Eight designs showcasing 'high levels of aesthetic value', ranging from an origami folding radiator to a sustainable chair made from felt, have been shortlisted in the DesignEuropa Awards.
Representing the best of European industrial and product design, the DesignEuropa Awards, organised by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), celebrates excellence in design and design management across Europe.
The finalists in two categories: Industry and Small and Emerging Companies have been revealed, along with the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which goes to Hartmut Esslinger, a German industrial designer with a global career spanning five decades, renowned for his collaboration with Steve Jobs and Apple.
Here we take a look at the home-related designs that have made the shortlist.
1. Origami folding radiator (RCD owner and manufacturer: Tubes Radiatori SrL. Designer: AlbertoMeda)
Inspired by the Japanese art of origami, this product is an extendable, foldable radiator. The quality of the design application and the dynamic nature and flexibility of the product’s design were both praised by the jury.
2. Nico Less chair (RCD owner and manufacturer: DONAR d.o.o. Designer: Primož Jeza)
The Nico Less is a simple, but unique, chair made of felt (70 per cent of which is made from recycled plastic bottles). The chair’s shape is achieved by a combination of heat and pressure, to produce a comfortable design that adapts to the shape of the human body. The jury underlined the product’s sustainability and ease of use.
3. Intercom smart video doorbell (RCD owner and manufacturer: Fibar Group, S.A. Designer: Maciej Fiedler)
Developed by FIBARO, a Polish-based company which operates in the Internet of Things sector, Intercom allows users to remotely manage access to their homes via high quality, full HD video using a very wide angle camera. The jury highlighted the integration of digital technologies with new functionalities and formal solutions in this particular design.
4. Docks modular outdoor furniture (RCD owner and manufacturer: Gandía Blasco S.A. Designer:Romero Vallejo)
Gandía Blasco is a well-known presence in the outdoor furniture market. The Docks design allows users to easily create different furniture arrangements within the set, according to their tastes and needs. The jury underlined the rich range of compositions that could be created with a relatively small number of modules.
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