News / Young Designer of the Year Prize to Linda Bergroth and OK Do
Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year Prize of 2012 goes to designer Linda Bergroth (born 1978) and the arts/design collective OK Do (Anni Puolakka, born 1983 and Jenna Sutela, born 1983).
Linda Bergroth has studied furniture and spatial design at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and architecture at École d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais. She has worked internationally in spatial, furniture and set design and participated in several collaborative projects combining various areas of design.
OK Do is a creative collective founded by Anni Puolakka and Jenna Sutela in 2009 and operating in Helsinki and Paris. OK Do has published books, set up installations and produced events in the interstices of design and art. They've also worked in the Living+ programme this year, running the Critical Studio course.
On World Design Capital year 2012 the prize jury wanted to award both traditional and novel approaches to design. Linda Bergroth is a designer with long experience and strong achievements on several fields of design. OK Do acts on new areas of design and has brought visibility to design in various collaborative projects, among other activities. All the awarded represent natural internationality and operate globally even at this moment.
Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year Prize can be given to one or several individuals or a team exhibiting new, creative concepts and skills in design. The purpose of the prize of €5,000 is to encourage young designers to carry on uncompromising and original work in design. The prize is supported by Kolster Oy Ab and BYGGmax.
The Young Designer of the Year 2012 prize jury consisted of Program Director Kaarina Gould; Lecturer, Applied Art and Design Vesa Damski; Director Jukka Savolainen and CEO Mikko Kalhama.