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SYLI wins Habitare design competition

First prize in the Habitare design competition has been awarded to SYLI, the work of a twelve-strong work group.
Photo: Habitare Fair

This work, produced by a group of students from the Aalto University Department of Design, is a nest-like construction that the audience can enter into and which is made of layers of scrap fabric and clothes. 

According to the head judge for the competition, Lucy Orta, SYLI is an exceptional social and ecological response to the ‘ant hill’ theme given for the competition. The work, made from recycled materials, was constructed by a team of twelve. SYLI is simultaneously creative, aesthetic, ecological, practical and fun.

‘Like ants building an ant hill, the finalists have used a lot of time and energy to attain their common goal. All the finalists can be proud of their work,’ Lucy Orta emphasised. 

The twelve members of the SYLI work group are Sisko Anttalainen, Karita Asmala, Mindele Grant, Paula Hyry, Jenni Inciarte Villaverde, Piia Jalkanen, Noora Katajalaakso, Pinja Koskelin, Sanni Rajapolvi, Miika Ruotsalainen, Sara Urbanski and Liisa Vuorenpää.

The winner of the €5000 main prize, donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation, was chosen and announced by the competition’s head judge, artist Lucy Orta, at the Habitare Fair in Helsinki. The works of the five finalists for the ‘ant hill’ themed competition are on display at the Habitare Fair from 7 to 11 September.

The theme for the competition, organised by the Expo & Convention Centre and Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, was ‘ant hill’, which refers to the idea of a space, composition or work composed of many small parts or elements and which is produced together by people who then gather to enjoy the result of their work.

The winner of the €5000 first prize, donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation, was chosen and announced by the competition’s head judge, artist Lucy Orta, at the Habitare Fair in Helsinki. The works of the five finalists for the ‘ant hill’ themed competition are on display at the Habitare Fair from 7 to 11 September.

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