Alumni nominated in Design S

Beckmans alumni,product design

Sanna Gripner and Märta Hägglund, who both went out product design two years ago, has been nominated in Design S – Sweden's National Design Award 2018, in the category Furniture with the lounge group Cushy. 

Park bench with recognition from the living room sofa

Sanna Gripner and Märta Hägglund form the design duo Gripner&Hägglund. Their cushy park bench consists of a sofa and an armchair that takes its inspiration from the living room and above all from the soft, round product design. The furniture is made of a metal mesh that gives them an airy and light impression.  

"With Cushy, we've wanted to make the park a living room for everyone and show that design makes public space more inclusive," he said. Unlike traditional park furniture, Cushy is more ergonomic and it is nice to sit in for a long time, says Sanna Gripner and Märta Hägglund and continues: 

"It's been great to see that Cushy has been used and appreciated by both young and elderly people. The best part was when we got an email from a 14-year-old girl from the area who wrote how much Cushy meant to her, we couldn't have imagined that!  

Part of internationally acclaimed Superbenches 

Cushy was created just over a year ago when Gripner&Hägglund was invited to create alternative park benches for the kvarnbacken area in Järfälla. In addition to the relatively newly established design duo, nine other designers were invited to the Superbenches project, which gained international attention, including by CNN.  

"It has been great that the project has been widely distributed abroad and that we have had the honour of being part of it together with big names such as Max Lamb, Philippe Malouin and Scholten &beijings.

About Design S

Design S – Swedish Design Awards are Sweden's foremost and widest design award that the entire design industry stands behind. The award is aimed at professional designers, architects, individual practitioners, producers and companies working in design and product design in a broad sense.

Design S – Swedish Design Awards is a jury-judged award and the jury, led by Lisa Lindström, CEO of Doberman, has nominated over 60 entries.  The list of all nominees is here. The award ceremony will take place on 11 June at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, where a total of nineteen prizes will be awarded.

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