Works by Anna Ruohonen, the receiver of the Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2017, on show at Habitare

Works by Anna Ruohonen, the receiver of the Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2017, on show at Habitare

The Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2017, awarded by Design Forum Finland, was given to clothing designer Anna Ruohonen. An exhibition displaying Ruohonen’s works is on show at Habitare Interior, Design & Furniture Fair 12–16 September 2018.

Anna Ruohonen has made a long, successful career in both Finland and France. She is a fine example of a fashion designer and entrepreneur who combines a strong creative approach with the technical mastery of clothing design skills. Anna Ruohonen has a distinct idiom that has found its shape and maturity over time and been influenced by her years of living in France. A courageous entrepreneur who has succeeded both domestically and globally, she sets an excellent example for young designers.

Anna Ruohonen’s exhibition at Habitare presents outfits from her Atelier Collection, made only to order, and from her ready-to-wear collection AR by Anna Ruohonen, which is made in Finland.

The Kaj Franck Design Prize, awarded by Design Forum Finland since 1992, is one of the most esteemed design prizes in Finland. It is awarded annually to a designer or team innovatively creating both high-quality industrial design and unique, one-off works. The prize brings forth the central spirit and principles of designer Kaj Franck’s (1911–1989) oeuvre: high-quality, democratic and functional design that solves practical challenges and opens up new opportunities for companies excelling in design. A particular merit is if the rewarded designer brings beauty and joy to everyday life and enhances the quality of life. The winners of the prize represent comprehensively top Finnish design. The prize sum of €10,000 is donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation.

The members of the prize jury of 2017 were CEO Petteri Kolinen / Design Forum Finland (Chairman of the jury), Advocate Pentti Kivinen / Finnish Fair Foundation, Professor Heikki Orvola, and Director Jukka Savolainen / Design Museum.

Kaj Franck Design Prize 2017 – Anna Ruohonen 12–16 September 2018

Glass Gallery, Southern Entrance, Messukeskus

Anna Ruohonen will be interviewed (in Finnish) by Sami Sykkö at Habitare Arena Stage on Thursday 13 September at 12–12.30


More information:

Communications Specialist Anne Veinola,, +358 (0)40 548 6407
Project Manager Laila Alanen, +358 (0)50 548 4114
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The prize catalogue can be downloaded at:
Photo: Liisa Valonen

Design Forum Finland
Design Forum Finland promotes the use of design in Finnish companies, especially as a tool for leadership on the strategic level, thus enhancing the international competitiveness of companies. Design Forum Finland is a non-profit organisation, and through its extensive network of design professionals, it will find the best design partners for companies.

Habitare, the largest furniture, design and interior decoration event in Finland, will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki, from 12 to 16 September 2018. Habitare offers experiences and ideas on interior decoration, and on the functioning and look of homes and other spaces. Habitare highlights the ideas and works by a new generation of designers, and sparks discussion. The International Friend of Habitare in 2018 is Cara McCarty, the curatorial director at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. To be held concurrently with Habitare are Antiikki, HiFi, and the Habitare Pro professionals event. | @HabitareFair | | #habitare2018 |

The Finnish Fair Foundation
Each year, the Finnish Fair Foundation hands out some €400,000 in awards, grants and scholarships to support Finnish expertise and business. The most well-known of these are the Habitare Design Competition prize, the Rakkaudesta kirjaan (“For the Love of Books”) prize, and the Young Designer of the Year prize. | #messusäätiö #suomenmessusäätiö