Witness Scandinavia's "the best of the best", and in particular, Danish design, was very exciting to behold.
Copenhagen’s Design Week 2011 was a promise of great visual experiences. “Think human” was this year's theme and it occupied multiple locations around Copenhagen.
The Royal Danish Theatre, the central venue, held an international competition entitled “Designs to Improve Life”. This competition was open to independent productions that creatively presented ways of making life easier for people living in socially disadvantaged areas, or areas affected by natural disasters.
The main criteria for projects in Think Human wasn´t visual richness, but simplicity, practical use, efficiency and a large dose of corporate social responsibility regarding our planet’s natural resources. We experienced a mix of sunshine, wind and chilly weather on the waterfront by the Royal Opera House under the seemingly watchful eye of a military cruiser. I love the charm of such contrasting scenery!
The main info kiosk was made ecologically from metal containers - they were large objects resembling anthills scattered along the banks of the river, and the shortlisted projects were displayed on the top of them. Each was outstanding in its own way, and frankly, almost pathetically due to the beauty of their simplicity and the desire to help. I've rarely experienced so powerfully the simple, yet genuine functionality of such objects.
The Copenhagen´s Design Week featured products and ideas designed to improve the terrible living conditions of many people: portable drinking bottles with water filters, medical aids and diagnostic equipment, educational and many other products. The full gallery can be seen at http://www.designtoimprovelife.dk/