Czech designer Jan Ctvrtnik has won the Climate Competition organised by Droog. A vase based on Alvar Aalto's famous design, but modified to express the effects of global warming received 32% of all votes by visitors to Droog's website.
The original Aalto vase was inspired by the outline of a Finnish lake and Ctvrtnik's design suggests how the lake's shape could change due to climate change. Ctvrtnik says:
Climate changes are visualised mostly by numbers and scientific measurements. In order to show changes, it is good to have a reference point. And so the Aalto vase became that reference point with its shape originating from the shape of a Finnish lake. The 'Droog' part of the title can be translated as 'Dry', obviously relating to global warming.
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Droog initiated the competition for which designers could submit an idea in any possible form, as long as it concerned the 'climate' theme. Designer Rachel Hevic was chosen as the second-favourite with her proposal of Large Red Switch (23% of the votes). Third place comes for Jenny Bergstrom with This is the Air We Breathe... (15% of all votes).
Originally from Czechoslovakia, Jan Ctvrtnik currently lives and works in Pordenone, Italy, where after studying design in Prague and at IKDC in Lund (Sweden), he is now working as an industrial designer for Electrolux.