prizes are awarded to companies making use of design, both experienced and young and promising designers and organizations engaged in efforts on behalf of design in Finnish society.

YOUNG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
FENNIA PRIZE
KAJ FRANCK DESIGN PRIZE
ESTLANDER PRIZE AND MEDALS

Design Forum Finland’s main customer target groups are design intensive companies, designers and design agencies, international and domestic media and the general public – exhibition visitors, shop customers etc. Our contact groups form a national and international design network, with the members of the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design as its core.

Today, Design Forum Finland has a staff of around ten design professionals. 50 % of our annual funding comes from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The rest consists of project-specific support, grants and own earnings, investments and financial activities.

The office of Design Forum Finland is situated in the heart of Design District Helsinki, at Erottajankatu 7. Design Forum Showroom, a joint project of several design organizations, can be found at Erottajankatu 9 B.