Are you creative and visionary – and dream of making a difference with your designs? Enter this year's Bolia Design Awards and help write the next chapter on New Scandinavian Design. We're looking for new talent that can surprise, challenge and invite us on a journey, where focus is on sustainability, alternative materials and Scandinavian simplicity.

The next chapter on New Scandinavian Design

Be bold and creative. Think great thoughts and imagine anything is possible. We are looking for talent that will surprise and move us, and that manages to take us on new creative adventures. And most importantly, we are looking for designs that consider sustainability as the fundamental premise. Sustainability means many things to us. It can mean transport, production, materials, function, lifetime and reusability. We'll leave it up to you.

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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 place in future design collections.

Bolia was born with a passion for Scandinavian aesthetics and approach to design. An approach that has gradually become a lifestyle. An obligation. 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 2020.

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How to take part


You can enter up to three designs before 20 April 2020. Tell us about your thoughts behind it 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.

You don't need to have a prototype ready when you sign up to enter, but any line drawings/3D drawings and a clear idea about the functionality, design, use and sustainability should be elaborated.

Practice and process


Application deadline: 20 April 2020

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 the eye of the needle. For the Customer Prize, 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.

Prizes

 

  1. Prize (DKK 50,000)

  2. Customer Prize (DKK 25,000)

The Customer Prize 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.

  1. 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.

Bolia Design Awards 2019 counted more than 500 different design proposals from all over the world. Creative minds from Canada, Taiwan, Israel, Russia, Vietnam, The United Arab Emirates, Germany, Norway and many more shared their personal take on New Scandinavian Design.

Our professional jury had a really difficult job, short-listing and selecting the finest designs, based on creativity, potential, 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.