What should they do? What materials should they be made of? Applications for this year's Bolia Design Awards are now open – and we look forward to taking a look at the designs of the future. Maybe together with you? We're looking for those of you who dream of creating beautiful, sustainable designs. People with the courage to take responsibility, to take chances and to seek new paths.
Be bold, innovative and most importantly – be creative. Below you can read more about the competition, about the deadlines, practical information and take a look at our previous winners.
Application deadline: 19 April 2021
Announcement of winners: 21 May 2021
We select the winners according to principles of sustainability, certified materials and alternative production methods, a clear identity, functionality and creativity.
Our professional jury review all the submitted design proposals after the application deadline, and we will subsequently contact you if your design has made it through. For the People’s Choice Award, the jury selects 8 finalists, where our customers and followers get the chance to vote for their favourite design. All other prizes are selected by the jury. All communication throughout the application process will take place in English.
Every year since 2007, we've paid tribute to the bright new talent in the industry. To give something back. To create the space and capacity for new talent, new ideas and new ways. To challenge ourselves and our world of design. We believe that something utterly unique is created in the intersection between tradition and innovation. And that fresh, new talent is the future. That's why we're so proud to receive hundreds of applications every year, and that several winners and participants have been invited into our design collections since the very beginning. Like the Bronco vase, Latch coffee table and Pebble sofa.
We love to explore creativity and challenge the world around us and the way we work and live. We believe that something very special is created when different personalities, industries and experiences meet. Therefore, this year’s professional jury consists of a total of 5 exciting personalities, who all come from very different industries and with very different backgrounds, all with a passion for sustainability, great visions and beautiful design.
Together, they will select the 8 finalists for the Customer Prize, as well as the two winners of the Sustainability Prize and First Place. Below you can read more about the individual members of the jury and their professional background.
Emili Sindlev, Denmark
Emili Sindlev is a stylist and Creative Director with extensive experience from the fashion industry, including as a stylist for the well-known Danish magazine Eurowoman. She is known for her use and love of colours, contrasts and playful textures, and every day her 1/2 million+ Instagram followers get to experience her explosive and expressive world of colour. And it is this very distinctive signature and identity that has made her one of Europe’s biggest influencers.
Dick Spierenburg, Holland
An experienced and acclaimed architect who throughout his working life has developed a strong sense of concepts, design experiences and inspiring spaces. And is the reason why he is currently Creative Director at the IMM Cologne design fair.
Lilli Hollein, Austria
Trained as an industrial designer in Vienna and has since worked primarily with art, architecture and design. In 2007, she co-founded VIENNA DESIGN WEEK and is currently director of the company. Since the beginning, the event has become Austria’s most important creative event, with more than 43,000 visitors every year.
Lars Dyhr, Denmark
Lars Dyhr is Executive Creative Director of Design at the creative agency Uncle Grey. Lars Dyhr is creative, original and innovative and has helped launch several Danish magazines, a creative design studio, a stock-photo agency in New York and a cycling clothing brand. He has broad and extensive industry experience, but is best known for his entrepreneurial, innovative and creative work, which has resulted in several exciting collaborations with Adidas, Bolia, Pandora, Möet et Chandon, David Beckham, Ferrari, Louis Poulsen and many others.
Stefan Nilsson, Sweden
Also called Trendstefan, as the name suggests, he is Sweden’s best-known trend researcher and recognised as one of Sweden’s most influential people. He is constantly on the lookout for tomorrow’s crucial trends, directions and phenomena, especially concerning design, gastronomy, fashion and interiors. He also established the innovative modern design gallery, Designgalleriet.
Bolia was born with a passion for the Scandinavian approach to design. An approach that has gradually become a lifestyle and a commitment. To create designs that have something to say. Therefore, we don't allow ourselves to be seduced by fleeting trends, but create designs with a clear, sustainable and timeless identity. Designs that can survive generations and trends. That's why sustainability and certified materials also play a key role in this year's Bolia Design Awards. And that's why we'll be prioritising sustainability just as highly as design aesthetics, creativity and functionality.
Are you brave, creative and innovative? Do you have a keen eye for both aesthetics and function? And do you have a burning desire to revolutionise the way we consume, design, create and live? Do you live and breathe for beautiful and sustainable design experiences? And most importantly – do you really want to make it big? To get your designs out into the real world? You might be the one we're looking for in our Bolia Design Awards 2021.
Who can take part?
Anyone who hasn't yet had his or her major breakthrough yet. People who want to see their ideas come to life. People who think sustainably, creatively and who are passionate about Scandinavian design aesthetics, combined with creative quirkiness, fascinating functionality or a sustainable background.
How to take part
You can enter up to three different designs from 29 January to 19 April 2021. Use our online form to tell us about your thoughts and how you think your design(s) fits into our Scandinavian universe. We place great emphasis on sustainability and alternative materials, so this should be thought into your design proposal. For us, sustainability means several things – from aesthetics, choice of materials, packaging, transport and perhaps other things that we haven't thought of yet?
You don't need to have a prototype ready when you enter, but you'll need to elaborate your ideas about any line drawings/3D drawings and give us a clear idea about the functionality, design, use and sustainability aspects.
- First place (DKK 50,000)
- People’s Choice Award (DKK 25,000)
The People’s Choice Award is chosen by our customers. The jury selects 8 finalists to be voted for on Bolia.com. Our customers are subsequently allowed to decide which design appeals to them most. All finalists are selected on the basis of aesthetics, creativity, sustainability and functionality.
- Sustainability Prize (DKK 25,000)
The Sustainability Prize is awarded to the design that shows sustainability has been thought into every single detail and component. A design with a timeless identity, expression and form. A design that is perhaps made of sustainable, reused and recycled materials? A design with a long lifetime and interchangeable components that create relevance year after year.