All posts tagged: INDEX: Award

Hövding Bike Helmet

Ah, the Swedish. During a trip to Stockholm 10 years ago, I was blown away by how incredibly important and respected design is there — the Prime Minister himself came to the opening day of the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Designed by Swedes Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, Hövding  is an inflatable bicycle helmet that is disguised as a stylish neck wrap. Geared towards cyclists who might avoid a typical hard helmet because it’s not stylish enough (silly, but true), warm enough (understandable in places like Sweden), or who fancy themselves immortal (vampires?), the Hövding collar is covered by a removable shell containing a folded up airbag that deploys when you have an accident. The ultra-strong nylon airbag, shaped like a sexy cyber-hood, has a trigger mechanism that is controlled by sensors – accelerometers and gyros —  that pick up abnormal movements of a bicyclist in an accident. The rechargeable airbag provides soft and effective shock absorption and maintains constant pressure for several seconds, making it able to withstand several impacts to the head in the …

Adlens Universal Eyeglasses

When people can’t see clearly, it is more challenging for them to work, study, or drive; their entire quality of life suffers. I know how disconnected I feel when I have misplaced my eyeglasses even for a few hours; I can’t imagine what it would be like to not be able to afford those glasses in the first place. Adlens adjustable glasses respond to the need in developing countries for affordable eyeglasses by allowing users to adjust their lenses for near and far distance vision correcting. A finalist for the 2011 INDEX: Award to be announced in September, Adlens Universal glasses contain fluid-filled lenses (protected by durable, easy to clean polycarbonate cover) that change focus depending on the amount of fluid inside the lens. Designed by Rob Stevens and the U.K.-based Adlens Design Team, these low-cost eyeglasses can be fitted by health workers in a matter of minutes and correct up to 85% of refractive errors, the number one cause of poor vision globally. Affordable, practical, and stylish to boot in a choice of five colors, these glasses are truly …

PUMA: Clever Little Bag

Designed for PUMA by Yves Behar’s outstanding design firm fuseproject, the Clever Little Bag is one of the 61 finalists of this year’s INDEX: Award, the largest monetary design prize in the world. The award is given by INDEX:, a Danish-based, non-profit organization that works globally to promote and apply both design and design processes that have the capacity to improve the lives of people worldwide. The winner of the impressive €500,000 prize will be announced on September 2nd at a gala event in Copenhagen. Designed to be “a sustainable replacement for the traditional shoebox”, the packaging is a bag and box combination; a cardboard sheet folds into a box structure to hold the shoes, fitting seamlessly into a cloth bag, which keeps the shape and provides protection for the shoes. The system uses 65% less cardboard than the standard shoebox, takes up less space, weighs less in shipping, and is completely recyclable. Good for Puma to recognize that there was a better way to sell sneakers that could save money, resources, and waste. Plus, …