Rut ja Tapio(1)

The centenaries of the births of the Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala and the ceramic artist Rut Bryk are being celebrated for a period of two years. One of the key projects in the related programme during 2015 and 2016 is an international concept competition, Sharing, which seeks ideas for a permanent showcase for the extensive collection of the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk (TWRB) Foundation, and for the establishment of a new design centre at EMMA – the Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

Organised by EMMA, the TWRB Foundation, and the Finnish Association of Architects, SAFA, the international ideas competition attracted 91 entries from Finland and other European countries, as well as from Asia and North America. The jury selected the winners without knowing the identities of the entrants.

The jury gave a €4,000 award to five quite different entries:

The Give Collection from Finland,
Trails from Finland,
Map from the United Kingdom,

Living Archive from Germany,
Sancho Poncha from the United States.

The prize money totals €20,000. The award-winners will be invited to a seminar to be held in Finland on 18 October, the centenary of the birth of Rut Bryk, to discuss and develop their ideas further.

The international competition was launched in December 2015, with an aim of seeking ideas for the creation of a new type of interactive and international design centre, to be part of EMMA. The competition sought innovative solutions for presenting and researching the collection maintained by the TWRB Foundation. In addition, the solutions should enable contemporary design to interact with the collection.

The collection of the TWRB Foundation includes more than 5000 items: models, drawings, sketches, prototypes and photographs. In addition to material related to the work and careers of Tapio Wirkkala and Rut Bryk, the collection features many personal items, including letters and photographs from the couple’s travels and along their life’s journey.

The competition sought ideas and conceptual presentations. No one idea or entry among the award-winning candidates was selected for implementation. EMMA and the TWRB Foundation, in cooperation with a variety of specialists, will continue to develop the future design centre and the functional details of the foundation’s archive. The competition served as a good starting point for further discussion and development. EMMA’s new design centre, and an exhibition based on the collection of the TWRB Foundation, will be opened in 2017.

Competition Jury:

Eva Franch i Gilabert – Chief Curator and Executive Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture
Mikko Heikkinen – Architect, Professor, Partner at Heikkinen-Kommonen Architects
Pilvi Kalhama – Director, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art
Emmi Keskisarja – Architect, SAFA Representative
Juhani Pallasmaa – Architect, Professor Emeritus
Laura Sarvilinna – Programme Director, The Finnish Fair Corporation

Special Advisor:
Jaana Jalonen – Head of the board, Espoo Cultural Commitee