Monday 8th of May, Bård Eker was honored with 2 awards during the highly prestigious Design Intelligence Award in Hangzhou, China. The Hydrolift P-42 patrol boat was awarded with a “top-100” price for its Design- and Development process. The transport isolator EpiShuttle for EpiGuard took it all the way to the podium with a silver medal.
Design Intelligence Awards (DIA)
DIA is an international price award arranged by China Academy of Art to honor industrial design excellence on a global scale. DIA invites designers who have put themselves on the international design map to participate the award show. For 2017, DIA received submissions from more than 4.000 designers from 46 countries.
Glory and price money
At the ceremony a total of 78 bronze, 8 Silver and 2 gold statues were delivered to the designers.
The 2017 jury consisted of highly recognized design leaders and leading personalities in the worldwide design community. Dr. Mugendi M´Rithaa, the president of WDO (World Design Organization) was also selected to be a part of the grand jury.
The taste of gold.
“My mind was obviously set on the top spot and gold award, but both our nominated products are niche – compared to most of the other entries, which are targeted towards the commercial market” Eker explains.
The final round of the ceremony was executed as an impressive show where the competitors had to defend their candidature on stage, and in front of the juries, audience and live-cameras. The award show was broadcasted directly on Chinese TV.
“It might be my name on those statues, but without the hard work and dedication from my team at Eker Design, Hydrolift and EpiGuard, there would not have been any awards for me” Bård Eker humbly assures.