EDITORS’ CHOISE 2014
TERVA Linen-tencel one of Editors' choises 2014
The new linen-tencel is a material like no other
The Association of Interiors Journalists has selected the 12 best Finnish interior design products yearly from 1999. 2014 one of Editors' choises are Lapuan Kankurit's new innovative linen-tencel bathtextiles TERVA and KIVI. The award-winning products are a combination of beautiful form, deeper thought and problem-solving ability. The designers and manufacturers have made concrete actions to make our daily life easier and environmentally friendly.
Lapuan Kankurit has developed a soft and highly absorbent technical textile that takes the pleasure of bathing to a whole new level.
The linen-tencel innovated by Esko Hjelt, the managing director of Lapuan Kankurit, is the result of a long product development process. The new material offers superior quality and absorption, especially in bathing products, one of the main product groups of Lapuan Kankurit. Esko Hjelt is excited about the new addition.
"Linen-tencel is considerably softer and more absorbent than cotton, for example. The production process is very eco-friendly, conserving water and nature more effectively than many other materials. Both linen and Tencel, which is made from wood pulp, are natural products, and that's important to us. Tencel is a European innovation, and all of the linen used by Lapuan Kankurit is made from flax grown and spun in Europe."
Managing Director Esko Hjelt sees technical innovation as vitally important for a weaving mill that focuses on quality and wants to succeed in international markets.
"At Lapuan Kankurit, we have spent years building an export network for our high-quality designs. With tough competition and us being a small mill, we have to stay technically ahead of our competitors and keep innovating superior products, if we are to stay at the top of the game. At the same time, we have to be able to get the message across about the quality, eco-friendliness and responsible approach of our business."
TERVA textiles are also part of Finnish Design Yearbook 2014–2015
TENCEL® is a registered trademark of Lenzing. It is made from wood pulp using environmentally friendly methods. Dubbed the "new age fibre", Tencel is a natural material suitable for bathing and sports products and other applications requiring high absorption capacity.
ORNAMO SPHERE 2017 AWARD
This year’s Ornamo Sphere will be presented to Finnish weavers Lapuan Kankurit for their long-standing commitment to the Finnish textile industry during a period of sustained change and for their skill in making successful use of Finnish expertise in design. The company’s ongoing investment in its weaving facilities and its considerable commercial success on the global market are an inspiring example for all.
The award has been dealt since 1961, and the company received it as acknowledgement of their exemplary work in design. The award is a miniature sculpture designed by Timo Sarpaneva. The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo is an expert organisation for designers, founded in 1911, and it promotes the role of design in society. Lapuan Kankurit received the award on December 13, 2017.
Managing Director Esko Hjelt says that the company is very proud of this acknowledgement, which they were awarded in honour of Finland's centenary of independence. "Even we are small family business, we strive to use our resources also for common good", Hjelt says. "We have been investing during the last years a great amount to our weaving mill and new weaving technology in Lapua and we feel that's also important for to keep the Finnish textile industry alive."
Lapuan Kankurit is known for their textiles, which are woven from natural and authentic materials. Cooperating with Finnish designers and students is an essential part of their business. Already over the half of the sales comes from export, mainly from Asian and middle European countries.
The company has worked with such designers as Young Designer of the Year 2017 Reeta Ek, Anu Leinonen, Marja Rautiainen, Teemu Järvi, Mifuko, Aoi Yoshizawa, Heini Riitahuhta, Matti Pikkujämsä, Laura Laivamaa, Makoto Kagoshima and Masaru Suzuki.
With the original instructions provided by the museums in Tampere, Lapuan Kankurit weaves also Dora Jung's designs. Cooperation with Aalto University includes the students spending a week at the weaving mill in Lapua. The students also design patterns for Lapuan Kankurit. In fact, the beautiful scarf design by young Heta Vajavaara was chosen for this winter's collection.
Jaana Hjelt, Marketing Director, +358 50 3381993, firstname.lastname@example.org
Esko Hjelt, CEO, +358 500 463084, email@example.com
MUOTO 2015 AWARD
The CORONA blanket in 100% wool designed by Finnish textile designer Marja Rautiainen was awarded with the Finnish MUOTO 2015 prize.
TAITO-FINLANDIA 2014 AWARD
Lapuan Kankurit was awarded the Taito-Finlandia 2014 award. The purpose of the national Taito-Finlandia Award is to make the public aware of excellent crafts enterprises and to show that devotion to skill gives impetus to success.
MUOTO 2012 AWARD
The KASTE and LÄHDE collection by Finnish textile designer Anu Leinonen in 100% washed linen was awarded with the highly valued Finnish MUOTO 2012 prize.
MUOTO 2011 AWARD
The DORA JUNG collection was awarded with the MUOTO 2011 prize.
The jury praised Lapua Kankurit for reweaving textile artist Dora Jung's (1906-1980) beloved classical textiles
- The deed is a tribute to Jung's vision of providing beautiful everyday objects in ordinary Finnish homes, the jury says.