The Danish Design Award is carried out by Danish Design Center and the industry organization Design denmark. Presented at a large ceremony at Industriens Hus in the heart of Copenhagen, the award highlighted companies and designers across the country and the impact their solutions have on the industry, society, and everyday life.
Among the winners in the 11 categories and 4 special awards were Coloplast with Heylo — this year’s Healthy Life award winner — a leakage notification system that detects and notifies people with a stoma about leakage via an app. Design firm Designit’s tool Futures Generator, a tool that can predict the future using advanced machine learning which can be suitable for designers as well as those not used to working with design, won the Utopia category. Designer Andreas Ranch and his team at SOWA have created the only 100% wireless public address system in the world that can connect between an unlimited number of speakers and do it with a range of over 200 meters. They’re this year’s winner of Feel Good – Product, while furniture designer Julie Strange wins Feel Good – Furniture for the lamp series A1, made from a single sheet of uncut paper, pleated into a self-supportive shape. 25-year-old Henry Glogau holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and Extreme Environments from the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen and currently works for 3XN. His thesis project, Solar Desalination Skylight, is part of his efforts to create better living conditions for poor communities in Chile, disconnected from primary resources like formal water, light, and energy systems, with special attention to design’s social and environmental aspects. At Danish Design Award, he was awarded Young Talent of the year.
The Swan by Lendager is the first circular kindergarten in the world. It was built on the site of a former school using repurposed materials from the previous buildings, saving 6.278 metric tons of materials and 177.668 kilos of CO2. At the award, it won the Save Resources category and the new tender process for sustainable demolition has become industry standard and will save enormous resources in the future.
Statement of the jury: This is a unique upcycling project pointing towards a better future. The project’s circular approach is outstanding. It proves that it is possible to save resources without compromising design, user experience, or quality by reusing existing materials instead of producing new ones. By doing so, The Swan contributes to solving one of our most pressing problems: harnessing the planet’s limited resources.
Lapee by designers Gina Périer and Alexander Egebjerg is a women’s urinal, allowing women quickly, safely, and hygienically to pee in public spaces, at events, festivals, and anywhere they need. It supports women’s rights and feelings of inclusion and acknowledgment.
The jury: This product is designed for easy accessibility and privacy. The Lapee concept is exceptionally well thought out in contextual design and design thinking. It’s a true game-changer for festivals in particular, but it definitely has a broader potential in public spaces but also in refugee camps, for example. It comes with a strong statement in a time that is ripe for gender discussions and gender equality.
Christina Melander, program manager for the Danish Design Award and the Danish Design Center, looks forward to seeing the difference design makes.
— Once again, we see fantastic designers, companies, and organizations, each with their inspiring solutions that help strengthen Denmark’s position as a design nation. Design solutions that span a broad range of categories, but all share the goal of inspiring a better, liveable, and more sustainable future, she says.
— It is fantastic to see the scope and the great generosity in this year’s design solutions. The Danish Design Award writes history every year, but in a way that points towards the future. Winners and finalists truly manage to build bridges between the great Danish cultural heritage of the past in design and the transformation of how humans think about and perceive the world around them, Henrik Lübker, CEO, Design denmark, adds.