Finnish Craft and Design opens: Restaurointi Mikael Holma wins the Taito-Finlandia award
The first hours of the crafts and design cornucopia at the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre already attracted thousands of visitors in search of inspirational experiences in the weekend-long shopper’s paradise. True virtuosos of crafts and design were awarded during the opening ceremony, including restorer Mikael Holma, who was selected as the winner of the Taito-Finlandia crafts and design award by Jukka Kurttila of Finlayson Oy. The Finnish Craft and Design fair extends through Sunday in Tampere and offers a wide variety of activities and opportunities for meeting other like-minded enthusiasts and making unique finds. The Finnish Craft and Design event and the Doll’s House Fair, together with the XXXV Railway Modelling Event running from Saturday through Sunday, feature a total of 750 exhibitors. The latest combined Finnish Craft and Design and Antique Autumn event attracted 44,419 visitors.
The Taito-Finlandia award, now being given for the sixth time, went to Restaurointi Mikael Holma, based in Hämeenlinna, who has restored all 200 desks and seats of the Plenary Hall and 38 unique solid-wood doors and frames in the Parliament House. This year, the award of 5,000 euros was donated by the Finnish tea producer Forsman Tee, and the winner was selected from among the four finalists by Finlayson Oy’s CEO Jukka Kurttila.
Antti Korpi, Artesan of the Year: “I want to contribute to developing Finnish products”
According to the award jury, the 3D knife handles crafted by Antti Korpi, based in Tampere, who won the Artesan of the Year award, are professional and unique and skillfully utilise 3D technology, which is still relatively new in the industry.
The Finnish Craft & Design Fair is the largest handicrafts and applied arts fair in Europe with almost 700 exhibitors and over 40,000 visitors every year. The Finnish Craft & Design Fair is organised by Tampere Trade Fairs and Taito Pirkanmaa. Tampere Trade Fairs is responsible for organising the Dolls' House Fair together with the Finnish Doll's House Association and the Railway Modelling Event together with Pirake (Pirkanmaa Railway Enthusiasts' Club).
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