Danish design is internationally recognized around the world for its simplicity and functionalism when designing buildings, furniture and household objects. So having the world’s most important design award in Denmark makes a lot of sense
Danish based INDEX: Award is awarded every two years in Copenhagen and is the most prestigious design award in the world. INDEX was started back in 2002 by a non-profit organization who coined the concept “Design to Improve Life”.
The importance of INDEX is it not only honours design that is beautiful but gives an award to a design that actually addresses major challenges of human life.
Past winners include:
Life Straw is a straw that can be used to drink clean water, aimed at people in the developing world; it helps make people less dependent on others for safe drinking water.
Street Swags is a bed and a bag designed to provide more comfort, warmth and protection from weather for people living on the street.
Tongue Suckers during the July 2005 London Underground bombings, emergency workers battled to reach unconscious victims fast: Casualty and trauma victims’ tongues can block their airways for critical minutes before help arrives. The Tongue Sucker is the response.
Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor helps safeguard childbirth for mothers and infants in remote areas of the developing world where expert care and electrical power are in short supply.
HÖVDING - INDEX: Award Winner 2011, PLAY Category
Hövding is a bicycle helmet unlike any other on the market. It’s ergonomic, it’s practical, it complies with all safety requirements and it’s subtle and blends in with what you are wearing. Hövding is a collar for bicyclists, worn around the neck. The collar contains a folded up airbag that inflates only if you have an accident.