A sexy disposable grill? It doesn’t sound possible, but CasusGrill has reinvented the concept of disposable grills. The Danish company is nominated in the Building Markets category at the Danish Design Award as one of four finalists.
The celebration of the difference design can make will become increasingly clear, when the winner of the Building Markets category is announced during the second stage of the Danish Design Award. The purpose of this category is to show that design can contribute to building growth in terms of sales, new markets and increased exports. The award for the Building Markets category is given to a solution that scales or enhances existing products or services or that develops brand-new products or services.
One of the finalists in the category is CasusGrill, which has developed an ingenious, sustainable, disposable grill. Today’s disposable grills are suitable for all sorts of food, from grilled steaks to sticky marshmallows, but the designs and materials for these grills are not very sustainable, and the functionality for most of them is doubtful. The idea behind CasusGrill’s eco-friendly alternative to single-use grills was born nearly ten years ago.
‘We were on an auto camper trip in France in 2009, and we brought traditional aluminium disposable grills. We observed two things during the trip: 1) aluminium grills were all over the surroundings near the fireplaces we visited, and 2) regular disposable grills were not that easy to use and light, and the heat was not evenly distributed by the grills’, says Carsten Nygaard Brøgger, CEO and founder of CasusGrill.
The CasusGrill is made from FSC-certified cardboard lined with lava stone. The grill rack is made of bamboo, and the briquettes are made of bamboo charcoal. In contrast to regular disposable grills, which can burn for hours without ever being ready to use, Brøgger says the CasusGrill is ready to cook your food in only five minutes. The natural materials ensure even, high heat for an hour, and when you’re full and done barbequing, you can just throw the CasusGrill in the bin or toss it in a fire without leaving behind any trash.
‘There are three aspects of our grill that make it stand out compared to other disposable grills. One thing is sustainability, which is a cornerstone of our company. Secondly, performance. It doesn’t matter if your design looks good if it doesn’t function properly. The third thing is security, such as heat emissions. In fact, you can hold the grill in your hands while it’s fully lit’, says Brøgger.
With three patent applications pending, the company is currently looking for wholesale companies and distributors globally. The CasusGrill has good odds of winning the Building Markets category at the Danish Design Award since it uses less coal; provides better, more evenly distributed heating; and emits around 50% less CO2 than traditional disposable grills.
However, the competition from the other finalists, listed below, is strong.
Ambu® aScope™ 3
Ambu® aScope™ 3 is a single-use bronchoscope for use in hospital patients’ airways. Doctors can use the device to make airway procedures simple, safe and cost effective.
The jury says…
‘How would you like sharing a toothbrush with the gentleman in the hospital bed next to yours? You wouldn’t? Well, then, why share a bronchoscope? That is the thinking behind Ambu aScope 3. The bronchoscope is a design idea that stands out for its potential to redefine the market where Ambu is already an important player. It is the youngest member in a family of sterile disposable bronchoscopes with a variety of external diameters and differently sized channels for intubations and bronchoscopies. The disposable bronchoscopes simplify procedures for the healthcare staff, and the patient’s risk of exposure to resistant germs is reduced as hospitals and clinics move from reusable to disposable bronchoscopes.’
With their STORM SYSTEM®, OneA A/S aims to design clean, minimalistic-looking products. The extremely high-quality products accommodate all kinds of needs in modern architecture, while having one standardised installation ring for all light and technical devices.
The jury says…
‘The market for smart home technology and so-called home extensions is growing, and STORM SYSTEM® has the potential to become a new Scandinavian design success. This carefully designed system takes a design approach to a familiar installation that is essentially a hole in the ceiling. On this basis, the system presents a series of solutions to bring lighting, music, alarms, etc. into our home without making it look like the IT department in a medium-sized enterprise. STORM SYSTEM® stands out by building on flexibility, as the many different installations can be fitted into the same ring. A clever concept elegantly executed.’
GoMore is a community and marketplace for car sharing. It helps people connect, save money, and make car rides more environmentally friendly and fun.
The jury says…
‘Digital hitch-hikers are at the heart of the growing success of GoMore. The sharing economy concept is an example of a service design that supports, simplifies and optimises the familiar tradition of filling up the car and splitting the petrol costs. GoMore is an intelligent use of resources that can help reduce the number of cars on the roads while also facilitating access to those parts of Denmark that are hard to reach by public transportation. Over the past year, the company has accelerated its business, moving into the commercial market and expanding significantly abroad.’
CasusGrill won the Feel Good award in the first round of the Danish Design Award, which were held on 8 May 2017 in Copenhagen.