BIO 21 AWARD WINNERS SELECTED

06 October 2008
Ljubljana (Slovenia) - On 4 October 2008, the 21st Biennial of Industrial Design was officially opened by Dr Danilo Türk, the President of the Republic of Slovenia.
Ljubljana (Slovenia) - On 4 October 2008, the 21st Biennial of Industrial Design was officially opened by Dr Danilo Türk, the President of the Republic of Slovenia. The International Jury selected the award-winners from among the exhibited works. The awards were presented by Victor Margolin, Chair of the BIO 21 Jury, Mojca Kucler Dolinar, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, and Zoran Janković, the Mayor of Ljubljana.

From the submissions, is was clear that today's designers are less concerned with the object itself (form and function) and are instead more concerned with how their products affect the user's quality of life. The award winners all exemplify this idea. They reinforced the fact that design has become a central component in the dynamic development of contemporary culture.



The Funicular Railway was selected as the Gold Medal winner because it represents an excellent integration of aesthetic, functional and user-centered qualities.



Likewise, the second Gold Medal winner, the Booklet for 40ish sheets of paper, brought together in a clever way the two seemingly disparate worlds of poetry with pragmatic commercial concerns.

For the other awards, the jury chose to consider the multidimensional aspects of the products, such as invention, durability, satisfaction of special needs, and emotional experience as evidence of quality products or visual communication.

The jury has agreed that, beyond a doubt, design is now central to the creation of a better quality of life for people everywhere.

To see a complete list of winners, visit the BIO 21 website.

Exhibition
The BIO 21 Exhibition is now open and will run until 2 November 2008, 10:00 am - 6 pm daily.
Guided tours are available every Wednesday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at noon.

The BIO 21 catalogue is available for €20.

BIO 21 is an Icograda endorsed event.



For more information, please contact:

Architecture Museum of Ljubljana (AML) / Biennial of industrial design - BIO
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Ljubljana
Slovenia
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