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The Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2018 has been given to interior architect, designer Tapio Anttila. The beautiful Kaj Frank Design Prize Exhibition will be seen at Habitare 2019.


The Kaj Franck Design 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.

Tapio Anttila has worked during his career both as an inhouse designer in a large organisation and as an entrepreneur in his own company. Characteristic features of his entire career are a deep cooperation with product development, functional structural solutions and a confident, individual design idiom. Anttila designs products that feature insightful functionalities and excellent ergonomics. With his own company, Anttila has been able to build a comprehensive brand, the product portfolio and identity of which are fresh and distinctive.

Kaj Franck Design Prize 2018 – Tapio Anttila
9 November 2018–13 January 2019
Design Museum Gallery, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki

The members of the prize jury of 2018 were CEO Petteri Kolinen / Design Forum Finland / Chairman of the jury, Advocate Pentti Kivinen / Finnish Fair Foundation, Professor Heikki Orvola, and Design Professional and Critic Kaj Kalin.

Photo: Timo Junttila


The Kaj Franck Design Prize can be awarded to a Finnish designer or team, or one that resides or works in Finland. This prize was established by Design Forum Finland in 1992 and it is funded by the Finnish Fair Foundation. The prize sum is 10,000 euros. In funding the Kaj Franck Design Prize, the Finnish Fair Foundation wishes to express its respect for the significant work and achievements of Kaj Franck as a pioneer of the culture of Finnish design and to extend its recognition and support to Finland’s present-day designers.