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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: ZERO WASTE BISTRO

Could this beautiful pop-up be the new model for sustainable dining? Shown during this year’s NYCXDesign event, the Zero Waste Bistro explores how great design can drastically reduce the problem of restaurant food waste. The entire installation is made from recycled and recyclable elements, from the construction materials all the way through to the tasting menu. …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: MODERN FERTILITY

Fertility testing for women can be invasive and highly costly. Not to mention, difficult to access if you live in remote areas or don’t have access to quality health care. Modern Fertility aims to reinvent and simplify this complex process for all women planning on children. Here’s how: MODERN FERTILITY from INDEX: Design to Improve …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: ZEIº

Maintaining focus and momentum at work is a challenge that most of us can relate to. This desktop gadget, which has received some rave reviews, aims to boost your productivity by helping you stay on top of all your tasks. ZEI° can be used as a straight-up time logging tool or if you’d simply like …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: AEROCHROMICS

Most of us can’t quite comprehend the real and looming threat of air pollution. And why would we? It’s easy to brush off a problem that doesn’t appear to affect your life, let alone one that you can’t even see. But, what if you could see it? This line of sweatshirts are designed to shift …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: LILIUM

This week, meet Lilium: the world’s first electric vertical take-⁠off and landing jet. This unique vehicle will enable you to travel five times faster than a car. But, you won’t need to own one. Just like today’s taxis and Ubers, you’ll be able to pay per ride and order one with a simple push of …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THE ALGAE DOME

With proper cultivation and widespread adoption, algae has the capacity to help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, like malnutrition, deforestation and climate change. This revolutionary organism, which can double in size in a day, can be grown almost anywhere, is packed with nutrients and contains twice the amount of protein than meat! …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: CORTI

Every year, millions of people suffer further injury and even lose their lives as result of mistakes made by medical personnel. This is simply because many emergency responders, doctors and care staff are forced to make quick decisions, often without the correct information, in highly stressful situations. Corti aims to dramatically reduce these mistakes using …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: SYNTHETIC POLLENIZER

The Synthetic Pollenizer, created by Michael Candy, is a conceptual project designed to help increase the dwindling bee population. The robotic canola flower (or rapeseed) provides a safer method of artificial pollination using 3D-printed robotic flowers. Candy’s flowers, while not infected with pesticides, are all equipped with pollen and nectar and are designed to be …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: PIGZBE

As cryptocurrency becomes more established in our global society, it only makes sense that we prepare our kids for a future where banking looks very different. That’s why Primo Toys, creators of coding toy Cubetto, came up with Pigzbe: a digital cyptocurrency wallet and gaming system for kids. The design is essentially a piggy bank …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: THINX

This one’s for the ladies! THINX are the world’s first period-proof underwear – and apparently they really do work. The underwear has a can be worn as a replacement or backup to traditional period products. The special four-layered design makes sure they’re leak resistant as well as perfectly hygienic. These could not only make life …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: QC-1

French startup Qarnot computing has come up with an idea to bring cryptocurrency into your very own living room – but not in the way that you might expect. The QC-1 is not only an energy efficient way to warm your home, but also mines cryptocurrency as it runs. The heater contains a passive computer …

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SEE OUR URBAN FARMING EXHIBITION!

INDEX partners with Poznań Design festival to curate Urban Farming Exhibition. A selection of our most memorable food and farming INDEX: Award solutions are currently on show at the Poznań Design Festival. Launched on May 11th, the Polish festival “promotes design as a way of thinking” and highlights creativity as a key part of solving important …

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NOMINATION OF THE WEEK: PETIT PLI

Say hello to our first INDEX: Award 2019 ‘Nominee of the Week’ Petit Pli – an innovative and beautiful clothing range that grows with your children. These garments are waterproof, windproof and best of all: sustainable! INDEX: AWARD 2019 – NOMINATION OF THE WEEK I from INDEX: Design to Improve Life® on Vimeo. Know of …

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Q&A: GOODBYE KIGGE, HELLO LIZA!

It’s the end of a tremendous era but as one amazing Founder and CEO says farewell – a new and promising CEO begins. To mark the official transition, we talked with departing Kigge Hvid and her successor Liza Chong to look back on some memorable moments, reflect on the present and, of course, consider the …

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Kigge Hvid steps down as CEO

After 16 years, the CEO and founder of INDEX: Design to Improve Life, Kigge Hvid, is stepping down from her position at the Danish non-profit organization, which represents the world’s largest design award and promotes sustainable design worldwide. In her announcement today, Kigge Hvid said: “I step down after 16 amazing years. In 2001, I …

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ELSINORE PREPARES FOR FINAL DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE BATTLE

The projects are in, preparations are in full swing, and now we’re counting down the days until the last Design to Improve Life Challenge in Elsinore! For the third and final challenge, the students of Elsinore will contribute to the municipality’s vision of becoming “North Sealand’s most attractive municipality for families with children”. With the municipality’s motto “participation …

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INDEX SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH UDD SCHOOL OF DESIGN

INDEX has signed a letter of agreement with the Chilean University of Development (Universidad del Desarrollo, UDD) to collaboratively educate undergraduate and graduate students, as well as promote global development of design. A broad agreement of academic collaboration has been signed between INDEX: Design to Improve Life® and UDD’s School of Design in Chile. Through the processes and methodologies …

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Q&A: INDEX + Montreal Design Declaration

Our Head of Future Thinking and Technology Marino Alessandro was recently in Montreal, Canada for the 2017 World Design Summit: an “international gathering of how design can shape the future”. We were there representing Denmark, along with our BLOX neighbours the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP). The Summit featured a broad range of …

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TRENDING IN 2017: APPS FOR REFUGEES

Refugees come to Europe to escape war, totalitarian regimes and persecution. But often, the challenges don’t stop there, as finding a way to stay in Europe can be tremendously difficult. Particularly if you don’t speak the language. These practical solutions offer a range of services, from housing to legal advice, to give refugees a leg-up …

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TRENDING IN 2017: GREEN PLASTICS

Plastic takes between 500 to 1,000 years to degrade. That means most of the world’s plastic still exists in our landfills, forests or oceans in some shape or form. These initiatives tackle plastic pollution head-on through better design, rather than waiting for a behavioural shift in consumers. Like what you see? Browse our full collection …