Finnish designer Mari Isopahkala has won the Nova Nordic Designer of the Year title. She was selected as this year’s winner for her exquisite jewellery, home furnishing fabrics and intriguing glassware. According to the jury “in sculpturally interesting and imaginative way, she successfully pushes the boundaries of the strong Finnish design tradition.”
Isopahakala is a freelance designer from Helsinki who works on a wide front and moves freely between furniture, jewellery, lighting and interior design. She has designed jewellery for Lapponia, and was the winter of the first prize in the Next Episode jewellery design competition announced by Lapponia Jewelry to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.
Lapponia Jewelry together with its sister company Kalevala Jewelry is the biggest jewelry manufacturer in Finland and one of the largest jewelry groups in Northern Europe.
- Mari Isopahkala represents well-defined tradition combined with a very inspiring new approach and she, together with the other nominated designers, are living proof that Nordic design is destined to be very successful in the future as well, says Chicie Lindgren, Event Manager for Formex.
Other nominees for the design award were Siren Elisa Wilhemsen from Norway, Christina Liljenberg Halström from Danmark, Karin Wallenbeck from Sweden and Tove Thambert from Sweden.
As a part of the award, Isohpahkala will be given the opportunity to exhibit her works at this spring’s Formex design fair and at the Gallery Pascale in Stockholm. She will also be featured in an article in Plaza Interiör magazine.