The Fennia Prize 2009 Grand Prix Awarded to Genelec Oy

Fennia Prize 09The winners of the Fennia Prize 2009 competition were announced yesterday 19.2.2009 in an awards ceremony held at the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki. The Fennia Prize 2009 Grand Prix was given to Genelec Oy for the design of the Genelec 5040A active subwoofer. 

The Fennia Prize 2009 Grand Prix goes to the Genelec 5040A active subwoofer, designed by industrial designer Harri Koskinen together with the Genelec R&D team. The compact design of this product differs from conventional solutions. Among other features, the speaker driver and controls are placed out of sight on the base of the device and the overall form is simplified and unassuming. The enclosure is made with a new manufacturing method employing deep-drawn steel and die-cast aluminium. The same form is repeated in miniature in the remote control unit. The properties of the subwoofer represent state-of-the-art technology.

5040A 1The distinguished members of the Fennia Prize 2009 awards jury were CEO Antti Kuljukka of the Fennia Group as chairman, design expert CEO Deborah Dawton of the Design Business Association as the invited foreign member, and as members representing the design and business community CEO Mikko Kalhama of Design Forum Finland, Senior OfficerKatri Lehtonen of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Designer (TKO) and Design ManagerJorma Pitkonen of ED-design, editor-in-chief Hannu Leinonen of the Kauppalehti newspaper, Senior AdviserJanica Ylikarjula of the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK and Senior Technology AdviserJanne Viemerö of Tekes – The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. Alongside high standard design, evaluation criteria included usability, environmental and social responsibility and impact on business.

5040AFennia Prize – Good design grows global is a design competition for businesses. It is open to firms and companies making designed products or using design in other ways in their business. Held biennially, the competition includes two series: Product Design and the Open Series. Entries for the latter can include, for example, business or service concepts and environments. The awards of the competition are the Fennia Prize Grand Prix, individual Fennia Prizes and Fennia Prize Honorary Mentions. Prize-winners are entitled to participate in the Fennia Prize exhibition and its tour and are included in the exhibition catalogue. The competition is organized by Design Forum Finland. The prize sums are donated by the Fennia Group. The Kauppalehti business newspaper is the media associate of the competition.