The judging criteria differ from conventional perceptions of good design by not focusing exclusively on form. INDEX: also looks at the design’s context from ethical and cultural points of view and at the design’s societal effect, including the sustainability of the design and the actual need for it.

The 112 designs are grouped into five categories – Body, Home, Work, Play and Community. The winner of each category will receive 100 000 euros, which makes the INDEX: AWARD the world’s biggest design award.

The winning designs will be selected by the international jury shortly before the award ceremony at Copenhagen City Hall on August 24. The eleven jury members include jury chairperson Nille-Juul Sørensen, head of the design department at engineering company ARUP; Ged Davis, managing director of the World Economic Forum; design icon Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Hael Kobayashi, who has held leading positions in the film and entertainment industry, including at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic and PDI/Dreamworks; and Ravi Naidoo, the founder of the Design Indaba conference and exhibition in Cape Town.

The five winning designs and the other top nominated designs will be on display August 17 – September 24 in Copenhagen’s Kongens Nytorv Square. The designs will be exhibited in specially designed spheres that provide information about each piece and its background.

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