It was international potential and the courage to cut across boundaries that were celebrated at the Design Awards 2015, established by the three major Danish lifestyle magazines Bo Bedre, Bolig Magasinet and Costume Living.
Paustian’s beautiful showroom, designed by world-renowned architect Jørn Utzon, formed the setting for this year’s Design Awards, where the Danish interior industry and the designers were celebrated by the Danish Minister of Culture, Bertel Haarder and nearly 600 guests.
Utzon’s unique and internationally renowned architecture complemented this year’s award winners, who have all – in their own ways – showcased the concept of Danish design in the international sphere. This is particularly the case for the winners of the category ‘Designer of the Year’; the Danish–Italian design duo GamFratesi (Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi) has made a really successful attempt to enter the international design scene with its highly distinctive design. Recently, the duo has drawn attention to itself with a daybed designed for the Italian manufacturer Porro. In fact, this particular piece of furniture, which goes by the dynamic name of ‘Traveller’, even won the category ‘Furniture of the Year’.
The winner in the category ‘Innovative of the Year’ went very appropriately to the Danish brand Gubi, which was awarded for having the courage to go its own way, and for being one of the most internationally minded design brands in Denmark right now. Gubi has recently distinguished itself by opening a new flagship store in Copenhagen, setting new standards for international decor.
Denmark in the world – and the world in Denmark – was also the theme of the ‘Craftsman of the Year’ award. This acclaim went to Tortus and the US-born ceramist Eric Landon, who has settled in the centre of Copenhagen. He not only makes poetic pottery, but also brands himself internationally on social media and runs workshops, with participants from all over the world.
The winner of the category ‘Comeback of the Year’ was the great Danish chair ‘The Tired Man’, designed by Flemming Lassen and produced by By Lassen. The jury’s rationale for choosing this particular piece of furniture was again the international vision it encompasses. ‘This cosy, upholstered wing chair expands the spectrum of what Danish furniture design can be,’ commented the jury.
Danish design with international potential is doubtless also found in the showrooms of furniture manufacturers Carl Hansen & Søn, whose work includes a lot of Hans J Wegner designs. Thanks to CEO and owner Knud Erik Hansen, this fine furniture is sold worldwide. For this achievement, he was given the award for being ‘Most Passionate’ – raising the bar for Danish design internationally with a brand manufactured in Denmark. As well as being a true global Dane, Knud Erik Hansen has been a substantial influence on the Danish design scene for years.
Winners, Design Awards 2015:
Furniture of the Year: Traveller, designed by Gamfratesi for Porro
Designer of the Year: Gamfratesi
Lamp of the Year: Light Forest, designed by Ontwerpduo for &Tradition
Newcomer of the Year: Karakter
Comeback of the Year: The Tired Man, designed by Flemming Lassen for By Lassen
Design of the Year: Taffel, designed by Magrethe Odgaard for Georg Jensen Damask
Smart Home Award of the Year: Parrot Flower Power, designed by Parrot for Parrot
Craftsman of the Year: Tortus
Innovator of the Year: Gubi
Most Passionate: Knud Erik Hansen, Carl Hansen & Søn
Blogger of the Year: Sonoma Seven, by Mille Grath
Readers’ Favourite: Taffel, designed by Magrethe Odgaard for Georg Jensen Damask
Judges, Design Awards 2015:
Erik Rimmer, Editor in Chief, Bo Bedre
Helle Blok, Editor in Chief, Bolig Magasinet
Charlotte Ravnholt, Co-editor Bo Bedre and Costume Living
Uffe Buchard, Darling Creative Studio
Anette Eckmann, Eskmann Studio
Susanne Holte, Supress
Jesper von Wieding, Creative Director, 3X