People talking on the Umeå arts campus

Umeå in the spotlight for Design

Design and Umeå at the end of May have been familiar to many for a long time. Then the design world turns its attention to Umeå in connection with the Umeå Institute of Design's internationally coveted students graduating. This spring, Umeå is even more in the spotlight when Design S – Swedish Design Awards – is arranged on May 31. Among the nominees are connections to Umeå, something we can find out more about when Svensk Form Västerbotten organizes a Designers Thursday the day after the award ceremony.

Among the nominees are a wide variety of creative solutions in different areas of design and architecture. In one of the 12 categories, Textiles, we find two nominees with a connection to Umeå and the business incubator eXpression Umeå. It is Viktoria Melinder, who attended the latest round of the Cultural Heritage Program at eXpression. And it is Beskow von Post, Susanne Beskow and Caroline von Post, who have received support from a business program at eXpression.

CAKE, nominated in the category Industrial Design and Product Design B2B and B2C, also has a certain connection to Umeå and then via Umeå Institute of Design. The student Fanny Jonsson has recently worked together with CAKE and developed a product, The Kibb.

The nominees in the different categories have been selected by a jury consisting of experienced and reputable people in the design industry. The winners of Design S 2023 will be presented on May 31, 2023 in connection with the award ceremony in Väven in Umeå.

Designers Thursday with the theme sustainability, hope and originality!

Svensk Form Västerbotten welcomes you to a design talk with three of the nominees, Viktoria Melinder, Susanne Beskow and Caroline von Post, Thursday 1 June at 11.30-12.00. In addition, Svensk Form's CEO Mats Widbom participates. The moderator is Anna Burman Sjöberg and the venue for the event is Great Hub City at Kungsgatan 63 D, which is open from 11.15. Free admission!

about the Design S nominees:

The category textiles External link, opens in new window.

The category Industrial Design and Product Design B2B and B2C External link, opens in new window.

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about Designers Thursday:

More about the event will be published in our social media, including at:

Svensk Form Västerbotten External link, opens in new window.

About expression Umeå:

eXpression Umeå supports over 100 entrepreneurs every year and is one of Sweden's leading incubators for cultural and creative companies. They offer business development that includes three distinct offerings: individual coaching, workshops with experts and a creative community.

eXpression Umeå is owned by Umeå University Holding AB and Umeå Kommunföretag Aktiebolag. Umeå Kommunföretag is the parent company for all Umeå municipality's limited liability companies.

eXpression Umeå website External link, opens in new window.

About the events:

UID23 | The Design Talks & Degree Show takes place at Umeå Institute of Design 30–31 May, and is an invitational event. For the curious public, however, it is possible to follow the event live on the web and already now there is the opportunity to sneak a peek at the students' visions in:

UID23 | Project Gallery External link, opens in new window.

Design S – Swedish Design Awards takes place on the evening of May 31 at the cultural center Väven, located by the Ume River. Design S is also an invitational event. Design S is presented together with Balticgruppen and Design by Umeå. The award is carried out in collaboration with RISE, SVID and Umeå Institute of Design at Umeå University and with the support of Polestar and Tarkett. Here you can take a preview:

The nominees in Design S 2023 External link, opens in new window.

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