Theme of the Year
Theme of the Year
Korea + Sweden Young Design Award (KSYDA)’s core values of innovation, sustainability, and a better future have been reflected in this year’s theme: Sustainable Design for a Better Future.
As humans continue to experience prosperity through the advancement of technology and civilization, the earth is suffering from irreversible damages such as global warming and destruction of the natural ecosystem. Protecting this planet for the next generations to come is no longer an option, but an imminent task that we must accomplish together. By unleashing creative, conscious designs for people and the planet, KSYDA aims to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability and inspire many others to take a part in creating
a greater movement.
Let’s build a better future together!
Jakob Hallgren serves as the ambassador of Sweden to the Republic of Korea. He is making a great effort to promote design and cultural exchanges between Korea and Sweden. Before his Korea assignment, He served as Deputy Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) from 2012 to 2018. He also previously worked at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs as Head of its Humanitarian Division and as Head of its Division for Conflict Issues. He has worked closely with the United Nations and various agencies in activities to create a better future in the areas of mediation, peace building, disarmament, humanitarian action, and disaster risk reduction.
Mats Widbom has many years of national and international experience in the museum sector and public diplomacy. He holds a degree in architecture and is well-versed in the area of design, having held positions including head of design, architecture and urban environment during Stockholm’s year as Cultural Capital of Europe in 1998, artistic director at the Swedish Traveling Exhibition and cultural counsellor in Washington DC where a series of design exhibitions were held at the then newly opened House of Sweden. Most recently, He was in Paris as director of the Swedish Institute, as well as cultural counsellor at the Swedish Institute.
Nicolas Johnsson is a marketing and communication professional with 15 years of experience in building the IKEA Brand in various markets. Currently he is the Country Commercial Manager in IKEA Korea but has also been Country Commercial Manager in Russia and Marketing Project Leader in IKEA Germany and in the global IKEA marketing department in Sweden. Before he joined IKEA, he worked in the advertising industry in New York. He has done master studies at Lund and Stockholm universities in Sweden as well as media studies at Pace University in New York.
Petra Lilja is an industrial designer who dedicates her career to critically
examining the role of the designer in a world where a lot of the problems we're
facing, like climate change, poverty and inequity, can be traced back to design
She divides her time between her design studio and her academic work as design lecturer, researcher and board member of the managing team for the Design + Change Program at Linnaeus University, Southern Sweden
Tor Lindstrand is an architect and head of the Master’s Program in Spatial Design at Konstfack, University College of Arts and Craft, in Stockholm. His practice oscillates between architecture, art and performance in numerous cultural contexts with projects presented in institutions like the Tate, Liverpool, Venice Architecture Biennale 2008, 2010 and 2014, Steirischer Herbst, Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, and more. He is on the board of Eva Bonniers donationsnämnd (a foundation that promotes public discourse on the role of art and architecture and undertakes art projects), an expert for the Swedish Art Grants Committee, on the jury for Ung Svensk Form (Young Swedish Design) and architecture critic at FORM magazine.
Swoo K. Suh is a Professor of Environmental Design in College of Art & Design at Sookmyung Women’s University since 2000 and her study is focused in interior architecture, emotional design & human interaction. Currently she is the executive director of SMU Design Institute as well as Executive Board Member of KIDP. She was the former Vice President of External Affairs and a Chief Executive Director of International Affairs & Cooperation at Sookmyung. She has been well recognized globally in the field of interior design as she was the first Asian to be appointed as the Secretary General at IFI/Int’l Federation of Interior Architects & Designers from 2004-2008 and also served as a Secretary General at Asia Interior Design Institutes Alliance when it first founded in 2000.
Hwasung Yoo founded BYMARS in Stockhom in 2010. The studio produces its own objects and works broadly across furniture, lighting and product design, with much of its work centred on the decontextualisation of existing objects. Hwasung Yoo has exhibited both domestically and internationally. In Sweden, his work has been displayed at Stockholm Furniture Fair’s Greenhouse, and at Formex. He has exhibited in Milan’s Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Le Lieu du Design in Paris, and the Korea Foundation in Seoul. And he has been chosen as the ‘Next Generation Design Leaders’ in 2011 by KIDP in Korea and his work has been awarded as ‘UNG8’ in 2010 which is juried Swedish young design by Svensk form (Swedish form/design institution). Recently he is working for a lighting brand AGO in Korea as a co-founder and a Creative director.
Hyesun Lee is a professor in the Design Department - specializing in design products and service design - at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. The designer has been teaching here since 2001 and also completed her Master's degree (1992). In addition, Hyesun holds a Master of Arts and a Master of Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette (USA) and has previously worked as a strategic design planner for Motorola and as a product designer for LG Electronics, among others.
As the CEO and Founder of Perception, Sohyun is responsible for brand experience design, design management and package design strategy. Having completed a Bachelors in Design and a Masters in Communications, she discovers ideas from different areas of expertise and combines them through design as a value creator and as a Creative Director. In addition, she frequently participates in facilitating the conversion of collective intelligence into high-value outputs through creative workshops.
Eunjoo Maing currently serves as Executive Managing Director at the Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP), a national design organization established by the Korean government, MOTIE (Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy) in 1970. She’s also been also contributing to the World Design Organization (WDO), an international body for design, as a regional adviser since October 2017 when she completed two terms of her commitment as an Executive Board member of the WDO. For the KIDP, Eunjoo has been playing a key role in building and developing international cooperation and opportunities. Maing also initiated the ‘Next Generation Design Leaders program’, a government-funded project to recognize and support talented young Korean designers.
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