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Bolia Design Awards 2020: sustainability at the heart of the selection!

After studying nearly 900 proposals from around the world, the Bolia Design Awards 2020 jury decided on the 3 winners, selected on criteria of creativity, functionality, aesthetics, potential, and especially sustainability. The winning projects all have the possibility of being part of future Bolia collections.

Since 2007, Bolia has organized the Bolia Design Awards every year: an event aimed at bringing out the new talents of New Scandinavian Design. The brand is looking for creative, original and unique interpretations of Scandinavian design, with a particular emphasis on sustainability issues, through the use of reused or recycled materials, but also alternative production methods.

1st Prize: ZEN RUG carpet

Emily Bloom, Tapis ZEN RUG

Zen Rug allowed the Danish Emily broom to win the 1st prize. Created during the confinement due to the coronavirus, the carpet responds to a need to feel safe, rooted, and to find a serenity that has disappeared in these uncertain times. Like the Japanese “Karesansui” or “Zen” stone gardens, this rug captures the calming elements of nature through simple, clean lines and sustainable materials, such as recycled PET yarn, which helps to give a second life for used plastic bottles. The jury particularly appreciated this design because of its history, its interpretation of well-being and serenity, and its sustainable dimension.

Sustainable Price: Relics containers

Georgia Von le Fort, Relics

The Sustainable Price has been attributed to Relics, a series of containers intended to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Imagined by the German designer Georgia von le Fort, this project was born out of a desire to recycle porcelain waste, a material which, when crushed and then passed under cold water, has the particularity of producing a natural cooling effect. by evaporation. The aesthetics, close to a tray of eggs, particularly pleased the jury, as did the spirit of sustainability present at all stages of design and manufacture.

Audience Award: Folding One Chair

Stepan Korobetskyi, Folding One Chair

The winner of the Audience Award is Ukrainian designer Stepan Korobetskyi, with the Folding One Chair. The inspiration came to him when he noticed the absence of beautiful folding and ecological chairs on the market, these being often made of plastic or aluminum. Stepan Korobetskyi thus had the idea of creating a chair from natural, resistant and durable materials, such as wood, and easy to transport a dish, for an optimized and more durable delivery. Ideal for small spaces, this chair has convinced the public thanks to its clear and precise function, its light structure, and its elegant appearance.