The first edition of the Scandinavian Design Awards took place on February 6 in the prestigious city hall of Stockholm, host of the traditional Nobel Prize ceremony, giving the start of the Stockholm Furniture Fair and the Stockholm Design Week. Eight prizes were awarded.
The result of a partnership between the publishing company It Is Media and the Stockholm Furniture Fair, the first Scandinavian Design Awards were presented on Monday, February 6. The prizes are awarded by a jury chaired by the architectural historian and writer Martin Rörby, and composed of 19 other members, all of whom come from the architecture and design sectors in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. An award to celebrate established and emerging Scandinavian talent in the field of architecture, interior design, design and landscape design. A successful evening, which, far from being ultra protocol, distilled a benevolent energy, humor and musical breaks.
One award, 8 categories
For its launch, the organizers have determined 8 categories. The first 4 categories were for outstanding products or projects and the other 4 categories were for professionals in each of the above fields. The 2023 winners are as follows:
- Designer of the Year: Swedish duo Folkform, formed by Anna Holmquist and Chandra Ahlsell
- Architecture of the Year: The Plus project by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) for Vestre
- Publisher of the Year: Massproduction
- Rising Star of the Year: Finnish designer Antrei Hartikainen
- Landscape Designer of the Year: awarded to Mariann Gundersen for “Vill hageglede” (owner’s private garden)
- Furniture of the year: 4PM lounge chair, designed by Chris Martin for Massproductions
- Interior Design Element of the Year: The Soft Serve Lamp by Crème Atelier
- Sustainability Award of the Year: Vestre for The Plus
Finnish designer Antrei Hartikainen won the Rising Star of the Year award © Ville Vappula-Hires
Swedish designers Anna Holmquist and Chandra Ahlsell, who make up the duo Folkform, have been named Designer of the Year
The winners’ projects are on display at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, and there is also an exhibition curated by Folkform at Stockholm Design Week at Svenskt Tenn.