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Wave by Genki Instruments won the Icelandic Design Awards 2019



Images by Aldís Pálsdóttir

The Icelandic Design Awards was rewarded for the sixth time on the 14th of November. The ceremony took place at Iðnó were the minister of tourism, industry and innovation, Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir gave out the main price.

Wave by Genki Instruments won the Icelandic Design Awards 2019.


It is a ring designed for musicians to enhance their experience and interpretation. It is a tool for creativity, an exciting and futuristic project pointing to where wearable technology is heading and should feel natural.

From the jury:
"The quality of the product is testament to the rigorous research and development that placed users at its core at every stage. Genki Instruments is a design-driven hardware technology company, an inspirational start-up were design, engineering and music combine, encapsulating vision, passion and endurance, and has received recognition from across the world.”

The team behind Genki Instruments are Ólafur Bogasoni, Haraldur Þór Hugoson, Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson, Þorleifur Gunnar Gíslason og Daníel Grétarsson.



Óskar Þorleifsson and Veronica Filippin from Omnom.

Omnom Chocolate got special recognition for best investment in design
 
Best investment in design 2019 goes to Omnom, a small-batch, artisan chocolate maker based in Reykjavík, Iceland. It was founded in 2013.
 
From the jury:
“The process from idea to best selling product is exciting. The founders have worked with designers, first André Visage and now Veronica Filippin, throughout the whole process, from product development and packaging to POS material. This holistic approach of taste and branding has led to a successful business story and is a clear example of added value by good design.”





For the first time a special Honorary prize was given out at the Icelandic Design Awards 2019 and that went to Manfreð Vilhjálmsson, architect.


The jurymembers for the Icelandic Design Awards 2019 are Guðrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir, chairman of the jury, Hörður Lárusson, Sigrún Birgisdóttir, Sigrún Halla Unnarsdóttir, Edda Björk Ragnarsdóttir and Daniel Golling.
 
The Icelandic Design Award honours the best Icelandic design and architecture annually and are highly significant for Icelandic society. Although the importance of design in our culture, society, and business is increasing, it is still important to draw attention to and deepen the understanding of the value of good design, as well as the value of design and creative thinking across professional disciplines.

It is produced by Iceland Design Centre in collaboration with Iceland University of the Arts and the Museum of Design and Applied Arts with support from the Federation of Icelandic Industries and the National Power Company of Iceland.