Bolia Design Award

Thank you so much! We are overwhelmed and thrilled. This years Bolia Design Awards has been nothing but amazing. With more than 400 creative, brave and chunky design proposals, the jury had quite a job cutting down the strong field. Let's give it up for the winners.

Find all the pictures from Bolia Design Award here

0.6 Chair

Joachim Froment

Denmark

Europe and North America account for about two thirds of the global production and consumption of sawnwood (which hovers at 5OO million cubic meters a year) with an estimated $40 trillion according to an FAO report. In the last 300 years we have cut about 40% of global forests following WWF. Based on historical trends, the production and consumption of wood products are expected to increase. OECD speak about a Wood harvesting grew by 20% between 1980 and 2008. Across the board, wooden chairs weigh between 6 and 15kg, which means that it is important to design long-lasting products and reduce the quantity of wood per product to counterbalance this market trend.

How to design strong wooden furniture with a minimum amount of wood? Laminated wood has been developed in the 1950s with Eames chairs and has shown great mechanical improvements for decades since. However, wood consumption since the 1950s has also drastically increased. We need to improve and design better with less material. 0.6 Chair is a dining chair and café chair with a new process of laminated wood. A combination of wood veneer and carbon fibre fabric highly reinforces the whole structure and brings down the thickness of this chair to only 0.6mm. Structural curves and angles in the design help this chair being incredibly strong and only requires 3 to 5 wooden veneers (depending of the thickness of the chosen veneer) with a total weight of under 2kg.

The aim of this project was to create a piece with a minimum of material, a product often used but that manifest the fragility of our ecosystem and the preciosity of material. This chair is designed to be light, robust and that last longer.

Christian Hammer Juhl

10:1

Denmark

10: 1 is a series of furniture consisting of a sofa, a lounge chair and a stool. The furniture is made from special dense foam that allows it to be compressed down to 10% of its original size under vacuum. This makes it more sustainable to transport the furniture from industry to store, and easier to move from store to home, and home to home.

The furniture is inspired by the effect of globalization on our increasing mobility, and the impact of urbanization on the decreasing size of our living spaces. 10:1 hopes to accommodate these new ways of living by creating ease in our nomadic lifestyle where we move from place to place, or may change the living spaces in our home.

The property of the furniture also fits our globalized ways of production, where things are being produced far away from where it is being sold. 10:1 offers the possibility of minimizing our carbon footprint by not transporting air across the globe.

10: 1 is a series of furniture consisting of a sofa, a lounge chair and a stool. The furniture is made from special dense foam that allows it to be compressed down to 10% of its original size under vacuum. This makes it more sustainable to transport the furniture from industry to store, and easier to move from store to home, and home to home.

The furniture is inspired by the effect of globalization on our increasing mobility, and the impact of urbanization on the decreasing size of our living spaces. 10:1 hopes to accommodate these new ways of living by creating ease in our nomadic lifestyle where we move from place to place, or may change the living spaces in our home.

The property of the furniture also fits our globalized ways of production, where things are being produced far away from where it is being sold. 10:1 offers the possibility of minimizing our carbon footprint by not transporting air across the globe.

NANASHI

Malgorzata Hinz

Poland

Open and closed spaces are the contradictions that constitute the essence of architecture. Isolation is conducive to rest, self-reflection and concentration that are necessary to achieve mental and spiritual comfort. A closed, individual space gives the human a sense of security and allows him to identify with it. In turn, open spaces support a sense of freedom, creativity and process of integration with the society. There is no golden rule, which simply says what kind of space we need to live comfortably. Comfort is a variable mixture of physical, emotional and intellectual feelings depending on each other, which makes it impossible to measure.

 I decided to beat the dualistic problem of human's space needs by creation the possibility of interior's personalisation. I designed a compact screen- NANASHI.

Dressing room's spaces are often replaced by wardrobes with clothes. However, there is a lack of space where you can feel comfortable in daily intimate activities. In addition of being women's assistant, Nanashi can play the role of mood lighting or temporary partition wall. Besides that, there are also hangers and a mirror that can easily pop-up from the wooden part of the furniture. Thanks to its small size after folding, easily fits to the car's trunk or wardrobe.

To find an inspiration for form of my screen, I decided to make an mind-map. It led me from word SCREEN through JAPAN, so -of course- GEISHA was the very next one and finally- HAND FAN. This inspiration was perfect for my previous establishment- small, light-weight and light- looking form. The biggest challenge of this project was to find perfect material for huge fan and find the way of its smooth folding.

Open and closed spaces are the contradictions that constitute the essence of architecture. Isolation is conducive to rest, self-reflection and concentration that are necessary to achieve mental and spiritual comfort. A closed, individual space gives the human a sense of security and allows him to identify with it. In turn, open spaces support a sense of freedom, creativity and process of integration with the society. There is no golden rule, which simply says what kind of space we need to live comfortably. Comfort is a variable mixture of physical, emotional and intellectual feelings depending on each other, which makes it impossible to measure.

 I decided to beat the dualistic problem of human's space needs by creation the possibility of interior's personalisation. I designed a compact screen- NANASHI.

Dressing room's spaces are often replaced by wardrobes with clothes. However, there is a lack of space where you can feel comfortable in daily intimate activities. In addition of being women's assistant, Nanashi can play the role of mood lighting or temporary partition wall. Besides that, there are also hangers and a mirror that can easily pop-up from the wooden part of the furniture. Thanks to its small size after folding, easily fits to the car's trunk or wardrobe.

To find an inspiration for form of my screen, I decided to make an mind-map. It led me from word SCREEN through JAPAN, so -of course- GEISHA was the very next one and finally- HAND FAN. This inspiration was perfect for my previous establishment- small, light-weight and light- looking form. The biggest challenge of this project was to find perfect material for huge fan and find the way of its smooth folding.

Santiago Bautista

Pebble

Denmark

Reading a book, having a coffee, watching a show, taking a nap... a sofa is much more than just a furniture for seating. And yet, with such a flexible nature, its design remains to be very rigid, symmetric and confined. Pebble is an experiment that aims to rethink the traditional configuration of a sofa and explore the possibilities of this object. 

The main idea was to create a fun and dynamic element that will extend beyond its boundaries embracing the adjacent furniture and inviting the user to find their preferred spot... Just as we would do on a pile of rocks in nature.

Reading a book, having a coffee, watching a show, taking a nap... a sofa is much more than just a furniture for seating. And yet, with such a flexible nature, its design remains to be very rigid, symmetric and confined. Pebble is an experiment that aims to rethink the traditional configuration of a sofa and explore the possibilities of this object. 

The main idea was to create a fun and dynamic element that will extend beyond its boundaries embracing the adjacent furniture and inviting the user to find their preferred spot... Just as we would do on a pile of rocks in nature.

All young talents need their big break, their discovery, their ticket into the big league, and we want to be the ones to give them that.
We believe that young, fresh talent is the future of our industry and we welcome it with open arms.

The Bolia Design Award was created to do just that, and we’re proud to say that we’ve not just found many of our own designers through this initiative – we’ve helped a wealth of young hopefuls into a competitive but amazing world of furniture design too.

It’s not just about recognition and honour, it’s also a healthy grant of €13,500 to get them started. And did we mention the chance to have your designs put into production and become a member of the world class Bolia Design Team?
Submit your innovative Scandinavian design ideas to us and you might take part in our new collection.

 

 So here you are full of big dreams, big ideas and big talent. What next? You need your big break. Your discovery, your ticket to the ride. Well this is it. The Bolia Design Awards exists with one big mission in mind. To find the freshest minds out there, to identify and nurture the talent that will define the future of furniture design, and with open arms we welcome you. We want you to shine, we want you to succeed. 

New Scandinavian Design is the playground, which defines our style and identity. Don’t get fooled by the old way of thinking Scandinavian Design as minimalistic and light. We love new classics, get high on creative icons and we tend to fall in love with aesthetic, yet functional designs that improve or inspire our everyday life. And oh, we really love organic materials and good craftsmanship with fine attention to detail. 


It’s important you have the courage to present the judges to a new, challenging and consistent, well-thought-out design. Be creative, daring and ambitious – we look forward to seeing your ideas.

The selection

The jury will select the 3 best and most creative designs. There will also be a customer’s prize, which will be a vote to see which design is the most popular and desirable amongst all our followers.

Winning cool cash is nice, but that is only one of the good things that can spin out of participating in the Bolia Design Award.

Selected designs have the chance to be set into production and end up in the Bolia range. This will only happen with the acceptance of the designer based on a fair royalty agreement.

The most talented participants also get the opportunity to become a part of the Bolia Design Team. As a part of the design team, you will receive an annual design brief, packed with trends, colours, materials, inspiration and much, much more. With this in hand you’ll have the opportunity, on a contractual freelance basis, to create new spectacular pieces for the Bolia collections. A great way to make money doing what you love.


The prizes

1st prize - 40.000 DKK (€5,400)

2nd prize - 30.000 DKK (€4,000)

3th prize - 20.000 DKK (€2,700)

Customer’s prize - 10.000 DKK (€1,350)

The 2018 finalists

'NOMAD' by Johannes Lindner
Germany

'NANASHI' by Malgorzata Hinz
Poland

'10:1' by Christian Hammer Juhl
Denmark

'Bean' by Gunnar Nygren
Sweden

'Pebble' by Santiago Bautista
Denmark

'0.6 Chair' by Joachim Froment
Belgian

'Latti' by Ewa Kurowska
Ireland

'Hibernation Rug' by Sofie Genz
Denmark

2017 
Fabio Vogel – 'Bronco'


2016
Engvall & Moen  – 'In Circles' lamp

2015
Andreas Vang - 'Tectonic Watch'

2014
Ditte Buus Nielsen - 'Hedge'

2013
Christine Rathmann - 'Harry'