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Fennia Prize celebrates Finnish companies showcasing strategic value of design

Woodio was awarded for its washbasins made from the world’s first fully waterproof wood composite, and for protecting its intellectual property rights. Woodio / Facebook

The Fennia Prize Grand Prix was handed to Dottir Attorneys, a Finnish full-service technology law firm with offices in Helsinki, Berlin and San Francisco.

The law firm was recognised for its approach to legal design, a service concept that fuses legal expertise with a variety of strategic design methods, such as multidisciplinarity and customer orientation, to solve legal challenges in a more user-friendly and understandable fashion.

Dottir Attorneys is the first company to take home the 15 000-euro grand prize with a service concept.

Dottir Attorneys’ Antti Innanen. Image: Dottir

Fennia Prize, one of the most prominent design competitions in Finland, recognises companies and organisations that best illustrate the strategic importance of design through their products, services or business concepts. The competition is organised annually by Design Forum Finland, Elo, Fennia Group and Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH).

The prize jury also rewarded four other companies for their focus on design with prizes of 5 000 euros.

Planmeca, a Finnish manufacturer of cutting-edge dental equipment, was lauded for the user-centred design of its new 3D imaging unit, Viso 5G. Woodio, a Finnish ecological materials developer, was congratulated for its washbasins made from the world’s first fully waterproof wood composite. The City of Turku impressed the jury with 6Aika, an urban design project that has yielded a family of tools that help people to find what they need in the city more easily.

The fourth winner was RideCake, an electric motorcycle developer hailing from Sweden.

PRH also handed out two honourable mentions and 5 000-euro prizes for excellence in protecting intellectual property rights. Konecranes, it noted, has successfully applied intellectual property rights to improve the performance of C-series hoists and S-series overhead cranes. Woodio has used the rights to protect not only the plumbing fixtures made from its wood composite, but also its brand.

Published on 14.05.2020