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For the 2011 Green Furniture Award we have received 62 contributions, from where 34 outside Sweden. The winner will be produced by Green Furniture Sweden. Here are the winners of 2011, awarded 8 Feb at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.
1st Prize, 'The T-shirt Chair', design Maria Westerberg, Sweden
The T-shirt Chair - reused textiles and bent wire fence.
Maria graduated 2008 from Konstfacks Interior Architecture and furniture design. Since then she has made a Recycle interior collection for Indiska, made conceptual installations in fridges for a landscape architect office in Berlin and now exibit in Greenhouse 2011 at Stockholm Furniture Fair with her expressive and playful design. Significant for her work is organic shapes, using materials in a new context and often very colourful. Her most famous work until now is a chair called "T-shirt chair", that also is the 1st prize of Green Furniture Award 2011 and by that also is produced by Green Furniture Sweden.
Honourable Mention, 'Svea Lamp', design Michael Karlsson, Sweden
'Svea lamp' pressed felt from recycled PET bottles; local wood
Michael has a bachelor degree in product design from University of Kalmar and continued to get his master degree (2011) in product design at Linnaeus University. He likes to challenge his creativity and works with everything from product design to furniture and glass design. He has during the last years been awarded with Honorable mention in Aluminium Design 2008 and he is the winner of the Swedish final in Bombay Sapphire Glass Competition 2009.
Honourable Mention, 'TLOC' secretary, design La Mamba Studio, Spain
'TLOC' - Local wood
The Green Furniture Award jury: An elegant, surprising box: a workplace for modern homes or hotel rooms; closable so that one can stow away the workload.
While the 'TLOC' secretary is made of local wood, uses white glue (biodegradable) and water-based varnish, it does not fold flat in transport. This does not quite reach the Green expectations of the jury as Green Furniture Award seeks to reward green solutions beyond the ordinary.
La Mamba is based in Valencia, Spain, and is a group of 6 young designers from different origins who emerged two years ago after finishing a master degree together in Valencia. With several national and international awards, they have been participating in trade shows around the world such as Milan, Stockholm, Valencia Furniture Fairs or INDEX in Dubai.
Their work focuses basically on human experience behaviour, concretely on the understanding of the recent ways of interacting between people and objects to create new forms and proposals in the world of furniture.
Friendly obejcts, the imagination of new situations, useful products...they are the main features of their willingness.
Honourable Mention, 'Rendez-vous chandelier', design Peter Mäkelä, Sweden
'Rendez-vous chandelier' thin bent wood
The Green Furniture Award jury: Shines a light on personal meetings and communication thanks to its sweeping multiplication of face silhouettes.
The Rendez-vous chandelier does not quite reach the Green expectations of the jury because it is composed of moulded veneer (a material that requires considerable amounts of glue) and because it does not fold flat in transport.
Peter is a passionate designer whitin the fields of furniture, product and graphic design, and runs his own design business; Paziano Design Studio since 2005. Between the years of 2006-2010 he ran the design/art gallery Paziano Expo. To even bend his artistic urge even further he makes art - and recently finnished a 1 year art project for "Norrlandspojkarna".
He released his first two collections in 2010, Crop Carpets Collection and Pride Collection - which he got awarded the RFSL Honour Prize for the same year. 2009 he won prize for his concept piece Angel Chair at Bolia Design Awards - this concept piece was displayed at the Länsmuseum of Västernorrland together with the legend Nisse Strinning exhibition in 2011. He has several wallpaper and pattern designs on the market.
To share his passion for design he was active Board member of Svensk Form for several years. And has more then 10 years of experience as a Art/Creative Director from advertising agencies around Sweden.
Honorable mention,'Keystone' key hanger, design Colm Keller, Sweden
'Keystone' mixed waste woods
The Green Furniture Award jury: Graceful, dually wedged pieces of wood form an interesting tactile shape and, by their wedged shape and name, play on the key role of a key. The use of different woods from waste materials, harvested from the massive wood furniture production gives individuality to each set and an identity to each key.
The Jury loves the 'Keystone' key hanger but it does not qualify for the contest because it is an interior decoration item rather than a piece of furniture.
Colm is an irish product designer currently based in Gothenburg. After studying product design at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin he worked for 3 years in design positions before completing and MFA in Design at HDK (University of Crafts and Design) in Gothenburg. In mid 2010 he formed Colm Keller Design Studio, working full time on his own products and freelance projects.