The annual high-profile Habitare Design Competition is now being held for the 12th time. Design theme in 2013 is “Dream space”. The aim of the competition is to develop and implement ideas for a “dream space” and accompanying objects, if applicable. Appealing to all the senses, the space is intended as a place where you can dream of a better world and enjoy a momentary escape from reality.
The theme and head judge of the competition change every year. Competition themes have ranged from spatial solutions to smaller-scale topics. Previous themes have included "private space" (2012), “outhouse” (2011, winner Yoshimasa Yamada), “recycled seat” (2010, winners Arttu Kuisma and Janne Melajoki) and “sauna” (2009, winners Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen).
Previous head judges of the competition include Boris Berlin (Denmark, 2012), Mikko Heikkinen (Finland, 2011), Alfredo Häberli (Switzerland, 2010), Sami Rintala (Finland/Norway, 2009), Åke Axelsson (Sweden, 2007) and Jasper Morrison (United Kingdom, 2005).
The competition is organised by the Finnish Fair Corporation in collaboration with the Aalto University School of Art and Design. The grand prize is donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation.
The theme of the competition was “Private space”. The contestants was required to design and implement their ideas for a private space intended for personal retreat, break, rest and relaxation. The Danish designer Boris Berlin was invited to be the head judge of the competition. The panel of judges chose 5 designs for the final.
The finalists were:
Kuuro (Rain)/ Mirka Uski and Heidi Siitonen
Musta aukko (Black Hole)/ Hanna Jahkonen and Tomas Nordström
Lyhty (Lantern)/ Erkko Aarti
Sunset camera/ Leo Lindroos
PopUp WrapUp/ Mari Sollman and Kairit Sõlg