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The candleholder "Lightop" consist of three elements, each with a different function.
© Qian Jiang
The candleholder "Lightop" consist of three elements, each with a different function.
Designer Qian Jiang won this years Formex Nova Design Award.
© Qian Jiang
Designer Qian Jiang won this years Formex Nova Design Award.

Qian Jiang wins the Formex Nova Design Award 2017

It is not just young designer Qian Jiang’s works that are outstanding – a look at the five other designers nominated is well worth while.
9/5/2017

Since 2011 the Formex Nova Design Award – Nordic Designer of the Year has been bestowed during the Formex trade fair in Stockholm. This year, the jury voted Dejawu studio winner of the prize, which among other things comes with prize money of 50,000 Swedish Krone.
 
The young designer is based in Stockholm, where he founded his Dejawu studio in 2015. His works are as playful as they are carefully thought out – and definitely come with a streak of humor. His “Bell-Opener”, for example: Anyone looking for a bottle opener for that next beer bottle will end up waking himself and others owing to the little integrated bell. Jiang explains that he knows people who drink one beer and are then so drowsy that they immediately fall asleep. He himself is one of them and so he came up with the idea of integrating a bell into the little brass opener that lies so snugly in the hand - it is now distributed by Norman Copenhagen.
 
Yet it is not just the winner’s works that are worth a glance, as the other designers nominated for the prize are all people whose names are worth remembering. In his work, Swede Markus Barvestig (he received an honorable mention from the jury) explores how wood can influence the taste of food. To this end he created three objects made of local ash that can be used for cooking and during the preparation give the dishes special nuances of taste.

For the "Träsmak" project, Barvestig worked together with Mikael Einarsson, chef at, among other places, "Omakase Köttslöjd".
© Markus Barvestig
For the "Träsmak" project, Barvestig worked together with Mikael Einarsson, chef at, among other places, "Omakase Köttslöjd".
Cooking, in particular different cooking techniques, are one of his interests: Designer Markus Barvestig.
© Markus Barvestig
Cooking, in particular different cooking techniques, are one of his interests: Designer Markus Barvestig.

Or there is Dane Emilie Dissing Wiehe: Under the product name “Ro” she has developed products that assist people with dementia in their daily lives. For example “Favn”, a blanket that weighs no less than six kilos and gives patients a sense of grounding and embrace in moments of stress and restlessness. Or “Håndgribelig”, a beautifully shaped and haptically interesting sculpture she developed to offer restless hands something to play with.

Finn Antrei Hartikainen has specialized in working with wood. At the Formex he presented his designs, such as the small “Pisara” spoon and the “Fiori” side table, both of which demonstrate his skill and feel for turning wood into soft, refined shapes. Norway’s Sara Polmar put her “Solberg Weave” on show, a drying-up cloth that revisits traditional Norwegian graphics, and “Match Box”, a very elegant, architectural object for storing those small items. Ingibjorg Hanna Bjarnadottir is already well established, with her “IHanna Home” company, and alongside her textile pieces also displayed her playful clothes hang called “Krummi Bird Hanger”. (AS)

The project "Ro" is a series of particularly sensuous and tactile everyday objects creating moments of immediate enjoyment and sentient presence.
© Emilie Dissing Wiehe
The project "Ro" is a series of particularly sensuous and tactile everyday objects creating moments of immediate enjoyment and sentient presence.
Emilie Dissing Wiehe creates wonderful objects for people suffering from dementia.
© Emilie Dissing Wiehe
Emilie Dissing Wiehe creates wonderful objects for people suffering from dementia.
Light, thoughtful and elegant design make Pisara spoons aesthetical pieces for dining and coffee moments.
© Antrei Hartikainen
Light, thoughtful and elegant design make Pisara spoons aesthetical pieces for dining and coffee moments.
Antrei Hartikainen also creates all the pieces he designed.
© Antrei Hartikainen
Antrei Hartikainen also creates all the pieces he designed.
"The Matchbox" is inspired by the typical cardboard matchbox and designed to store and display small objects.
© Sara Polmar
"The Matchbox" is inspired by the typical cardboard matchbox and designed to store and display small objects.
Sara Polmar is a trained designer from Norway.
© Sara Polmar
Sara Polmar is a trained designer from Norway.