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Matias Liimatainen the Young Designer of the Year 2020

The Young Designer of the Year prize of 2020 is awarded to former Aalto ARTS student, ceramic artist Matias Liimatainen.
Young Designer of the Year 2020 Matias Liimatainen Photo: Paavo Lehtonen
Photo: Paavo Lehtonen

The purpose of the prize awarded by Design Forum Finland is to encourage young designers to carry on uncompromising and original work in design. The prize sum is 5,000 EUR and it includes an exhibition as well as participation in IF Studios, the artist-in-residence program of the Finnish Institute in France in Paris.

The works of Matias Liimatainen (born 1989) tread the fine line between functional objects and art. He creates original, sculptural figures, jewellery and lighting units from ceramics, glass and wood. He utilises techniques which are time-consuming and often self-developed. The finished product may seem like it is not ceramic at all, and his works consist of layers and insights, noted the prize jury.

According to the jury, Liimatainen’s works are dynamic, and he captures moods in small, life-like things. He uses colour boldly and creates objects that can be viewed from any angle. “Matias Liimatainen has a touching and strong signature style that stands out from the rest. His identity is powerful and he works in a distinct way. Despite his young age, Liimatainen has been very productive and worked with a steady hand. Becoming a designer takes more than just talent – it requires getting your hands dirty. This is evident in Matias Liimatainen’s determined approach to work,” stated the prize jury.

The prize jury of 2020 consisted of CEO Petteri Kolinen / Design Forum Finland, MA Mikko Paakkanen, designer Saara Renvall / Creative Studio Renvall and Director Johanna Råman / Institut finlandais

Young Designer of the Year 2020: Matias Liimatainen
Design Forum Finland Awards
8–31 May 2020
Exhibition Centre WeeGee
Ahertajantie 5, Espoo

www.matiasliimatainen.com

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