Green Furniture Award – the design competition for Outstanding Sustainable Design!
Outstanding Sustainable Design incorporates aspects as the choice and sourcing of material, production methods, efficient use of materials, ways of disassembling and recycling, social responsibility, etc. Outstanding Sustainable Design is also meaning a piece of furniture to keep and treasure – with a story to tell, that ages in a nice way, that can last beyond current trends, and have the potential of becoming a classic.
In 2008 the designer Johan Berhin decided to make a difference in the world and forge ahead in the field of eco design. He initiated a global competition, the Green Furniture Award, to find the best eco design furniture ideas to highlight these and have them produced.
The competition has become a world leader in its genre and Green Furniture Concept has become the collection of the winners – expressive furniture with the ambition to become green modern classics.
The Jury has a mix from authorities in sustainable design and the furniture industry. Green Furniture Concept has put six of the contributions from 2009 to 2014 into production:
Fiction bookshelf (2009), Leaf Lamp (2010), BlockShelf (2010), Sheep bench (2010), T-shirt Chair (2011), and Jar Lamp (2012), and two of them has developed into product series currently sold by Green Furniture Concept.
The Green Furniture Award 2016 consists of the following prizes:
A General First Prize of 3500 Euro
A Cappellini Prize of 3500 Euro
A Green Furniture Sweden Prize of 3500 Euro
The Jury has the right to redistribute the prizes or postpone a prize to a following year (the Award sum added to the next year’s Award) if no contributions live up to the Jury’s expectation of winners. 2009, 2010,2012 and 2014 one or two additional Honorable Mentions were also awarded. In 2011 the same contribution was awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize and four Honorable Mentions were awarded. The 2013 Award was added to the 2014 Award where 5 winners shared a doubled prize sum of in total 200 000 SEK. Same with the 2015 Award that is making a double prize sum for the 2016 Award.
The Official Award Ceremony has been held at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in the beginning of February each year. In 2016 we plan to present the finalists both at Stockholm Furniture Fair and at the Milano Design Week in cooperation with Cappellini, just like in 2014.