Design duo Juslin Maunula selected as Young Designer of the Year 2022

Design studio Juslin Maunula is the winner of the Young Designer of the Year prize in 2022. The jury applauded the duo for their creative thinking and ability to combine colors and materials into original, fascinating designs.

Juslin Maunula
Juslin Maunula is Young Designer of the Year 2022.

DESIGNER DUO JUSLIN MAUNULA has received the 2022 Young Designer of the Year prize awarded by Design Forum Finland. Founded in 2015 by fashion designer Laura Juslin and architect Lilli Maunula, the studio has a rich and diverse portfolio that includes spatial design projects as well as fashion, jewelry, and rug designs.

Finarte Ametisti rug, beige - lilac
Designed for Finarte, Juslin Maunula's rugs perfectly capture the duo's unique ability to combine colors, materials, and structures. Photo: Carl Bergman
Artek Changing Rooms installation
The Changing Rooms installation was created for Helsinki Design Week 2019 at Artek's flagship store in Helsinki. Photo: Paavo Lehtonen
Kalevala Koru Juslin Maunula
The Vetovoima earrings, designed for the Finnish Kalevala Koru, are like miniature sculptures. Juslin Maunula has also collaborated with the likes of Marimekko and Peacebird.

The prize jury described Juslin Maunula’s work as idea-driven, holistic, confident, and clearly aesthetic.

According to the jury, Juslin Maunula’s designs are not limited by scale or materials. Instead, the duo is easily able to transform and scale their ideas into a variety of forms, be it clothes, home textiles, or spatial installations. The studio’s expression is very rich thanks to influences from architecture and visual arts, which the duo skillfully infuse into even their more commercial commissions.

The jury especially praised the studio for its ability to look at colors and materials without preconceived notions of how they should be paired.

“We combine colors and materials into works that allow the product and the space to converse.”

“We combine colors and materials into works that allow the product and the space to converse,” says Laura Juslin. “Our approach is about tying together materials, structures and colors into three-dimensional forms, usually, but in a way that shows our specific combination of skills and backgrounds. The most important elements in our works are the colors and the materials.”

Juslin Maunula
According to the prize jury, Juslin Maunula has already demonstrated outstanding abilities yet is strongly future-oriented, ready to delve into new areas and ideas.

Design Forum Finland's Young Designer of the Year prize was established in 2000, and it has now been awarded for the 21st time. The prize includes a sum of 5,000 euros and participation in IF Studios, the artist-in-residence program of Institut finlandais (The Finnish Institute in France) in Paris.

The Young Designer of the Year 2022 prize exhibition is open to the public at Glasshouse Helsinki 5–28 May 2022 as a part of the DFF Awards exhibition.

See also:

All products designed by Juslin Maunula >
• The Juslin Maunula x Finarte rug collection was inspired by fashion and architecture >

Edit: Design Stories Portraits: Elina Simonen

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