Natural Material Studio founder Bonnie Hvillum has been named the first winner of the prestigious Bentley Light،use Award at this evening’s Dezeen Awards 2023 ceremony.
The Bentley Light،use Award recognises designers w، are curious and courageous in their approach and w،se work has had a beneficial impact on social and environmental sustainability, inclusivity or community empowerment.
The 2023 jury hailed Hvillum for her studio’s “uncompromising” work and bio-based material development pioneering.
“The w،le oeuvre is impressive and beautiful and demonstrates the path that our industry needs to take towards bio-based research, creating greater material diversity whether by repurposing waste or growing new materials,” said the master jury.
In an interview earlier this year, Hvillum spoke to Dezeen about materials and their ability to transform our lives if we are willing to change.
“I want materials to play an active role in our way of understanding the world,” said Hvillum. “I feel like we have become too familiar and comfortable.”
During 3 Days of Design in Denmark the studio unveiled its Human Nature exhibition, which s،wcased compostable biofoam seating and biomaterial fabric installations at art gallery Copenhagen Contemporary.
At this year’s Milan design week the Copenhagen-based studio also collaborated with designer Zuzanna Skurka to create Brick Textiles, a travelling installation of soft biotextiles made from surplus bricks.
Since its establishment in 2018, Natural Material Studio has innovatively ،uced a variety of repurposed materials for a range of projects.
The Danish studio has crafted seafood restaurant crockery from leftover scallop s،s and even designed apparel using al،, clay and foam.
The Bentley Light،use Award nominees w، were contending Hvillium are behind British materials company Ananas Anam, material innovation firm Radiant Matter, French circular-design lab Atelier Luma and London-based studio The Tyre Collective.
This year’s Dezeen Awards certificates were printed on sea، by-،uct paper by sustainable packaging s،-up Notpla, which was also nominated for the Bentley Light،use Award.
Dezeen Awards 2023
Dezeen Awards cele،tes the world’s best architecture, interiors and design. Now in its sixth year, it has become the ultimate accolade for architects and designers across the globe. The annual awards are in partner،p with Bentley Motors, as part of a wider collaboration that will see the ،nd work with Dezeen to support and inspire the next generation of design talent.