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This year’s Nova chosen: Mattias Stenberg wins the Formex Design Award for best young Nordic designer

Press Release   •   Aug 15, 2013 18:45 GMT

The winner of the 2013 Nova Designer Award is Mattias Stenberg from Studio Vision.The Jury’s motivation for picking him was for “a style brimming with confidence”.The Nova Design Award has been instituted by Formex, one of Stockholmsmässan’s flagship events and the leading trade fair for Nordic interior design.

Mattias Stenberg – born in 1975 and based in Stockholm – was one of five nominees for the 2013 Formex Nova Design Award. The Jury’s motivation for nominating him was “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.” Today, on 15 August, Mattias Stenberg was presented with this year’s unique Nova diploma, designed by Marcus Gunnar Pettersson.

Congratulations Mattias, were you surprised to win?

“Thanks! Yes, in a situation like this you never dare to take anything for granted, but I was probably most surprised to be nominated in the first place. I’m relatively new to the world of design; it’s only been two years since I decided to go all out.”

Mattias Stenberg is a qualified engineer and has worked extensively with product planning, i.e. understanding market requirements and how a company’s products are intended to meet market needs in the best way. The dialogue with the producer and understanding for the customer are vital elements of the creative process for him, and he likes to describe himself as one third business man, one third engineer and one third artist.

“I put concept and function ahead of everything else. In the ensuing creative process, I’m stimulated by exciting visual impressions from everyday life: A lamppost on the street, the tail light on a car, images I see online… Then when I flick through my image library, a yellow Fiat might inspire me to design a yellow armchair. But begin producing a new product on the basis of current color or shape trends – no, that’s not how I work.”

The Award was presented at the Nova ceremony by Petrus Palmér from Form Us With Love, who has first-hand experience of how important it is for young designers to get public recognition for their work.

“The good thing about the Nova Award is that it focuses on people with drive who understand that business savvy is part of the designer’s role. Clearly, media attention is important, but you can’t eat newspaper clippings. It’s important for your personal motivation to get a pat on the back like this to stay passionate and fight through the pain.”

The Nova Design Award is organized by Stockholmsmässan/Formex in association with interior design magazine Plaza Interiör and Gallery Pascale. The prize ceremony was held to coincide with Formex's design mingle at the PUB department store on the evening of Thursday 15 August. Previous winners of the Nova Design Award are Hanna Hedman and Simon Klenell from Sweden in 2011 and Mari Isopahkala from Finland in 2012. The prize consists of two parallel exhibitions in January, one at Formex and one at Gallery Pascale. The winner will also feature in an article in Plaza Interiör, take part in an activity, such as an all-expenses trip or a training course, worth up to SEK 50,000 and receive a unique diploma designed by Marcus Gunnar Pettersson.

To find out more:

Please visit or contact Press Officer Lotta Signeul,, +46 70 819 99 19.

Formex will be held on 15-18 August 2013 at Stockholmsmässan.Formex is the meeting place for new products, business opportunities, trends, knowledge and inspiration.The exhibition is held twice a year, and attracts 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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