Proudly presenting: The Danish Design Award 2017 finalists
3. April 2017
The Danish Design Award is now able to present this year’s finalists in Denmark’s leading award for design: A particularly strong field of design solutions stands out among more than 200 entries - and both designers and businesses alike now wait excitedly for the announcement of the 18 category winners in May.
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The finalists for Danish Design Award 2017 have been chosen.

Who will be celebrated as this year’s exceptional young design talent? Which design solution will impress the audience the most with its potential for furthering education and improving learning? And which design will have us all marvelling at its ability to improve our everyday lives or our working conditions?

We will not have the answers just yet - but until this year’s award shows in Copenhagen and Kolding on 8 May and 31 May, respectively, we may explore an impressive array of selected finalists. In each of the 18 categories, 4 finalists have been chosen by the international Jury of the Danish Design Award - through a selection process consisting of an individual shortlisting by each Member of the Jury followed by close examination, debate and voting during two intense Jury days hosted by northmodern at Bella Center in Copenhagen.

SEE THIS YEAR'S FINALISTS:  Danish Design Award 2017

The field of finalists offers a unique look at the state of Danish design just now - and an exceptional view upon the multitude of ways in which design makes a difference for businesses, society and citizens. Danish design in the year 2017 appears quite ready to tackle the challenges faced by modern society and sets a very high standard in terms of uniting commercially sustainable, strong business concepts with socially responsible, human-centred design. The roster of finalists of this year’s Danish Design Award thus also shows that the Danish design DNA is not only alive and well, but indeed appears able to cope excellently with whatever challenges the future may offer in relation to growth, welfare, urban development, sustainable solutions and a better life for the individual person.

- The overall vision of the Danish Design Award is to demonstrate nationally and internationally the difference design can make and to share our love of what great design can do. Each year, we hope to come across something we have not quite seen before; something that truly makes a difference and might perhaps even inspire businesses and designers around the world. To my mind, this is very much the case when you look at this year’s roster of finalists, said Jesper von Wieding, Chairman of the Jury.


About the Jury & Criteria of Evaluation

Each year, the Danish Design Award Jury is appointed jointly by Design Denmark - the Danish Design industry association - and the Danish Design Centre. The jury is comprised by members with a strong background in business or design or both. Each Member of the Jury is matched with one of the 18 categories or special awards based on their expertise or experience and each Member serves as an ambassador for their own category.

The Jury evaluates the submitted design solutions and products along four key criteria, corresponding with the value creation and/or effect of the design:

1. Does the design create value for people, businesses and society?
2. Does the design demonstrate deep empathy with the end user’s needs and situation in life?
3. Is it visionary - and is it likely to lead the way for other solutions, companies or designers??
4. Is the execution or craftsmanship done aesthetically and with care?

All Members of the Danish Design Award Jury donate their time and expertise to the project on a voluntary basis due to a desire to further the goals of the award: To show the value and effect of great design and celebrate the many positive effects that design creates for the everyday life of individual people, the business community and society at large - as well as to mark the position of Danish design at the forefront of the industry, nationally and internationally.

Read more about the 2017 Jury


Danish Design Award finalists 2017

Employment Growth

– a design award for solutions that create jobs in Denmark

SpeediCath Flex
Air Go 2.0
Acarix CADScor System

Message Received
– a design award for solutions that deliver a message powerfully, simply and beautifully

Benefits of a Toilet
Min plan
Open Embassy

Save Money
– a design award for solutions that reduce cost

PM2100 Blue Wolf Offshore Compressor
Integra Line Roof
Air.Go On

Share Resources
–  a design award for solutions that enable resources to be shared efficiently between many


Building Markets
– a design award for solutions that increase revenue

Ambu® aScope™ 3 

Better work

– a design award for solutions that positively affect our working life

Sideways adjustable toilet

Daily Life
– a design award for solutions that improve everyday life

OKO E-bike
Scandinavian Indoor

Feel good
– a design award for solutions that make an emotional or sensual connection with people in a surprising way that simply makes you “feel good”!

Beoplay H9
The Growroom

Better Learning

– a design award for solutions that lead to new ways of learning and educating

Kubo Robot & The #TagTile Language
Frederiksbjerg Skole

Clean solutions
– a design award for solutions that respect or clean the natural environment

Integra Line Roof
Superior + ECO refrigerator series
Powered By You 2.0
Urban Rigger

Healthy Life
– a design award for solutions that enable a healthy body or mind for many

Path Feel
Woobi Play
Thermo Aid
Cykling uden alder

Outstanding Service
– a design award for solutions that improve or redefine a service

Reshopper helps families to recycle
Chemo to go, please!

Fostering Partnerships
– a design award for solutions that create value for citizens through new public/private partnerships 

Kolding Kommune + Designskolen Kolding
Sideways adjustable toilet

Improved welfare
– a design award for solutions that strengthens the welfare capacity of society

Scandinavian Indoor
Designing Relationships
Min Plan

Game Changer
– a design award for solutions that have radically transformed a sector or business area

Ambu® aScope™ 3 
Kolding Kommune + Designskolen Kolding
Open Embassy

Visionary Concepts
– a design award for solutions that are out of reach but within sight

Hyperloop One
Powered By You 2.0
Emilie Dissing Wiehe
Sofie Holm Larsen

Icon Award
– a design award for an outstanding concept or solution that has become an icon internationally

Louisiana Museum
Gehl Architects

Young Talent
- a design award for an outstanding talent aged 30 years or younger 

Emilie Dissing Wiehe
Jenny Hirvonen
Rie Maktabi, Isabel Aagaard, Melanie Povlitzki, Xenia Geller
Sofie Holm Larsen

People’s Choice
– a design award for solutions that are selected by the general public​​​​​​​

The purpose of this award is to generate interest in the broader understanding of design amongst the general public. Members of the general public in Denmark can vote online for any of the finalist entries.