Habitare Design Competition 2019

The theme of this year’s Habitare Design Competition, “tête-à-tête”, encouraged contestants to design a place, space or piece of furniture that enables a meeting between two people. The grand prize of the competition is €5,000, and it is donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation. The shared winners of this year’s competition are Erik Lindahl with his design Palikat and the duo Kadri Kallaste and Pinja Koskelin with their design Gulf of Reed. All the designs selected to the final will be seen in Habitare 2019.

The theme of this year’s Habitare Design Competition, “tête-à-tête”, encouraged contestants to design a place, space or piece of furniture that enables a meeting between two people. 40 designs were submitted to the competition and the panel of judges in the first stage of the competition chose four designs to go through to the final. The jury for the first stage of competition was: Designer, Professor Ville Kokkonen (Aalto University); Creative Director, Laura Sarvilinna (Habitare); Architect, Professor Pentti Kareoja (Aalto University); Interior Architect, University Lecturer ,Martin Relander (Aalto University).

Head judge of the design competition is a German designer and founder of Diez Office, Stefan Diez. He founded his studio in 2002 and has since worked as professor of industrial design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in Germany and the School of Industrial Design at Lund University in Sweden. Diez Office combines craft and technical expertise, and realises its designs together with local craftspeople. Diez Office has designed award-winning products in collaboration with, for example, Hay, Rosenthal and Thonet.

Habitare Design Competition finalists in 2019:

KAKSIN | Mira Järvinen

Kaksin (‘Us two’) straddles the middle ground between a garment, a work of art and an interior decoration element, taking you on a journey to childhood memories. The wearable form of the design, which is knitted from merino and mohair wool, brings two people close to each other and provides shelter for intimate conversations, stories and secrets.

KEVEÄ | Eveliina Juuri and Heikki Konu

Keveä (‘Lightweight’) is a weatherproof piece of furniture for public spaces that functions as a place of relaxation and that provides easy seating for, say, having a bite to eat. The symmetrical design is made of bent perforated steel, and due to its lightweight construction, it can be easily moved and used for events.

GULF OF REED | Kadri Kallaste and Pinja Koskelin

Gulf of Reed is inspired by the common reed generally found in the Gulf of Finland. The sculpture, which is made of this versatile and natural material and which mimics the shape of the Möbius strip, provides an opportunity for having intimate conversations and occupying the various surfaces and levels of the sculpture.

PALIKAT | Erik Lindahl

Palikat (‘Blocks’) features a configuration of rectangular cuboid objects that plays with massing, creating a minimalistic outdoor resting area. In the design, the blocks click into place, as the objects need each other to form a functional whole.

Using the Competition Material


Messukeskus will display the finalists at the Habitare 2019 and use the competition entries in its press relations regarding the overall Habitare in both in Finland and abroad.


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:

Natalia Baczyńska Kimberley, Competition Secretary

Ida Ågren, Producer, Habitare, Messukeskus Helsinki