The Young Designer of the Year prize of 2017, awarded by Design Forum Finland, was given to textile and surface designer Reeta Ek (born 1979).
Reeta Ek (MA) is a freelance designer living and working in Helsinki. She has created textile designs for companies including Marimekko, Lapuan Kankurit, Nanso, and Samuji, among others. Her designs feature repetition and rhythm, born of the creative working process and drawing by hand. She also does graphic design and illustrations.
According to the prize jury, Reeta Ek is a fine example of a professional, creative young designer whose exposure and success in Finland has been based more on strong professional skill than an efficiently marketed designer brand.
Reeta has a unique and distinctive style, and her works combine intense sensitivity with a strong, articulate execution. She represents the common method of modern textile designers, where independent work and various collaboration projects have a natural rotation. Her works and visual identity form a very distinctive, fresh and timeless repertoire.
Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year prize was established in 2000. The purpose of the prize is to encourage young designers to carry on uncompromising and original work in design.
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Find out more: www.designforum.fi/prizes/young_designer_of_the_year