News

Iwatemo, launched by Ville Kokkonen and Harri Koskinen, wins the Good Design Award

The collection, designed by two Aalto alumni, includes iron teapots as well as furniture and handmade porcelain dishes.
musta valurautapannu keittiön tasolla, taustalla muita keittiötarvikkeita
Photo: Helsinki Design Week

Led by designers Ville Kokkonen and Harri Koskinen, Iwatemo has won the Good Design Award, the most significant design award in Asia. Founded in 1957, the award is the oldest and most prestigious in Asia.

All Iwatemo products are produced in Iwate, Japan, in collaboration with the Finnish designers and local artisans, using traditional techniques and materials typical of the area. Iwatemo was established in 2016, when Finnish designers

Kokkonen and Koskinen were invited to visit the Iwate prefecture, in order to get acquainted with the area’s traditional production methods.

Iwate is located in northeastern Japan, where winters are cold and harsh. Traditionally, the local people have had time to refine their production methods during the cold winter months when agriculture has had to come to a halt. The methods have been passed down through many generations, and even today many techniques and materials used in the area date back centuries, for example in manufacturing of wooden furniture, ironware and handmade ceramics. The project offers a channel for the artisans to make their products known internationally.

Text: Ida Kukkapuro, Helsinki Design Week.

Read more:

Good Design Award

  • Published:
  • Updated:
Share
URL copied!

Read more news

Unite! student holding a sign that says Get inspired, grow together, Let's Unite!
Cooperation Published:

Four student projects receive funding through Unite! Seed Fund

The Fund aims to activate students from the nine Unite! universities to jointly pursue new activities.
Unite! White paper - a new university open science and innovation governance model and policy for a sustainable world
Cooperation, University Published:

Unite!’s pathway for the management of open science and innovation in the European Universities Alliances

Unite! presents a new university open science and innovation governance model and five policy recommendations.
Sirje Liukko
Awards and Recognition Published:

Decorations of the President of the Republic to Sirje Liukko

Presidential Medal of Honour has been awarded to Planning Officer Sirje Liukko at the School of Chemical Engineering.
An illustration of planting a tree on a grave and the tree's growth
Awards and Recognition Published:

Landscape architect Anu Hakola receives Lappset prize

Hakola’s Master’s thesis examines memorial trees and their significance as part of the commemoration of the deceased.