Published on : Tuesday, May 7, 2019
As a lifestyle brand, Northern is still quite fresh to the game. This means Northern knows what it’s like to stand in a pool of talented people, trying to get noticed – the waters can be tough!
In 2012 they established Northern Design Award to give aspiring designers and their talent an opportunity, and the attention they deserve. Let’s dive in and see who the jury picked to be this year’s winners!
Design Award 1
The Winner: 925 Office desk by Philipp Aussem
The home office is a constantly growing and much appreciated way of working. Working from home and not having a dedicated work space leads to the dilemma of when and how to separate between work and leisure time. A quick and easy switch between the two of them is needed, to save both worlds.
925 embodies the perfect combination of a home office desk and a leisure time table, as its name suggests. Read it out loud in a Dolly Parton manner, and you will understand. When starting your day, you lift the spring-loaded mechanism to open your work space. After work, one simple hand movement closes the desk again with enough space underneath to leave work material and stress behind – just like closing your office door.
The jury’s decision was based on how Aussem had created a ritual, where the physical act of transforming the table becomes a symbol of entering and leaving work. A way to create awareness and a clear distinction between work and leisure. What a beautiful thought!
Inspired by clean lines the Framework chair is a simple and honest design without any futile elements. The chair meets every functional demand, while also pleasing the senses with its balanced, slim silhouette. The contemporary and minimal design makes it a perfect addition for any environment. Northern loves the sleek silhouette!
Design Award 3
2nd runner up: Beetle by Lola Buades
Beetle is a multifunctional and playful hook. A small shelf allows to store keys, books and hats, while at the same time you can hang your coat or bag. The bottom loop provides a space for hanging scarfs or an umbrella. Its small oval shape is inspired by a Beetle and made of a single bended metal sheet in a soft, pastel colour pallet. Northern loves the smart design!
Honourable mention: Suspens by Yijun Mo & Philippine Gallet de Saint Aurin
Suspens are an elegant mouth blown glass series consisting of two versions of a drinking glass. The organic shapes inside the glass makes you think of drifting Icebergs. The bottom of the glass is raised in the centre of the glass to obtain two containers. The beautiful organic-shaped divider makes it possible to use the glass on both sides and changes the look. Northern loves the idea!
Honourable mention: Inner Values by Tobias Trübenbacher
The Inner Values project makes one stop. It makes one think.
The young designer Tobias Trübenbacher uses untraditional materials in his work and puts a new perspective of using the whole animal on the agenda. The result is two seating objects out of tanned and further processed cow-intestines and pig-bladders, transformed to soft seating leather. This made Northern curious.
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