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Finnish design in Milan

  Exhibition organised by 
Beacon Helsinki

12th-17th April 2016

Mari is introducing her design for The Queen Silvia of Sweden and The First Lady of Finland Mrs. Jenni Haukio

Designforum Showroom



Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year Prize of 2013 goes to designer Mari Isopahkala (born 1978) and designer Iina Vuorivirta (born 1988). The Young Designer of the Year Prize was instituted in 2000 and is now being awarded for the twelfth time.
The jury underlined her solid professional approach to her work and output. Mari Isopahkala represents traditional authorship in design while boldly leading it forward and crossing boundaries.

Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year Prize can be given to one or several individuals or a team exhibiting new, creative concepts and skills in design. The purpose of the prize of €5,000 is to encourage young designers to carry on uncompromising and original work in design. The members of the Young Designer of the Year 2013 award jury were Executive Director Katri Soramäki, Professor Timo Salli, Chief Curator Suvi Saloniemi and CEO Mikko Kalhama.

Mari Isopahkala;

The Young Designer of Finland 2013

Meet Mari 18.9. at Habitare!
From 13.00–15.00 at Marimekko stand  7k49

Marimekko is launching a new product series: KONKKARONKKA cutlery series designed by Mari Isopahkala.

Part of  fall/winter collection - Weather diary

Mari is exhibiting at
Salon Satellite / Salone del Mobile Milano 9.-14.4.2013


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Mari has been nominated as an inhouse Lapponia artist from 2013

. Her SUMA silver jewelry collection is now in Lapponia shops all over the Europe.


Mari is exhibiting
as a Winner of Nova Design Award in StocKholm

Winter Pearl jewelry set completed with new pices. The ring and necklace.

Available now in Lapponia shops all over the Europe.

Mari won Nova Design Award 2012

Aug 17, 2012 07:18 EEST

Mari Isopahkala from Finland has won the Nova Nordic Designer of the Year 2012 award. On Thursday evening, she received her diploma – designed by Kyuhyung Cho – from Monica Förster during an award ceremony at PUB in Stockholm. A Nordic designer is chosen to receive the Nova design award every year by the Formex design trade fair, in association with Plaza Interiör and Gallery Pascale.

The Jury’s motivation:
Mari is a freelance designer from Helsinki who works on a wide front and moves freely between furniture, jewelry, lighting and interior design. But all her products share her ever-present desire to tell a story about the object and inspire emotions and reactions in the beholder.

Mari Isopahkala has been selected as this year’s Nordic Designer of the Year for her exquisite jewelry, gorgeous home furnishing fabrics and intriguing glassware. In a sculpturally interesting and imaginative way, she successfully pushes the boundaries of the strong Finnish design tradition. Her creations go above and beyond the ‘lovelier everyday items’ motto!”

The jury is made up of Pascale Cottard-Olsson, founder of Gallery Pascale, journalist Lotta Lewenhaupt, furniture designer Anya Sebton, Professor of the History of Design & Crafts Kerstin Wickman, as well as design writer and creative director Hanna Nova Beatrice. The award consists of two parallel exhibitions – one at next spring’s Formex trade fair and one at Gallery Pascale, which gives the general public a chance to see and buy the winner’s products – as well as an article in Plaza Interiör magazine and an activity worth up to 50,000 SEK.

“Formex is the Nordic region’s largest meeting place for everyone active in interior design and the idea behind the Nova design prize, which we award in association with Plaza Interiör, is to draw attention to and encourage promising young Nordic designers. Mari Isopahkala represents well-defined tradition combined with a very inspiring new approach and she, together with the other nominated designers, are living proof that Nordic design is destined to be very successful in the future as well,” says Chicie Lindgren, Event Manager for Formex.

“I feel extremely proud to be entrusted with designing this year’s diploma and have tried to convey what I feel to be the typical Nordic core values: function, minimalism and innovation. I wanted to create a diploma that feels both poetic and daring, using an unconventional and flexible system in which the nominee’s name and nationality are braided together,” explains Kyuhyung Cho.

“It feels wonderful to have won the Nova Nordic Designer of the Year award and I’m extremely proud – particularly as there are so many extraordinarily gifted young designers in the Nordic region. Winning the Nova design award feels like a fantastically inspiring way to attract attention to my design work and is something that will definitely act as an incentive for me to keep on working hard to continue creating high-quality and joyful forms,” says winner Mari Isopahkala.


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Guest Designer 2011

Mari Isopahkala's

Guest Designer jewelry set will be launched in October 2011