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Two Dutch winners for INDEX Award

Christien Meindertsma and Philips Design were each awarded an astounding €100,000 in prize money as category winners of the INDEX Award 2009.

By Jeanne Tan / 31-08-2009

Last week as part of the festivities of the Copenhagen Design Week, the winners of the prestigious Danish-based INDEX Award 2009 were announced.

The mission of The INDEX Award is to generate more Design to Improve Life of higher quality all over the world. The biennial award comprises five categories - Body, Home, Work, Play and Community - that together span the spectrum of human activity and are relevant and understandable to people all over the world. The total award sum of €500 000 financed by the Danish state makes the Index Award the biggest design award in the world.

Congratulations to the two Dutch winners:

Philips Design, Chulha (Home)
The Chulha is a stove designed to limit the dangerous health conditions caused by traditions of indoor cooking in many rural areas of the developing world. The stove is being made available by Philips Design to the universe of social entrepreneurs so that they can, free of charge, produce the stove, themselves, and generate local business while helping counter what the World Health Organization estimates is some 1.6 million deaths per year from conditions prompted by the toxic fumes of indoor cooking with “bio-mass” fuels (wood, dung, peat, etc.).
Watch the video here.

Christien Meindertsma, PIG 05049 (Play)
PIG 05049 is a communications design developed over three years of research to track all the products made from a single pig. 05049 was an actual pig, raised and slaughtered on a commercial farm in the Netherlands. Meindertsma was shocked to discover that she could document 185 products contributed to by the animal. Meindertsma’s design includes the publication of her book, PIG 05049, which charts and pictures each of the products supported by the animal. The surprise is in the fact that elements of production contributed to by pig farming include not only predictable foodstuffs – pork chops and bacon – but far less expected non-food items: ammunition, train brakes, automobile paint, soap and washing powder, bone china, cigarettes.
Watch the video here. Read our previous story about all the Dutch INDEX Award 2009 finalists here.

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