Muuto talent award winner 2012

For the third year in a row, Muuto has hosted the annual design competition for Nordic design students. This year’s Muuto Talent Award has seen more entries than ever before, with more than 400 contributions by gifted design students. This year’s winner is David Geckeler and his Nerd Chair.

In the fall of 2011, students of more than 20 design schools in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland were invited to participate in Muuto’s annual design contest Muuto Talent Award. Hundreds of students decided to submit their best designs within furniture, lighting and accessories.

After a thorough selection process, the Muuto board has now chosen the winner, David Geckeler. David created his Nerd chair while studying at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen as part of a project exploring Danish ways of designing objects. The intuitive yet innovative design and some interesting Scandinavian references were among the jury’s primary reasons for picking Nerd.

THE DESIGNER DAVID GECKELER: “It’s an honor and achievement for a young designer like me to win a design award like this. The Nerd chair is my attempt to develop a current and personal attitude towards Danish design and Muuto as a leading contemporary design company seems to be a perfect match for the chair’s design”

KRISTIAN BYRGE, MUUTO DIRECTOR: “The Nerd Chair is simple yet full of character and a very independent and unique take on an all-wood chair. The project shows both conceptual and aesthetical skills as well as strong craftsmanship. We are happy to play a part in this talented and promising start to David’s career.”

1st prize: David Geckeler, Royal Danish Design School – Nerd Chair

2nd prize: Caroline Olsson, Akershus University, Norway – Bambi Table

3rd prize: Marte Straalberg, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway – Sprinkle Lamp

MUUTO strives to expand the Scandinavian design tradition with new and original perspectives, by handpicking the brightest young talent around Scandinavia and letting them express their story through everyday objects.

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