Young Designer of the Year 2020: Matias Karsikas
The works of Matias Liimatainen tread the fine line between functional objects and art. He creates original, sculptural figures, jewellery and lighting units from ceramics, glass and wood. He utilises techniques which are time-consuming and often self-developed. The finished product may seem like it is not ceramic at all, and his works consist of layers and insights, noted the prize jury.
According to the jury, Liimatainen’s works are dynamic, and he captures moods in small, life-like things. He uses colour boldly and creates objects that can be viewed from any angle. “Matias Liimatainen has a touching and strong signature style that stands out from the rest. His identity is powerful and he works in a distinct way. Despite his young age, Liimatainen has been very productive and worked with a steady hand. Becoming a designer takes more than just talent – it requires getting your hands dirty. This is evident in Matias Liimatainen’s determined approach to work,” stated the prize jury.
In 2018–2022 ithe Young Designer of the Year prize also included participation in IF Studios, the artist-in-residence program of the Finnish Institute in France in Paris. The IF Studios residence program supports the internationalization of Finnish artists, curators and other creative professionals in France.
Photo: Paavo Lehtonen