German Design Award Ceremony 2018 by Kauppi & Kauppi

Last week we were delighted to attend the German Design Award 2018 ceremony, held by the German Design Council in Frankfurt am Main. More than 1,300 guests attended the event. It was a great honor for Kauppi & Kauppi to receive 2 amazing Gold Awards and 1 Winner Award in the section of Excellent Product Design - shared with our fantastic collaboration partners Nola Industrier and Glimakra of Sweden.

German Design Award Ceremony 2018
German Design Award 2018 - Gold - Kebne by Nola - Design Kauppi & Kauppi
Image sources: German Design Council. Photo: Manuel Debus

Image sources: German Design Council. Photo: Manuel Debus

2 Gold Awards
In the category of Public Design - Kebne Outdoor Gym for Nola Industrier AB won the Gold Award.

“Kebne, the outdoor gym, features a graphic, almost sculptural, design reminiscent of a mountain landscape that harmoniously blends in with its surroundings. The minimal, pared-down and pleasantly clean design idiom lends the fitness equipment a high level of grace and elegance as well as the appearance of an object of art. A fantastic set that encourages exercise as much as it does lingering and social gathering.”  – Jury´s Statement

In the prestigous category of Furniture - Wakufuru for Glimakra of Sweden won the Gold Award.

“The innovative and extremely high-quality Wakufuru collection is designed to absorb noise, combining a classic table and bench set with the demands of contemporary living. Each element of this collection contains a hidden, integrated system of layers which, when combined, create a noticeable reduction in noise. Giving the bench and table the same design idiom was a wonderful choice. A robust product that unites tradition with modernity and provides meaningful added value.”  – Jury´s Statement

1 Winner Award
In the category of Office Furniture - LimbusFloor Subtle for Glimakra of Sweden got a Winner award.

“With their linear form, these acoustically insulating room dividers are extremely minimalist and thus can be seamlessly integrated into many different interiors. The simple feet, which are inclined like a goat’s and are constructed of square timber, make the dividers very stable.” – Jury´s Statement

GDA 2018 - GOLD - Kebne by Nola - Design Kauppi & Kauppi - Johan Kauppi & Nina Kauppi

About the Award
The competition is only open to entries that have been nominated for the German Design Award by the German Design Councils’ expert committee. The award is divided into two main sections: Excellent Product Design and Excellent Communication Design. The two main sections has several under categories dividing and defining the products into groups. The jury selects only one Gold Award in each category and an adequate number of Winner distinctions. This year the independent international jury consisting of 40 experts selected 45 Gold winners out of about 5000 entries from 56 countries.

About German Design Council
The German Design Council, the expert for brand and design in Germany, bestows the German Design Award. Commissioned by the highest authority to represent new developments in the German design industry. Established on the initiative of the German Bundestag (the lower house of German parliament) as a foundation in 1953, it supports the industry in all matters consistently aimed at generating an added brand value through design.

Award Criteria
“The products and achievements should stand out due to particularly remarkable features demonstrated with regard to the following aspects: Ergonomics › functionality and operability › practical value › overall concept › design quality › degree of innovativeness › durability › brand value and branding › market maturity › sustainability › ecological quality › product aesthetics › product graphics and semantics › safety and accessibility › symbolic and emotional content › technical quality › technical function › manufacturing techniques and quality. “ - German Design Council

The award ceremony took place on February the 9th 2018 at the Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt am Main. The Gold Award winning products in the section of Excellent Product Design were exhibited at the fair in the Galerie Nord.

The award ceremony took place on February the 9th 2018 at the Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt am Main. The Gold Award winning products in the section of Excellent Product Design were exhibited at the fair in the Galerie Nord.

The Barn & Fences - Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018 by Kauppi & Kauppi

Wintry silent landscapes inspired Glimakra of Sweden and Johan Kauppi in their latest collaboration. A collection of furniture for well-balanced acoustic work environment – still keeping the office landscape open. The Barn & Fences is all about horizontality, repetition and transparency.

Limbus Barn & Fences is a collection of partitions and a pavilion, designed for dividing and defining areas in offices and large-scale public interiors. Produced by Glimakra of Sweden, designed by Johan Kauppi launching at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018. Barn & Fences allows you to create mute zones and damped areas and still maintain the sense of open space - at the same time. A system with well taken-care-of details and a great flexibility in utilization with the aim to make open space interiors sonically pleasant.

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GreenFrame - Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 by Kauppi & Kauppi

Don´t we all wish to work next to a green window? GreenFrame is a floor screen for potted plants with integrated lighting by Glimakra of Sweden, designed by Johan Kauppi, to be launched at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018. The divider allows plants to play a prominent role in interiors - even where daylight may not be enough. A massive wood furniture, ambitiously manufactured with the purpose to contribute to better indoor climate, nicer workplaces and happier plants.

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A mixture of room divider, green furniture and luminaire in solid wood.

A mixture of room divider, green furniture and luminaire in solid wood.

Monstera Art Suite - ICEHOTEL 28 by Kauppi & Kauppi

The 28th rendition of the famous ICEHOTEL has just opened for the season of 2018!

 ”The entire ICEHOTEL opened December 15 on the riverbank in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. With a total of 35 uniquely designed art- and deluxe suites, ice bar, ice ceremony hall and ice gallery, the guests are welcomed to experience an unforgettable night on ice and snow. 36 artists from 17 different countries have created 15 totally unique art suites, a magnificent Main Hall, and a special ice ceremony hall. Everything, including the artwork, can only be experienced at ICEHOTEL during the winter in Jukkasjärvi. When the winter season is over, it all melts down and return to Torne River as part of a perfect cycle.” 

Johan Kauppi & Nina Kauppi was two of the international artists selected to contribute to this years edition with the ’Monstera’ Art Suite. A themed winter garden for sweet dreams, inspired by the popular as well characteristic plant Monstera Deliciosa.

ICEHOTEL also made an extended interview: “The artist duo Kauppi & Kauppi talks ice and design – from New York to Jukkasjärvi”. Read the full interview here.

Monstera Art Suite for ICEHOTEL 28 by Kauppi & Kauppi. Artist portrait. Photo: Asaf Kliger

Monstera Art Suite for ICEHOTEL 28 by Kauppi & Kauppi. Artist portrait. Photo: Asaf Kliger

Teaching at Sami University by Kauppi & Kauppi

Studio Kauppi & Kauppi spent a fantastic week in northernmost Scandinavia. Johan had the great honour to be invited as guest teacher at Sami University where the seminars where held in both Kautokeino, Norway and Inari, Finland. An exciting week with amazing people and beautiful snow-covered landscapes.

Winter scenery in Kautokeino, Norway. 

Winter scenery in Kautokeino, Norway. 

Kebne - Winner of Archiproducts Design Awards 2017! by Kauppi & Kauppi

"The Archiproducts Design Awards 2107 spotlight the most virtuous cooperations between brands and designers, and the innovations of their products as well, celebrating the successful results that today are writing new chapters in the history of architecture  and design.”

The international jury, whose members are 40 among the most influent international architecture firms, in synergy with the Archiproducts Design Awards team, awarded Kebne Outdoor Gym by Nola Industrier out of over 600 candidate proposals coming from all over the world.

Kebne, designed by Kauppi & Kauppi, was awarded Winner in the Category of Outdoor, due to its: Concept / Product graphics and semantics / Functionality and operability / Userfriendliness.

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Kebne Outdoor Gym by Nola Industrier, designed by Kauppi & Kauppi. Archiproducts Design Awards Winner 2017.

Kebne Outdoor Gym by Nola Industrier, designed by Kauppi & Kauppi. Archiproducts Design Awards Winner 2017.

3 x German Design Award 2018! by Kauppi & Kauppi

Amazing news! 3 designs by Kauppi & Kauppi receives prestigious prizes in German Design Award 2018 in design collaborations with Nola Industrier and Glimakra of Sweden!

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The German Design Award  is the top international prize of the German Design Council. Its goal: to discover, present and honor unique design trends. Therefore, every year, top-quality entries from product and communication design are rewarded, all of which are in their own way ground-breaking in the international design landscape.

The Gold award stands for international design excellence. Gold is only awarded to the best of the best in each category of the German Design Award.

The jury of the German Design Award 2018 is made up of 42 design experts from various disciplines. They come from the world of business, education and science as well as the design industry and are recognized leading authorities in their respective fields.” The prize ceremony will be held February the 9th in Frankfurt am Main at the international fair Ambiente.

Kebne by Nola Industrier, design Kauppi & Kauppi. Gold winner, German Design Award 2018.

Kebne by Nola Industrier, design Kauppi & Kauppi. Gold winner, German Design Award 2018.

The outdoor gym Kebne receives a precious GOLD award in the category of Public Design. “The award makes us especially proud since the aim for this product is to welcome everyone regardless of age, gender or conditions. We believe Kebne can make an important difference in people’s life’s!” says Nina Kauppi. The Kebne Outdoor gym was launched 2017 in collaboration with Swedish company Nola Industrier, one of Scandinavia’s leading manufacturers of contemporary outdoor products.

Wakufuru by Glimakra of Sweden, design Johan Kauppi. Gold winner, German Design Award 2018.

Wakufuru by Glimakra of Sweden, design Johan Kauppi. Gold winner, German Design Award 2018.

Wakufuru, a sound absorbing furniture family in solid wood receives GOLD in the very prestigious category of Furniture. Johan Kauppi has designed a delightful family of tables, benches and islands with hidden sound absorption for Glimakra of Sweden, specialized in acoustic design solutions for public spaces.

“I'm proud of the recognition Wakufuru and Subtle receives. Both product families are designed with a special desire to continue the long tradition of woodworking and benefit from the acoustics expertise at Glimakra of Sweden. The products are restrained and genuine, at the same time they carry a large amount of innovation. Just like the company behind the products”, says Johan Kauppi.

Subtle is a family of sound-absorbing room dividers inspired by trestles, rewarded WINNER in the category of Office furniture. The design is a collaboration between Johan Kauppi and Glimakra of Sweden.

Subtle by Glimakra of Sweden, design Johan Kauppi. Winner, German Design Award 2018.

Subtle by Glimakra of Sweden, design Johan Kauppi. Winner, German Design Award 2018.

Tartubron - Vallastaden Urban Living Expo 2017 by Kauppi & Kauppi

Vallastaden 2017 is an urban living expo held between September 2-24 in Linköping, Sweden.

The exhibition shows several new bridges, and one of them is Tartubron (The Tartu Bridge) by White Arkitekter and Johan Kauppi. Vallastaden presents the bridge: "The red bridge over Smedstadsbäcken has become a symbol of Vallastaden. The bridge is designed to provide an experience of a living room on the water; a feeling of being invited. With red wood panels and expanded metal lining, Tartu Bridge resembles a red exclamation mark located in the middle of the district."

Tartubron (The Tartu Bridge) at Vallastaden Urban Living Expo. Photo: Vallastaden 2017

Tartubron (The Tartu Bridge) at Vallastaden Urban Living Expo. Photo: Vallastaden 2017

Tartubron by White Arkitekter and Johan Kauppi. Exhibition catalogue, Vallastaden Urban Living Expo 2017

Tartubron by White Arkitekter and Johan Kauppi. Exhibition catalogue, Vallastaden Urban Living Expo 2017

News at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2017 by Kauppi & Kauppi

We can highly recommend stopping by Glimakra of Sweden´s booth, showing and presenting many interesting news - as always! Some of this years news are designed by Johan Kauppi and are all products with sound absorbing properties.

Wakufuru tables and benches by Glimakra of Sweden 2017, design Johan Kauppi

Wakufuru tables and benches by Glimakra of Sweden 2017, design Johan Kauppi

Limbus Subtle, floor screens by Glimakra of Sweden 2017, design Johan Kauppi

Limbus Subtle, floor screens by Glimakra of Sweden 2017, design Johan Kauppi

Limbus BuildUp, a fabric covered interior wall & partition system by Glimakra of Sweden 2017, design Johan Kauppi

Limbus BuildUp, a fabric covered interior wall & partition system by Glimakra of Sweden 2017, design Johan Kauppi