Harri Koskinen, one of the leading contemporary Finnish designers, won the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg’s Prize of Sweden.
The jury was unanimous in their decision to award the 2009 prize to Harri Koskinen, citing as their arguments: “This year’s prize winner is an internationally renowned designer who, despite his young age, is perhaps Finland’s greatest contemporary designer.”
The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg’s Prize has been awarded annually since 1994 for creative novelty and prominent accomplishment in arts, crafts and design. The prize is awarded through a collaboration between the Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts of Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden, and the Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Foundations. This Nordic award is in the sum of 1 million Swedish krona (approximately 97,000 euro)
Born in 1970 in Karstula in central Finland, Harri Koskinen studied at the Lahti Institute of Design and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. He has run his studio Friends of Industry in Helsinki since 1998. His large number of clients include Artek, Iittala, Genelec, Issey Miyake, Muji, Panasonic, Seiko, Swarovski, Venini and Woodnotes.