At Bolia, we believe that the future lies in new, emerging talent, which is why we established the Bolia Design Awards back in 2007, with the desire to pay tribute to talented designers who haven't had their big breakthrough yet, giving them a chance to put their abilities to the test and give the winners a chance to be featured in future design collections. This year's Bolia Design Awards has drawn to a close and the winners have been selected.
This year's winners are…
Over 500 submitted design ideas have been scrutinised with great admiration. The field has been impressive once again this year, and we have received design ideas from all over the world – entrants from Canada, Taiwan, Israel, Russia, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Norway and more have come with their own personal proposals for new Scandinavian design.
Our jury has selected the winners, and each design has been evaluated based on potential, creativity, innovation, functionality and sustainability.
Marbled salts by Roxane Lahidji, France
Marbled salts explores future manufacturing possibilities by reinventing salt as a sustainable material for design applications.
The research focused on predicting a possible future where materials are no longer excavated but recycled composites infinitely renewable. The project uses salt’s self-binding properties to mould a set of small side tables and low stools resembling luxurious stones. The design was focused on rare or costly shapes, as such objects would generate a significant amount of material waste if produced from natural stone Coal powder and natural pigments mimic the aesthetics of expensive natural stone such as marble
Marbled salts is made from 95% Sea Salt - one of the most available and cheap resources on the planet, and was developed with an intermediary lifetime in order to remain easily reusable and follow consumption fashions. Inspired from old marble faking techniques Marbled Salts draws a contradictory parallel between the flexible versatility of salt and the material language of heavy and solid rock.
Moonlight by Fabio Pugliese, Italy
Swipe, slide, scroll. A gesture is a way to face technology, in a time where relations between objects and users are becoming ephemeral.
Moonlight affirms the importance of gestures in creating a different relationship between the user and the object. The intensity of the light is modulated by sliding the sphere on the structure. The pivotal stick, inserted into the light source and linked to an internal dimmer, will regulate the light.
The materials chosen for the presentation underline the simplicity of the shapes and interaction but a possible variation is to use a wooden structure with a square section instead of the proposed tubular metal frame.
13Rosas by Cenlitrosmetrocadrado, Spain
13Rosas is a system of equipment for social areas. The design process explores the functional aspects and interactions in this context and offers a light, flexible and aesthetic solution.
A piece of furniture aimed to meet, share and socialize with. With a Nordic aesthetic, it is based on subtle nuances of blues and greys that contrast with the intensity of orange. The global approach wants to be timeless both in form and in the colour palette in order to be subtly integrated into any open space.
Wooden planes are used on these light structures in order to create seating and working surfaces. On the other hand, cushions made of textile and foam can be easily combined in order to compose the rest area according to the different needs.
Moonlight by Fabio Pugliese, Italy
This beautiful and innovative lamp, designed by Fabio Pugliese, is both the winner of this year's Customer Prize and runner-up in the main competition, proving its value and admiration from both professionals and customers.
Combining form and function, Moonlight allows you to adjust the intensity of its light by moving the orb. An innovative design that emulates the Moon's orbit around us all.
Bolia Design Awards 2020
We're already looking forward to Bolia Design Awards 2020, which will kick off in spring 2020. We look forward once again to celebrating the budding talent that embellishes, develops and shapes our design world in unexpected and challenging ways every day.
See you in 2020!
Joachim Froment - '0.6 Chair'
Fabio Vogel – 'Bronco'
Engvall & Moen – 'In Circles' lamp
Andreas Vang - 'Tectonic Watch'
Ditte Buus Nielsen - 'Hedge'
Christine Rathmann - 'Harry'
About Bolia Design Awards 2019
With good design comes great responsibility and we're not just fanatical about ensuring our collections are beautiful. We're also fanatical about how they come to the world. We are discerning when it comes to the materials, craftsmanship and the environment, and for us, New Scandinavian Design isn't just about what we do, it's also about where we do it. The majority of our collection is designed and manufactured in Denmark and Europe.
We want to increase the use of organic and recyclable materials in our product development and extend the lifetime of every single design. Our goal is quite simply to create beautiful and clean products that are designed to last for many years.
New Scandinavian Design is the playground that defines our style and identity. We love new classics, creative icons make us feel euphoric, and we fall in love with aesthetic yet functional designs that enhance and inspire our everyday lives. Oh yes, and we especially love organic, sustainable materials and good craftsmanship with a strong focus on details.
We look forward to seeing your ideas for a new, challenging, well-thought-out design. Be creative, bold and ambitious – we always are.
The jury will select the 3 best and most creative designs. In addition to the jury's choice, there will also be a customer prize, decided by a vote in which our followers get the opportunity to choose their favourite design.
Winning cool cash is always nice, but it's only one of the things you can win when you enter the Bolia Design Award. The selected designs are also given the chance to be put into production and end up in Bolia's collection.
1st prize - DKK 40,000 (€5,400)
2nd prize - DKK 30,000 (€4,000)
3rd prize - DKK 20,000 (€2,700)
Customer prize - DKK 10,000 (€1,350)