Munich, last Tuesday, the VOLVO SportsDesign AWARD celebrated with this year's winners. The jury made it's decisions and nominated products and concepts in the following categories: ski equipment, board equipment, outdoor equipment, apparel, wheelers, accessories, and concepts (see all winners here).
This year's theme is "EcoDesign" - focusing on systematically bringing ecological factors into play at the earliest stages of the product planning, development and design process. Our special congrats go to the concepts category winner Max Koriath (the guy holding that huge 5000 EUR check).
His "Schöner Boot Fahren" wooden boat is made of beech wood and produced with an industrial process which enables three-dimensional rounded freeform surfaces. The wood grows again permanently and has a positive life-cycle assessment. The material can be completely composted and damaged parts can easily be replaced, just like the engine bonnet of a car.
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.