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Awards & Publications

DFA Design for Asia 2015 - Silver Award, Dec 2015

We are very proud to receive another prestigious prize this year! The Design for Asia Awards (DFA) is the flagship programme of the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), celebrating design excellence and acknowledging outstanding designs with Asian perspectives.  This time is was our foldable Hipster Shades that was awarded the DFA Design for Asia Awards 2015 - Silver Award for their clever design. It was an impressive list of names in the line up for the awards so we are absolutely thrilled!

The Award Ceremony took place on the 2nd of December at PMQ here in Hong Kong and it was a fun night with fellow designers. All award winning designs were also exhibited at the InnoDesign Tech Expo in conjunction with BODW 2015.

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Handmade Lampshades, Natalia Price-Cabrera 2015

This book is bursting with inspirational images, tips and ideas. Sixteen contemporary projects are covered in useful step-by-step tutorials. There is a detailed chapter dedicated solely to the different techniques you will need to know in order to make a fabric lampshade for yourself - techniques such as creating a soft-sided lampshade using just hand stitching, or hand stitching and glue, machine stitching, using laminated PVC to create a drum lampshade, pleating, and creating balloon linings. At the end of the book there is a hugely useful resources section and a visual feast for the eyes: several pages of nothing but beautiful lampshades. Read on, learn how, and let your imagination run wild.

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IKEA Design Fiction (2015)

This catalogue is the result of a VINNOVA funded research collaboration between Mobile Life, the Near Future Laboratory & Boris Design. It visualizes what form a potential IKEA catalogue might take in 2030. It is a design fiction and not an official view or visualization from IKEA or its associated companies.

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Building Folkhemmet, Internet of Things 2015

We see an opportunity to brand Sweden as an IoT-nation. The Swedish standards, values, participatory processes and the overall Scandinavian design model could help place Sweden on the map, once again  making Sweden into a testbed and innovation hub in the world.

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Perspective Award: 40 under 40, May 2013

Boris got awarded the Perspective Award 40 under 40 in Product Design (South East Asia), May 2013 Perspective's 40 Under 40 2014 awards honour talented young individuals under the age of 40 who will lead Asia’s design industry in the next two decades. Six areas are covered: art, architecture, interiors, graphic design/new media, product design and fashion/accessories.

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Winner of HK Lighting Competition, April 2013

Organised by the HKTDC and held at the HKCEC, the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) features a wide range of products including Commercial Lighting, Decorative Lighting, Green Lighting, LED Lighting, Lighting Accessories, Parts & Components, Technical & Outdoor Lighting, Chandeliers and Hall of Aurora for branded products.

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Plei-Plei, 2012

How do we play, socialise and have fun with mobile technology! How will the future of digital toys look like? How do researchers go about when they study these phenomena?

This richly illustrated book comprises experiences from researchers working on the broad theme of mobile technology for play and leisure. The presentations are covering brief descriptions of research prototypes, summaries from studies and experiments in the field, as well as more theoretical texts. The aim is to highlight the importance of play in the design, use, and study of new technologies.

Authors: Ylva Fernaeus& Kristina Höök (Mobile Life Centre), Jussi Holopainen (Nokia Research Center), , Katarina Ivarsson & Anna Karlsson (Boris Design Studio), Siân Lindley (Microsoft Research Cambridge) and Cristian Norlin (Ericsson Research).

ISBN: 978-988-8151-83-7 Buy at Amazon!

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Immaterial Material, TEI 2012

Designing with Radio (published at TEI 2012).
Designing with digital materials is sometimes challenging due to material properties that are for all practical purposes invisible. Here we present our work on exploring one such material, radio, and how we have worked with making radio a more tangible and accessible design material for multidisciplinary design teams to work with. Starting from an account of a previous project of ours, the LEGA project, we describe a design situation involving radio that exemplifies some of the challenges that working with radio can involve. We thereafter describe how we have used the Inspirational Bits approach to further investigate the peculiarities of radio as an immaterial design material and what possibilities it holds for interactive systems design.

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The LEGA, TEI 2011

A Device for Leaving and Finding Tactile Traces (published at TEI 2011).
This paper describes experiences from development and deployment of the Lega, a hand held device for physical sharing of experiences during an art exhibition. Touching and moving the device in different ways creates a tactile trace that can be experienced by others through their own device. The system was successfully deployed at an art exhibition for two months where user studies were performed. Here we present some general observations regarding the systems performance and discuss issues that we encountered.

Background Photo: Marcus Lundén
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Inspirational Bits, CHI 2011

Towards a shared understanding of the digital material (published at CHI 2011).
In any design process, a medium's properties need to be considered. This is nothing new in design. Still we find that in HCI and interactive systems design the properties of a technology are often glossed over. That is, technologies are black-boxed without much thought given to how their distinctive properties open up design possibilities. In this paper we describe what we call inspirational bits as a way to become more familiar with the design material in HCI, the digital material. We describe inspirational bits as quick and dirty but fully working systems in both hardware and software built with the aim of exposing one or several of the dynamic properties of a digital material. We also show how they provide a means of sharing design knowledge across the members of a multi-disciplined design team.

Background Photo: John Paul Bichard
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Green Pollution, 2007

Greenpollution.org - become green from the inside out (published at Lund University 2007).
GREEN POLLUTION was created as web based open source forum to share experiences and listen to others on how to gain a sustainable lifestyle. In a personal perspective GREEN POLLUTION is about your resources, your time and your energy. In the global perspective it is about our world.

A research report on sustainable design by Katarina Ivarsson 2007.
Find the book through ISRN LUT-DVIDE/EX--06/5067—SE

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