BO BEDRE DESIGN AWARDS 2019
To celebrate Norwegian design – Bo Bedre hosted their annual Design Awards this week where some of our talented designers, craft artists and best producers received well deserved prizes. “Never has so many new products been launched in one year, its never been more difficult to choose. The development within Norwegian design has been incredible.” – Cecilie Molvær Jørgensen, editor in chief, Bo Bedre. Its the 11.th time the awards were held, and as previous years, what a night!
The winners of Bo. Bedre´s Design Awards 2019
Furniture of the year – Aura Chair (above) by Andreas Engesvik for the new Norwegian National Museum. Aura is a beautiful chair that adds a seductive softness and elegance to the room where it will be used. In its design the chair has contours that point both back and forwards in time. I look very much forward to seeing it in the new museum. More about Aura here.
Lamp of the year – Fienile by Daniel Rybakken for Luceplan. Fienile is a minimalist table lamp, first created as a table lamp but then interpreted in suspension and floor models for outdoor use. The geometric forms are based on those of simple rural buildings.The facades of the lamp and the lateral ends have been envisioned by Rybakken as a sort of delicately lit stage, a place for cherished objects, giving rise to unusual compositions of light and shadow, colors and materials.
Daniel Rybakken also received the price Innovation of the year for his Vitrine – a TV created for Panasonic and Vitra.
Accessory of the year – Heymat+, created by Kristine Five Melvær for Heymat. A everyday product with beautiful and timeless design and great function. The design is inspired by the ritual of coming home and wants to make the transition between outside and home to a calm and harmonious experience. Kristine Five Melvær also won the prize Designer of the year.
Producer of the year – Høie. The jury was impressed by how the 170 year old producer manages to reinvent themselves through innovation and how they use design both in developing products, packaging and marketing – always seeking to collaborate with experts from the different fields. I couldn’t agree more. Read more about Høie here.
New comer of the year – Poppy Lawman. Poppy just graduated from Oslo Met and has a great passion for details and an interesting way of exploring slow design. The jury says “Poppy is curious, playful and not scared to experiment. Her work stands out as eclectic and “weird”, at the same time very interesting. She has a great sense of materiality and shape who differs from others with its contemporary expression.” More about Poppy´s design here.
Readers choice – Loud av Färge og Blanche for Northern. Loud is an elegant cabinet/drink trolley launched in 2017 when Northern launched their very first collection of furniture. Northern´s CEO, Ove Rogne, said at the time that Northerns furniture should be a creative addition to any interior which Loud certainly is.
Relaunch of the year – Ekstrem chair by Terje Ekstrøm for Varier.
Craft design of the year – #365vases by Ann Kristin Einarsen.