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Five nominees selected for Formex's 2013 Nova Design Award – Nordic Designer of the Year

Press Release   •   Jun 17, 2013 07:02 GMT

The nominations are complete for Formex's Nova Design Award, which will be awarded for the third year in a row on August 15th. The award will go to a young designer working in the Nordic Region and is selected by an expert jury.

The nominees are:

Sweden: Mattias Stenberg
Mattias Stenberg is nominated in 2013 for Formex's Nova award for a style brimming with confidence. His products are brilliant in their simplicity, equally so whether they are made of free-blown glass or raw concrete. Mattias' skill and conceptual talent shows itself in his versatility and impressive precision. Mattias Stenberg was born in 1975 and lives in Stockholm.

Sweden: Oyyo
Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén are nominated for their candid and innovative approach to traditional handicrafts. Classical forms and an ecological selection of materials make for new expressions via a skillful style that feels youthful without losing its historical roots. 
Lina Zedig is 34 and Marcus Åhrén is 36. They both live in Stockholm.

Norway: Kristine Five Melvær
Kristine Five Melvær is nominated for her well-thought out and nuanced creations. With a finely tuned sense of the needs of her time, she delivers beautiful, personal, high-quality objects with loads of charm. Kristine Five Melvær is 28 and lives in Oslo.

Finland: Katriina Nuutinen
Katriina Nuutinen is nominated for her harmonic design, characterized by a Scandinavian spirit. With a confident flair, she delivers craft-based and pleasant designs with an exciting mix of materials. Katriina Nuutinen was born in 1983 and lives in Helsinki.

Denmark: Christina Hansen
Christina Hansen is nominated for her personal and surprising approach to forms and materials. Christina's sculptural ability and playful creations make her a strong newcomer we would love to see more of. Christina Hansen is 26 and lives in Copenhagen.

The jury consists of Pascale Cottard-Olsson, producer and gallery owner, Lotta Lewenhaupt, journalist and author, Kerstin Wickman, Professor of the History of Design, Josephine Öhrn, Acting Editor-in-Chief, Plaza Interiör and Chicie Lindgren, Event Manager for Formex. This year's guest jury member is Monica Förster, designer.

The winnings consist of two parallel exhibitions in January, one at Formex and one at Gallery Pascale. The winner will also get a story in Plaza Interiör and an activity, such as travel including board and lodging, or training, at a value of SEK 50,000 as well as a unique diploma, which is designed by Marcus Gunnar Pettersson this year,

The past winners of Formex's Nova Design Award are Hanna Hedman and Simon Klenell, Sweden,
2011, and Mari Isopahkala from Finland, 2012.

The Nova Design Award is organized in collaboration with interior design magazine Plaza Interiör and Gallery Pascale. The award is presented in conjunction with Formex's design mingle at the PUB department store on Thursday night, August 15th.

To find out more, please visit or contact:
Ida Mlowe, Press Officer, , tel. +46 8 749 44 13

Formex will be held on August 15-18, 2013 at Stockholmsmässan. Formex is the meeting place for innovations, business opportunities, trends, knowledge and inspiration. The exhibition is held twice a year, with 850 exhibitors, 25,000 trade visitors and 850 media representatives.

Stockholmsmässan is one of the world's leading and most flexible organisers of meetings. We offer the perfect meeting place for everything from international summits to broad public fairs. Together with exhibitors and organisers we create well-organised meetings which offer the visitor inspiration, knowledge and business opportunities. As the leading organiser in the Baltic Sea Region, we organise some 60 industry-leading exhibitions as well as around 100 national and international congresses, conferences and events anually. Every year we welcome 10,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million visitors and more than 8,000 journalists from all over the world.

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