On April 7, the winners of the Danish Design Award 2016 were announced during a great award show in Industriens Hus (home of the Confederation of Danish Industries) in Copenhagen. The aim of the relaunched prize, which was organised by the Danish Design Centre and the industry organisation Design denmark, was to pay tribute to the effect and impact of Danish design.
Before the show, the jury had picked nominees for 11 main categories from a field of 282 design solutions that were submitted. In addition to the 11 main categories, the Danish Design Award also included four special awards, including the Icon Award, the People’s Choice, Visionary Concepts and Young Talent.
“This year’s winners really illustrate the broadness of Danish design today, and exemplify an innovation power that we as a design nation can be proud of. There is a veritable catalogue of ways in which design can help solve the most crucial questions – about future growth and welfare, about sustainability and a better working life. We have brought companies and designers together through Denmark’s new design award and created an international window for design,” stated Morten Grøn, CEO of Design Denmark.
Among the winners of a Danish Design Award you will find the Danish design brand Ege and the Power Glove by the young Danish designer Morten Grønning Nielsen, with whom we had a short talk last year. In addition, the disinfection device Yellowone Handsafe and the refugee shelter Lifeshelter won awards at the Danish Design Award 2016 – both solutions were nominated for the 2015 INDEX: Design to Improve Life award.
A total of 15 prizes were awarded to the following design solutions.
In the category Clean World, Ege and Carol Appleton won with the design solution Reform Memory – a carpet made from recycled water bottles and fishing nets. This is an innovative example of how sustainability can be incorporated into an industrial process and how the circular economy can be good business, without compromising on aesthetics or function.
The special award Young Talent was won by the design student Morten Grønning Nielsen, whose Power Glove makes it possible to shape hard materials such as stone and wood with your hands.
In the category Better Work, Cama Plastics and Hân Pham and Carsten Bech won with the design solution Yellowone Handsafe – a simple, easily understood solution that allows health-care workers to disinfect their hands without leaving a patient. It is a part of the solution to the global problem of poor hand hygiene, which annually kills more than 16 million people.
In the category Daily Life, Evershelter and Jacob Christensen and Claus Heding won with the design solution Lifeshelter – a new, robust and flexible form of shelter for refugees that increases security and dignity and gives the possibility of a kind of a normal life in a chaotic situation.
Almost 2,000 Danes voted online for the special award People’s Choice. The winner was Lifeshelter, which thus won its second award for its new, robust and flexible form of shelter for refugees that increases security, dignity and gives the possibility of a normal life in a chaotic situation.
In the category Employment Growth, Coloplast and the Coloplast Design Team won with the design solution SenSura Mio – a sympathetic rethinking of the ostomy bag, which makes life easier for millions of people.
In the category Message Received, I’MPERFECT X LOVERAMICS X OLAIYA, 3X and Jesper von Wieding, David Ramskov, Eddy Yu, Hung Lam, Joseph Foo, Luke Teong, Leong Kah Fai, Wang Shaoqiang and Cho Chong Gee won with the design solution I’MPERFECT (I AM PERFECT) – a design that sends a strong message and promotes sustainability by allowing the products we usually consider as seconds to get a new life as unique specimens by incorporating the imperfect.
In the category Save Money, Innogie and Kristian Harley Hansen and Stephan Olesen won with the design solution Innogie Roofing System – an aesthetic and innovative solar power roofing system that becomes profitable within a few years at a reasonable price per square metre.
In the category Share Resources, Be My Eyes and Hans Jørgen Wiberg and Christian Erfurt Hansen won with the design solution Be My Eyes – a groundbreaking concept consisting of an app that helps people with a visual impairment through a global network of committed volunteers. It brings the sharing economy into a new phase where we can share our senses.
In the category Feel Good, The Commercial Foundation for Blind People’s Work and Rosa Tolnov Clausen won with the design solution H.O.W. or Hands On Wowen. This is a tactile tool that makes it possible to involve blind weavers as co-designers and invites users to ‘see with your fingers’, allowing us to see the world through another’s perspective by translating the blind weaver’s experience for us.
In the category Better Learning, Labster and Mads Bonde and Michael Bodekær won with the design solution Labster Virtual Laboratories – an innovative laboratory simulator that uses new technology to bridge the gap between physical and digital learning and brings highly specialised laboratory training to many more people.
In the category Healthy Life, Icono Development Project and Peter Bysted, Philip Egebak and Peter Kjær Mackie Jensen won with the design solution The Child-Friendly Latrine Project – a new, efficient type of latrine for disaster areas and refugee camps, which tackles a huge, global problem. It can reduce the number of fatal infections and the danger to children and families in disaster areas.
In the category Outstanding Service, Be My Eyes and Hans Jørgen Wiberg and Christian Erfurt Hansen won again with the design solution Be My Eyes, since the solution is also regarded as a service. It is quite innovative in how its uses technology to create new communities and relationships between people.
The special Icon Award was won by Skype, originally created by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, for simply revolutionising the way we communicate with each other. Skype not only put an end to high phone bills, but changed the entire communications field. It quickly became an iconic and colloquial verb across the globe.
The special award Visionary Concepts was won by Kirkbi and Realdania and URGENT.AGENCY and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) with the design solution Capital of Children – a comprehensive, complex and visionary project that puts children first and aims to help the world to think differently by listening to the young and learning from children’s perspectives.
Congratulations to all the winners!