Danish Design Awards celebrated the cream of the crop in Kolding

The second round of Danish Design Awards took place on Wednesday evening in Kolding, where the winners of four new prize categories and two special prizes were revealed.

- It is a great pleasure to present the next team of Danish Design Award winners. The field of winners cement a very high degree of innovation and value in the solutions that designers and companies make together across countries, says Henrik Weiglin, CEO of Design Denmark.

- Danish Design Awards categories reflect the entire palette of design that makes a difference for the individual, for companies and communities. The price also shows that design is the tool that makes companies competitive and enables them to develop new, better solutions, in empathy with users and customers, says Christian Bason, CEO of the Danish Design Center.

- The finalists and winning field shows a nice width in Danish design. At the same time, it illustrates in the best possible way in which Danish business and the public sector have really taken design as a tool to not only create attractive solutions but also handle complex challenges on the users' behalf, says Thit Juul Madsen, Director of D2I.

The four new Danish Design Award categories and winners in 2017 are:

  • In the Building Markets category, the GoMore carpool solution that connects motorists and helps them save money and make the drive more environmentally friendly and social.
  • In the Fostering Partnerships category, Venligbolig won with their housing concept that allows municipalities and citizens to collaborate to find suitable housing for refugees while preventing increased ghetto formation.
  • In the category Improved Welfare, Scandinavian Indoor won with their series of rollators, adapted for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • In the Game Changer category, Open Embassy won with a design concept that, with its popup embassy, represents a whole new way of making embassies where diplomacy moves out to the people rather than hide in guarded domiciles.

In the special award Young Talent this year, two winners were proclaimed:

  • Sofie Holm Larsen for her design solution Poetic instructions in heart massage - an animation film that visualizes the instructions in cardiac massage.
  • Emilie Dissing Wiehe for her solution RO - three custom designed products that will enhance the quality of life for dementia patients.

RAM'N won the special award People's Choice for their single appealing tree frame, with an additional mechanism that extends the function from framing to storage.

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