DMY Awards 2012
And the winners are...

On Friday, June 8, the winners of this year's DMY Awards were announed at Airport Berlin Tempelhof. Jury members Werner Aisslinger (Studio Aisslinger), Jurgen Bey (Studio Makkink&Bey), Dr. Annemarie Jaeggi (Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin) and Jerszy Seymour (Jerszy Seymour Design Workshop) awarded the most innovative and original approaches among all festival contributions.

The winners are:

Jólan van der Wiel – Gravity Stool

Departing from the idea that everything is necessarily influenced by gravity, a force that exerts a powerful shaping effect, Jólan van der Wiel intended to manipulate this natural phenomenon by exploiting the force underlying its own power: magnetism. The positioning of the magnetic fields in the machine, in opposition to one another, determines the final shape of the Gravity Stool. Jólan’s products are characterized by their freakish and organic shapes, forms that are in fact so typical of nature itself.

Mobile Gastfreundschaft (Mobile Hospitality) by Chmara.Rosinke

This project attends to an important aspect of the design work of chmara.rosinke: responsibility and (self)-initiative in public space. The object set, consisting of a mobile kitchen, table and stools, is very clear and distinct in its formal language and is accentuated by the colors of the DIY store accessories. The objects are made out of massive wood and embellished with additional functions, like a foot pump for running water or pots for growing spices. An important further aim is to communicate the sensuality of dining and cooking outdoors.

Emotional Dialogue by Svenja Keune and Larissa Müller

Svenja Keune (Textile Design MA) and Larissa Müller (Computer Science MA) are developing communicative textile surfaces. The cue is the use of nonverbal communication, the interaction with the surfaces is based on the body and the user’s emotions. For their research, Svenja Keune and Larissa Müller are using a software developed by the Fraunhofer Institute, which recognizes facial expressions. Adapted and expanded, this software will be used to allow communication between human and surface.

The award for the best presentation by a university, academy or design school goes to:

Yesterday Today Tomorrow by Lund University - School of Industrial Design

Lund University School of Industrial Design is participating at DMY 2012 with a selection of projects that address the theme ›Yesterday Today Tomorrow‹. Designs include prototypes for a human powered washing machine, a communal kitchen, and a food storage unit.