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Habitare Design Competition 2020

Organised by Messukeskus and the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the Habitare Design Competition has, over the years, put the spotlight on up-and-coming design and architecture students. Influential figures in architecture and design have been invited to be head judges for the competition. The grand prize for the competition, donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation, has been used to encourage young students to continue their studies and build successful careers.

The competition theme and design brief

The Competition Theme

The competition’s theme is “Bread and Water”. What are the essential pieces of furniture and objects that are needed in order to enjoy food and good company. The aim of the competition is to discover the ideal combination of items that form a fair unified ensemble.

The Design Brief

The task is to design and execute the elements that are necessary for the enjoyment of our daily bread. The competition proposal must include at least a seat, a table and a bowl. Explore the cultural, artistic and design possibilities within the given theme. Participants are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams so that I.E. wood, metal, glass, ceramics and textiles combined would result a whole and enjoyable experience.

Participants may themselves choose the scale of their design proposal. However, if selected to proceed to the competition’s second stage, the proposal must be such that it can be partially or fully built and displayed in the scale 1:1 at the Habitare Fair within an area of approximately (length) 2,5 x (width) 2,5 x (height) 2,5 meters. Students may participate independently, or form teams of any size.

Evaluation Criteria

The Jury will evaluate the competition entries based on their artistic and design quality. The entries will also be assessed based on their functional, material and structural characteristics.

Participation

Who may Participate?

The competition is intended for students studying design and architecture in Finnish educational institutions, as well for students studying at The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Students may choose to participate in the competition independently, or form teams of any size. In the case of teams, the competition organizers encourage students to create multidisciplinary groups, allowing the competition’s theme to be approached and explored from different points of view. All participants must be students enrolled at an educational institution when the competition is launched 11.2.2020.

The Competition Organizers

The competition is organised by Messukeskus Helsinki, Habitare Fair, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Sponsors

Participants may collaborate with sponsors regarding materials, or the construction of their competition proposals.

The Jury

Stage 1 of the Competition:

Chairman of the Jury, Interior Architect, Professor Emeritus Yrjö Wiherheimo

Industrial Designer, Executive in Residence Ville Kokkonen
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Laura Sarvilinna, Creative Director
Habitare, Messukeskus Helsinki

Architect, Professor Pentti Kareoja
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Martin Relander, Interior Architect, University Lecturer
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Stage 2 of the Competition:

Head Juror
Designer Cecilie Manz.

The Competition Schedule

The competition is launched 11.2.2020 and will take place in two stages. Stage 1 ends 29.4., at 16:00, by which time all entries must be submitted both digitally and by post (see more information about the submission below). The jury will choose entries to proceed to stage 2 of the competition within 3 weeks after the submission deadline, 29.4.2020 All participants/teams will be contacted personally regardless of whether their entry has proceeded into stage 2 of the competition, or not.

The participants/teams that proceed to stage 2 of the competition will be invited to meet the jury and present their entries. Participants/teams will be briefed about the competition’s schedule and receive tutoring with regards to finalising their designs and construction for the Habitare Fair 2020 held at Messukeskus Helsinki, where they will be completed and displayed in their own exhibition.

Requirements

Requirements for stage 1

During stage 1 of the competition, participants must present their competition entries on a maximum of two A2-sized placards. The placards should briefly explain the entry’s design concept and the materials used. The entries must be displayed in such a way, that the jury can make their assessment according to the competition’s evaluation criteria. 3-5 entries will be selected to proceed to stage 2 of the competition.

Submission

All entries must be submitted both digitally, and either delivered or posted to the competition organisers by the 29.4.2020. For participants/teams sending their entries via post, the package must have the date 29.4.2020 stamped on it.

Entries must be delivered, or posted to the following address:

Messukeskus
Ida Ågren
Habitare Design Competition
Messuaukio 1, PL 21, 00521 Helsinki
Toimistopalvelu (Veturimiehenkatu)

The placard(s) submitted in Stage 1, must be marked with the participant’s/team’s pseudonym. Do not place your name, the name of your school, or any other identifying information on your placard(s), or you may be disqualified. The participant’s/team’s contact information must be enclosed in an envelope and attached to the back of the placard(s). This envelope should be marked with the same pseudonym used on the placard(s).

Entries must be submitted digitally as well (pdf-document) and sent to the Habitare Producer via e-mail either as an attachment ida.agren@messukeskus.com, or as a link (We Transfer). The pdf-document containing the competition entry must be marked with the participant’s/team’s pseudonym. Do not place your name, the name of your school, or any other identifying information in the pdf-document or the name of the pdf-document containing the competition proposal, or you may be disqualified. The participant’s/team’s contact information must be enclosed in a separate document (pdf, Word etc).

Requirements for stage 2

In Stage 2 of the competition, the 3-5 selected participants/teams are required to build a prototype (scale 1:1) of their competition entry. Technical drawings/plans presenting the construction of the competition entry must be included and displayed on 1-2 A2-sized placard(s).

The Prize

The grand prize is 5,000 €. The Head Juror may choose to award this prize to one finalist or divide it among several entries. The organisers of the competition will distribute 6,000 € for building the final prototypes. This sum will be divided equally among all entries that proceed to stage 2 of the competition.

Announcing the Competition Results and the Award Ceremony

The results will be announced, and the prize(s) awarded at the Habitare 2020 Fair, held at Messukeskus, Helsinki. More detailed information regarding the award ceremony will follow as the competition progresses.

Other information

Using the Competition Material

Messukeskus will display the finalists at the Habitare 2020 fair and use the competition entries in its press relations regarding the overall Habitare fair in both in Finland and abroad.

Sponsors

Possible sponsors involved in the construction of the final prototypes have the right to use the competition material in their own press relations.

For more information about the competition, please contact:

Ida Ågren, Producer, Messukeskus
ida.agren@messukeskus.com

Onnesta soikeina

Varmaan rakkain muisto on se kun kävimme aviomieheni kanssa messuilla. Olimme onnesta soikeina. Edellisenä talvena olimme löytäneet tontin ja rakennuslupakin oli kunnossa. Lisäksi olimme pistäneet talotehtaalle tilauksen vetämään. Ja kaiken lisäksi odotin esikoistamme. Oli ihanaa kun päästiin tutkimaan ja katselemaan kunnolla mitä uuteen kotiin hankitaan. Se ei ollut enää pelkkää haavetta. Siitä on nyt 7 vuotta. Sen jälkeen ollaan päästy messuille vain kerran. Nyt esikoisemme on jo eskarilainen ja ensisyksynä koululainen. Huonettakin pitäisi muokata siihen suuntaan.

Yhteisiä hetkiä messuilla

Tapana on mennä Habitareen äidin kanssa joka vuosi, tai ainakin tehdä suunnitelmia messujen ajalle yhdessä ja vaihtaa kokemuksia jälkikäteen. Olen 40-vuotias ja äiti 70.

Habitare herätti sisustusinnon

Yläasteella, eli joskus vuonna -85 kotitaloustunteihin kuului käydä Habitaressa. Minä ja mun bestis tehtiin siitäkin reissusta seikkailu kun piti omatoimisesti suoriutua Espoosta Pasilaan. Itse messujen sisällöstä siltä kerralta en muista mitään, mutta into sisustamiseen syttyi ja aikuisena Habitaressa on tullut käytyä tosi usein. Tapahtumasta tarttuu aina mukaan kivoja juttuja, kuten tänä vuonna Timo Sarpanevan julistetaulu Karhula-Iittalan lasi, jossa on Wirkkalan Kantarelli-maljakon luonnos.

Ystäväporukan jälleennäkeminen

Habitare 2018. Ystäväporukkamme on hajautunut eri paikkakunnille etelä-Suomen alueella. Osa perheellisiä ja kaikki kiireisiä, joten yhteinen aika on kiven alla. Saimme aikataulumme sopimaan yhteen ja järjestettyä tapaamisen näiden upeiden naisten kesken Habitare-messuille. Nuo messut olivat inspiroivat ammatillisessakin mielessä, kun alan opintoni olivat vielä käynnissä. Ihana päivä rakkaiden ystävien seurassa messuilla ja hauska ilta vielä sen jälkeen. Tämän muiston voisikin toteuttaa uudelleen!

Turkoosi sohva

Löysin Habitaresta vuonna 2018 juuri sopivan sohvan mökille ja yllätin itsenikin ihastumalla turkoosiin väriin. Nyt turkoosi sohva toimii väriläiskänä muuten valkoisten ja harmaiden kalusteiden joukossa luoden juuri oikeanlaista beach house -tunnelmaa.

Suomalainen design elää ja kukoistaa

Ensimmäistä kertaa Habitaressa vieraillessani tajusin, että suomalaista designia ylipäätään on, ja varsinkin, että sillä voi sisustaa! Suomi kiri omassa designmaiden kategoriassani Tanskan rinnalle.  Löysin messuilta toinen toistaan ihastuttavampia huonekaluja ja sisustusesineitä, muotoilua ja vinkkejä kotini sisustukseen. Sen jälkeen olen seurannut ylpeydellä monen muotoilijan polkua yhä ylemmäs. Tuntui mukavalta, että löysi ikäänkuin ensimmäisten joukoissa jotain, mikä myöhemmin on saanut laajempaakin huomiota ja menestystä.

Probably my fondest memory is when I went to the fair with my husband. We were over the moon with joy. In the previous winter, we had found a building plot and had sorted out the building permit. We had also placed an order with a housing contractor. And to top it all, I was expecting our first child. It was wonderful getting to explore and to have a proper look at the things we were going to get for our new home. It was no longer just a dream. This was seven years ago. We have since been to the fair only once. Now our firstborn is already in preschool and will start school next autumn, and the nursery needs doing up to reflect this.

I have made a habit of going to Habitare every year with my mum, or at least, together making plans about what to see during the event, and then exchanging experiences afterwards. I am 40 years old and my mum is 70.

In secondary school, that is, in about 1985, a visit to Habitare was part of our home economics classes. Me and my best friend turned that trip into an adventure, as we had to make our way from Espoo to Pasila in Helsinki on our own. I have no recollection of the actual content of the fair at that time, but my passion for interior decoration was ignited, and as an adult, I have visited Habitare many, many times. I always come home from the event with some fun finds, like this year, when I picked up Timo Sarpaneva’s framed poster presenting Karhula-Iittala glass, specifically a sketch of Tapio Wirkkala’s Kantarelli vase.

I found just the right sofa for my cottage at the 2018 Habitare, and even surprised myself by falling in love with the turquoise colour. Now, the turquoise sofa acts as a splash of colour among my otherwise white and grey furniture, creating just the right beach house feel.

When visiting Habitare for the first time, I realised that there is such a thing as Finnish design, and what’s more, that it can be used for interior decoration! In my own category of design countries, this put Finland on an equal standing with Denmark. At the fair, I found lovely furniture and interior decoration objects, design, and tips for the interior of my home. I have since followed the ascending career path of many a designer with a sense of pride. It felt nice to be among the people at the forefront of discovering something that has since received wider attention and success.