January 23rd, 2015: Oulu, Finland — The first PrintoCent Design Competition attracted over 20 tremendously innovative entries and last week the TOP5 finalists gave several presentations to the media, jury and industry audiences at the PrintoCent in VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
In October 2014 PrintoCent design competition called on open-minded designers and engineers to be bold and inventive think differently and challenge themselves with printed intelligence. In all, there were about 20 entries and novel ideas to design lighting concepts based on VTT developed LED on flex technology, which is being commercialized by Flexbright Ltd. The winners were announced January 14th in the award ceremony at VTT, Oulu. The jury awarded the finalists in the following order:
The Grand Winner – Koistinen Oskari with Tykky
The Best Business Potential – Saccardi Samuel with Eclipse
The Wildest Idea – Koivuaho Anniina with Aava
Honorary mention – Saavalainen Juho with Adjustable table light
Honorary mention – Laitinen Joona with Fabian
The competition finalist’s group of TOP5 was exceptionally gifted and coincidentally all studied at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. The jury was genuinely surprised by the high quality of the design work as well as the technical maturity in numerous occasions. Besides showing wonderful creativity with the design brief, the TOP5 had also incorporated the idea of different use case possibilities and the need to come up with solutions that are both scalable and suitable for international markets.
The Grand winner was Oskari Koistinen was awarded 2000 euros with his design called Tykky (“Tykky“ snow referring to the crown snow-load on wintry trees). Besides being a beautifully designed lighting fixture, Tykky’s form function and production readiness resulted in an outstanding design piece. With Tykky the Flexbright’s flexible LED lighting elements were utilized in an highly inventive yet a simple way to form the lighting itself. Besides being easily put together it will also be an ecological solution also logistics vise. Most importantly Tykky’s winning feature was the basic idea of using these flexibile LED lighting elements so that by changing the cutting pattern one can create an endless number of differently shaped lamps. Moreover, the actual material can vary from cardboards to plastic or even metal sheets and anything in between thus enabling a great variety of finalized products.
All the TOP5 finalists works will be showcased at the VTT showroom in Oulu until February 15 and other exhibitions will be arranged too. Moreover, PrintoCent is interested in taking some of these designs along with some other printed intelligence demos to the big Finnish interior decoration and design fair called Habitare later on this year and find ways to support the industrialization process of these excellent designs, which can now be viewed more closely from this link: PrintoCent Design Competition winners and awarded designs
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Ilkka Kaisto
+358 401 494 006
Printocent | VTT, Kaitoväylä 1, 90571 Oulu, Finland