Guggenheim Helsinki competition’s finalists announced



Helsinki, Finland – The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced today the shortlist for the design of a proposed Guggenheim museum to be built in the Finnish capital Helsinki.
The six finalists that move on to Stage Two of the competition are:
• AGPS Architecture Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland, and Los Angeles, USA)
• Asif Khan Ltd. (London, UK)
• Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York, USA; Barcelona, Spain; and Sydney, Australia)
• Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart, Germany)
• Moreau Kusunoki Architect (Paris, France)
• SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid, Spain, and Western Australia)
According to European Union procurement rules, the finalists are named but not matched to their designs. 
The winner of the design competition will be announced in June 2015.
Stage One of the open, international design competition for the Guggenheim Helsinki museum received 1,715 confirmed anonymous submissions. The response was among the largest in the history of design competitions. Submissions were received from 77 countries, primarily from the United States, Italy, Finland, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.
The Guggenheim Helsinki design competition is the Guggenheim Foundation’s first open international design competition. Stage One of the competition was open to qualified architects, including people with professional degrees in architecture, either individuals or teams. The six submissions for Stage Two were selected by an 11-member jury chaired by Mark Wigley, Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.
No decision has yet been made on the construction and development of the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki museum. The final decision will be made by Helsinki City Council. The Guggenheim Helsinki museum would be constructed at a prominent waterfront site in Helsinki’s South Harbor close to the historic city center.
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The European Design Awards 2014

Europe’s best publicised Design Awards

The European Design Awards is the comprehensive annual awards organization celebrating the best of graphic design, illustration and digital design in Europe. A joint effort by 15 communication design magazines from across the continent, the ED-Awards boast the most qualified jury around, composed of representatives from leading European design magazines.

The ED Awards, now in their eighth year, are constantly evolving to embrace the changes in the world of printed and digital communication design. An ever-expanding digital jury composed of editors of online design magazines was introduced in 2013 and new categories are being added to better suit designers’ needs.

The entry deadline is 21 February 2014!




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5 January 2014 – The organisers of the 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity are honoured to announce the first nine jury presidents, out of a total of 17, selected to chair this year’s juries.

“As the world’s biggest celebration of creativity in communications, we are delighted to welcome such an outstanding group of people to lead the juries to champion innovation across the industry. As visionary leaders, they will steer the debate that will impact the future of their respective categories,” says Philip Thomas, CEO of Lions Festivals.

Creative Effectiveness Lions Jury President
David Sable, Global Chief Executive Officer, Y&R
“In an age of data obsession, there is a misconception that somehow advertising hasn’t been accountable.  Nothing could be further from the truth. The best advertising, the most memorable and creative advertising has always delivered.  The beauty of data is that it makes it more apparent.  I’m honoured to be chosen as this year’s Jury President for the Cannes Effectiveness Lions and to serve with such an esteemed team of judges.  I hope that we will be accountable to deliver the best to the Cannes community.”

Cyber Lions Jury President
Susan Bonds, co-founder and CEO, 42 Entertainment, USA
“As Cyber Lions move into 2014, it’s exciting to see new categories emerge that embrace the reality of digital’s role in everyday life, creative craft and innovation.
Novelty has been replaced with excellence in execution, authenticity, reach and impact, and creating a user experience that connects.”

Film Lions Jury President
Amir Kassaei, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Worldwide
“It’s a great honour and a big responsibility to be the president of one of the most important categories in Cannes. I look forward to seeing a lot of great work, to have great discussions, and to set a signal on what we believe should the bar for Film will be in the next years.”

Innovation Lions Jury President
Tom Bedecarré, Chairman, AKQA and President, WPP Ventures 
“To inspire creative excellence in communications we increasingly need to develop new technologies, and the Innovation Lions celebrate creativity in technology. I’m super excited to see the apps, tools, hardware, software and platforms entered in this second year of the Innovation Lions awards.”

Media Lions Jury President
Matt Seiler, Global CEO, IPG Mediabrands 
“It has become increasingly challenging to find time amidst all the exciting goings on during the festival to focus on the real reason we are there…as Jury President I can’t wait to get in deep with some of the world’s best work.”

Outdoor Lions Jury President
José Miguel Sokoloff, President, Lowe Global Creative Council & Co Chairman and CCO Lowe SSP3 Colombia
“Outdoor is possibly where most of the best ideas in contemporary advertising come to life. To be honoured by Cannes Lions, having been given the responsibility to preside over this jury makes me very excited and proud. I am already looking forward to the sessions.”

Promo & Activation Lions Jury President
Susan Credle, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, USA 
“When I look back at 2013’s winners in Promo and Activation, I see work that also was honoured in Film, Outdoor, Titanium. This is absolute evidence that the best work being done today drives participation. Channel agnostic ideas are the most modern ideas in our industry. And they tend to show up in Promo and Activation. I look forward to getting the week off to a great creative start.”

Radio Lions Jury President
Tony Hertz, Proprietor and Creative Director, Tony Hertz: Radio & Brand Sound, The Philippines
“For a guy who’s been in love with making radio ads for as long as I have, this is obviously a massive thrill and privilege.  I’m really looking forward to working with my fellow jury members to choose – perhaps even unearth – radio work which is not only great and fresh advertising, but is also impeccably conceived and crafted for this unique medium.”

Titanium & Integrated Lions Jury President
Prasoon Joshi, Chairman, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, India & South Asia, McCann Worldgroup  
“I’ve enjoyed a long association with Cannes Lions Festival and I very much look forward to June 2014. Titanium brings the world’s most respected and eclectic set of people to the jury, and there is immense learning. The bar is raised and new benchmarks set for the world in advertising and communications. It will be an honour to work with the jury, and I hope I can humbly contribute to our quest for the best, the most breakthrough, transformational ideas the industry has to offer. And celebrate those ideas that challenge and inspire us all.”

Cannes Lions, the home of the great ideas that change the ways brands interact with their customers, will take place 15-21 June 2014. Entries can now be submitted into all categories including the new Product Design Lions introduced to reward the applied use of physical products in aiding the communication of a brand ethos as well as its use to have a positive impact on improving people’s lives. To enter or register to attend, please visit


Floating air cleaning appliance wins Electrolux Design Lab 2012 Contest

We always were the big fans of Electrolux Design Lab and this year we are glad to offer a Video press release of this year’s event.

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October 25, 2012

Floating air cleaning appliance wins
Electrolux Design Lab 2012 Contest

A hands-free stirring utensil. A tasting spoon that tells you what ingredient is lacking. This is what the future of household and cooking appliances looks like at the 10th annual Electrolux Design Lab competition. Aeroball by Jan Ankiersztajn from Poland was awarded first prize in competition finals at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.

The jury was impressed with how the student’s creative and insightful thinking reflected this year’s theme, Design Experience, and how successfully the concept met the challenge of creating a holistic sensorial experience. The winning concept is a collection of luminescent, hovering balls that can filter and fragrance the air in a room. They float using helium and drift down to the ground when they are ready to be changed.

“We rely on our senses for almost everything, so considering the senses is an important factor when designing appliances,” said Thomas Johansson, Design Director at Electrolux and head of the jury. “This year’s winning concept Aeroball is a truly innovative concept that uses space in a unique way and delights our surroundings. It also changes our perception of an air cleaner, because it is delicate in aesthetics, it is emotional and also relevant, because it addresses the consumer’s needs.”

Electrolux, a pioneer in innovative appliances for home and professional use for almost 100 years, conceived of Design Lab, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, to stimulate and activate industrial design students on a global level by inviting them to present truly breakthrough ideas for household appliances. The Design Lab 2012 jury, comprising Design Director at Electrolux Thomas Johansson, award winning chef Davide Oldani, distinguished designer Dante Donegani and popular design blogger Kelly Beall, selected the winner from ten global finalists.

The second prize in the competition went to Ben de la Roche from New Zealand. His design concept is a refrigerated wall that allows the user to press storage containers and bottles directly into the wall. Impress uses thermo-acoustic technology and gases such as argon and helium that are non-ozone depleting and harmless to the environment. The jury’s motivation was: “Impress is a visual experience that is energy saving and simplifies the user’s life.” Third prize went to Tastee by Christopher Holm-Hansen, from Denmark. His design concept is a taste indicator, in the form of a spoon, that utilises receptors based on the human taste bud to tell you what ingredients you need to improve your cooking. The jury’s motivation was: “Tastee is a tool that offers guidance for your palate in order to bring out the chef that is inside of you.” People’s Choice Award went to Tastee after receiving over 1000 unique votes on Facebook.

About Electrolux Design Lab
Established in 2003, Electrolux Design Lab is an annual global design competition open to undergraduate and graduate design students world-wide. This year, Design Lab is celebrating ten years of encouraging and facilitating young designers in the pursuit of modern, innovative home appliance design.
“Creating new value and propositions is what innovative design is all about. Electrolux is committed to innovation in design, research and development and Design Lab is one way of exploring new arising ideas. In addition the Design Lab competition is a chance for us to meet the design talent of tomorrow”, said Stefano Marzano, Chief Design Officer at Electrolux.
Theme of the year, Design Experience
Electrolux Design Lab 2012 challenged design students to draw inspiration from professional experience creators such as chefs, architects, interior designers and hotel designers to design future home appliances that will provide a fuller sensory experience. The brief for 2012 was looking for concepts that best reflect Electrolux’s proud heritage of Scandinavian Design whilst working to create new home appliances that stimulate, engage and enlighten all of our senses. The jury considered entries based on intuitive design, innovation and consumer insight.

First step towards a design career
One of the purposes of the competition is to function as an innovative arena for the introduction of new talents and products to the market. First prize is 5,000 euros and a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design center. Second prize is 3,000 euros and third prize of 2,000 euros.

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The 2nd international Copenhagen Design Week is to be held in Copenhagen from 1st to 6th September 2011.


Copenhagen Design Week brings together activities from the world’s largest design award: INDEX:Award to exhibitions and conferences showing Copenhagen as a living lab of sustainable urban development. The week offers an exciting programme with exhibitions, conferences, talks, guided architecture tours etc. – all in a “Think Human” context.


INDIA Future of Change Innovation and Design Events at Davos

In Davos on Friday January 28th from 1200 to 1400CET, INDIA Future of Change will assemble a panel on design, innovation at entrepreneurship. The panel, moderated by Tim Brown of IDEO, will discuss how the synergy between design and innovation can be a catalyst for India’s inclusive growth. The panel is slated to be broadcast on Bloomberg TV. INDIA Future of Change is accepting questions for the panelists via twitter @futureofchange.

INDIA Future of Change is an organization that conducts Indian public diplomacy and nation branding.

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Camp Pixelache is an experimental, informal programme format which was tried out in Pixelache Festival context for the first time in spring 2010. For more information, see the wiki pages at

This Open Call is for artworks and other projects to be presented in Camp Pixelache 2011 lab/exhibition in several venues on Suomenlinna island during two days (Saturday 13 March – Sunday 14 March).

The deadline for proposals is Friday 14 January 2011 (at MIDNIGHT CET / Central European Time).

More information at