For the 2012 Green Furniture Award we have received 79 contributions, from all continents of the world. Here are the winners of Green Furniture Award 2012 awarded February 7th at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.
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High res images of all winners as zip-file.
1st Prize, ‘Jar Lamp’, design Jan Lampei, Germany/Sweden
Jar Lamp - Recycled jars and lids and natural materials, unique shapes, small package
The Green Furniture Award jury: ‘Jar Lamp’ uses recycled jam jars with their lids in a refinedly designed and iconic way. Inspired by an orchid, based on simple repeated elements of massive oiled oak, the designer Jan Lampei has made a hanging lamp full of life and expression. The lamp can be configured in personal shapes and ships folded into a small package – no assembly required, only tightening of a few screws to set the hanging shape.
Jan was born in Germany and moved to Sweden in 2005. He just finished his master of industrial design at School of industrial design, Lund´s University and is currently planning his next step in his new life as designer. Many of Jan’s design projects resulted in pieces of furniture with clever technical twists. Sustainability, innovation and user friendliness are very important aspects in his design.
2nd price, ‘A-Board‘ shelf, design Tomás Schön, Argentina/Italy
A-Board - Material efficient, one piece construction, eco labelled material, poetic movement
The Green Furniture Award jury: The ‘A-Board’ shelf consists of a flat laser cut eco labeled board and a textile string, nothing else. By literally pulling the string it folds out to a slightly bent shape with six shelves an unexpected and poetic movement that makes you want do it again and again… ‘A-board’ stands leaning to the wall with no need of screws, and every shelf elegantly touches the wall (impressive calculations!). It uses the laser technique to shape well-functioning, beautiful and well contrasted bending hinges that clearly communicates it folding function and flat one-piece origin.
Designer who currently lives in Italy. Always interested in finding solutions is now graduated at the Free University of Bolzano, Design and Arts. Curious and fascinated seeks inspiration from everything, in particular from the nature which is a really useful reference for forms, colours, materials and ideas. In continuous experimentation in music, video, graphic and product design. Since 2010 member of ADI (Industrial Design Association).
3rd price, ‘Hangaround House’ rack, design Silvia Rottenberger, Germany
Hangaround House - Local recycled wood, unique pieces, emotional
The Green Furniture Award jury: The ’Hangaround House’ rack is a playful design based on waste mixed woods from the flooring industry. The tree trunk becomes a clothes rack, the bird house becomes a storage place for pocket items (making you open it carefully not to disturb the bird). One bird house with trunk can be attached to the wall, three houses can be combined and attached together to a freestanding bird colony.
Silvia Rottenberger graduated in 2000 from the Bauhaus- University in Weimar/Germany with a diploma in Fine Arts. Coming from the artistic conception, her path led her via working with stage design, to the applied arts. By working as interior designer she was inspired to work on furniture projects for serial production. In 2008 she founded her own studio „andere räume“// interior + furniture design in Berlin, were she is putting up eclectic furniture designs with a focus on an object character in symbiosis with functionality.
Honourable Mention, ‘Cross-Ropes’ shelf, design Kata & Tamás, Hungary
Cross-Ropes - Natural materials and expression
The Green Furniture Award jury: ‘Cross-Ropes’ is a storage function with an expression mix of a hard and soft, using locally grown natural materials - ash wood and linen rope. One rope is pulled all over the corpus and a tightening mechanism at the bottom of the furniture makes it possible to retighten the ropes over time.
Kata Mónus and Tamás Bozsik
Kata and Tamás are both students of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary where Kata is specialized in textile design and Tamás is studying product design. They are going to finish their master degree in 2012. Their collaboration has started with ’Crossropes’ project in which they tried to merge their experiences as they are highly interested in new approaches in furniture design, compounding different materials and functions, re-thinking traditional techniques and making sustainable objects in a human-friendly way.
Honourable Mention, ‘Kile' coffee table, design Yukari Hotta, Japan
Kile - massive wood without glue or screws, flat package, easy assembly/disassembly
The Green Furniture Award jury:The ‘Kile’ coffee table uses traditional wedge based principles of massive wood construction, shaping interesting and functional knots holding the table together and giving it its character using nothing but wood. The tabletop can be massive wood or coloured through ecolabled wood board material. It can be shipped as a flat package and easily assembled and disassembled.
Yukari Hotta was born and raised in Tokyo Japan. After finishing an education in illustration and English literature Hotta moved to Denmark to follow her dreams of working with product & special design. In 2004 Hotta started studying industrial design at Kolding School and took her final masters in furniture and special design at Denmark’s Design School in 2009. Since then Hotta have been involved in various freelance projects as well as working as a fulltime employee for Danish design studio BS Architects.