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Results of the 2018 competition for the best European design


The DesignEuropa Awards ceremony takes place every two years, in a prestigious location with architectural significance and resonance.

The POLIN conference centre hosted the DesignEuropa Awards ceremony on 27 November 2018. It is one of the most striking and emblematic buildings in Warsaw, Poland, and has won many major international architectural prizes.

Two outstanding European designs have been honoured at the ceremony in Warsaw:

The Small and Emerging Companies Award has been won by the Air.Go 2.0 automatic bag drop system, owned by Danish firm Marcus Pedersen ApS, and designed by Sara Clement. The Industry Award was won by the ARTIS pheno robotic C-arm angiography system from Siemens Healthcare GmbH, designed by Nadja Roth and Tobias Reese.


The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Hartmut Esslinger, a German designer with global reach and impact. He is known for his collaboration with Steve Jobs and Apple which led to the creation of the “Snow White” design language for Apple in the 1980s.


The industry award: finalists-2018

1. ARTIS pheno
Robotic C-arm angiography system
RCD number: 001453740, Germany
Owner and manufacturer: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
Designers: Nadja Roth; Tobias Reese

ARTIS pheno is a robot-supported C-arm angiography system, which is developed for use in minimally invasive surgery, interventional radiology and interventional cardiology.

These modern clinical approaches enable the treatment of patients with smaller incisions and less pain more effectively. For example, the vascular narrowing to be treated is visualized using X-ray-based technologies. This enables the physician to see, understand and correct the complex vessel structures in 2D or 3D visualization. The advantage for the patient is faster regeneration with fewer complications and less harm. ARTIS pheno accommodates any patient regardless of their size, condition or position requirements.

The jury appreciated the consistency of design language throughout the product, as well as the overall composition, both of which are oriented around patient needs. ARTIS pheno’s design allows medical staff to perform procedures with optimal access to the patient, and helps to combat infection and increase patient safety.

2. Docks
Modular outdoor furniture
RCD number: 002490193, Spain
Owner and manufacturer: Gandía Blasco S.A
Designer: Romero Vallejo


Docks is a modular, open and flexible outdoor furniture collection. The furniture pieces, based on a lightweight aluminium structure, are stackable and easily portable. They allow users to easily change the structure of the collection, to form sofas, beds or other rest areas.

The jury appreciated the possibility that the design offers of creating new layouts using a simple, minimal and light construction, and the rich range of compositions that can be obtained by using a relatively small number of modules.

3. Intercom
Smart video doorbell
RCD number: 002679852, Poland
Owner and manufacturer: Fibar Group S.A
Designer: Maciej Fiedler


The doorbell allows users to remotely manage access to their homes via high quality, full HD video using a very wide angle camera and a companion app.

The device, when linked to its app, allows users to view and record callers to their homes. They can make video calls via the device when someone calls to the door, and can also allow visitors to enter through the smart system.

The technology behind the device enables multiple smart home management functions, while increasing the security level of the household through an integrated solution.

The jury appreciated the integration of digital technologies with new functionalities and new formal solutions within the product.

4. Origami
RCD number: 003061654, Italy
Owner and manufacturer: Tubes Radiatori Srl
Designer: Alberto Meda


The Origami is a floor-standing decorative radiator, the design of which is based on the Japanese art of origami; hence its name.

The radiator is extendable and foldable like a screen, and can be used to separate spaces and offer privacy. Touch controls allow the temperature to be controlled easily.

In its assessment, the jury praised both the quality of the design application and the dynamic nature and flexibility of the product’s design.

5. Air.Go 2.0
Airport bag drop system
RCD number: 003362748, Denmark
Owner and manufacturer: Marcus P Holding / Marcus Pedersen ApS
Designer: Sara Clement


Air.Go 2.0 is a fully automatic self-service bag drop solution, which helps airports remove queues in the check-in area.

The jury highlighted the design of the product as “catering to a user need and solving a problem,” and underlined how the design merged with its environment, for the benefit of the end user.

The Air.Go 2.0 has been designed to be as accessible and easy to use as possible, including for wheelchair users, and is currently installed in several airports around the world, including Toronto Pearson and Hamburg. It is a modular system, which means it can be customised by individual airports depending on their needs or layout.

6. Braster System
Home breast examination system
RCD number: 003352715, Poland
Owner and manufacturer: Braster S.A.
Designer: Arif Veendijk, Jakub Oller, et al.


Braster System is an innovative home breast examination device which complements standard diagnostic methods. The device monitors the distribution of temperature in the breast tissue and records areas of higher temperatures, which may indicate malignant changes.

Users download the free mobile app, buy the examination package and perform an examination using the device. The thermograms captured during the examination are then transmitted to the Braster Telemedical Centre where they are analysed by artificial intelligence algorithms. The user receives the results within two days.

The jury highlighted the product’s user-friendly functionality which ensures a better experience, and noted that the device successfully takes up the challenge of integrating technology requirements with the needs of a wide range of women through an easy to understand interface and design.

7. Loclock
Bicycle parking system
RCD number: 003621572, Spain
Owner and manufacturer: Durbanis S.A.
Designer: Alex Fernández Camps


Loclock is a bicycle locking system for public spaces. It comes in six different colours and is made of concrete and polyethylene. It is easy to install and weighs only 15 kilogrammes.

The bike lock is completely tamper-proof and its soft coating reduces stress and damage to bicycles locked to it.

The jury praised the design’s simplicity and functionality as a piece of modern street furniture.

8. Nico Less
RCD number: 002801241, Slovenia
Owner and manufacturer: Donar d.o.o.
Designer: Primož Jeza


The Nico Less is a simple, but unique, chair made of felt, 70% of which comes from recycled plastic bottles.

The chair’s shape is achieved by a combination of heat and pressure, to produce a comfortable design that adapts to the shape of the human body. The Nico Less chairs can be combined in various colours and easily stored in vertical stacks.

The jury appreciated the attention paid to the sustainability of the design, and the creation of an easy-to-use product with a distinctive personality.

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