VELUX International Design Award

Innovation by Experiments – discover blinds of the future

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VELUX International Design Award

31/10/2013 - “One experiment is better than a thousand expert views.” With this statement, VELUX founder Villum Kann Rasmussen cemented the company’s experimental approach. Ever since, this has been the key to constant improvement of innovative design solutions and product functionality.

The VELUX Group strives to innovate by experiment and develop products that meet future needs with new ways of “bringing light to life”. The VELUX Group goes to great lengths to be constantly up-to-date with the latest trends, and wishes to learn from young, upcoming designers who represent the pioneers of tomorrow’s brightest thoughts and ideas.

The roof window is much more than a boundary between inside and outside. As a source of daylight, fresh air and an attractive view, the roof window enriches people with daylight and better living environments for life, work and play.

The design of window coverings (be it sun screening, shades, curtains or blinds) empowers us to change our indoor environment by softening the brightest sunlight and managing day and night as we wish. It provides the opportunity to interact with the surroundings, and either connect or separate our near environment from the outside world.

But what if a blind does more than simply soften the light in our homes or hide us from unwanted viewers? What if it also inspires us, boosts our imagination and even forms who we are? What if innovative design solutions for windows are keys to empower, and improve quality of life? Challenging current perceptions of window coverings contains endless possibilities, where only the imagination sets the limits. We are looking forward to receiving brand new concepts that will shape the blinds of the future.

The Award
The VELUX International Design Award 2014 is based on the wish to discover the best and most innovative blinds of the future. It seeks to challenge the way we work with product development, and encourages students to share their dreams and rethink future blind solutions.

The design award challenges students to push back boundaries and develop window coverings for the roof window that represent much more than a functional transition between inside and outside. It rewards students who dare to develop design solutions that will make a real difference in the quality of people’s lives. The design award is not aimed at a specific discipline of design students but encourages projects of high excellence, developed from a solid foundation of creativity, intelligence, quality and personality. It is optional for students to register individually or as a team. Multidisciplinary teams, which combine several design approaches, are also encouraged to participate in the contest.

The VELUX International Design Award 2014 is a unique opportunity for design students to take part in the progress of the VELUX Group’s innovative approach to product development – most recently expressed through the collaboration with the world-famous designer, Karim Rashid. Now The Group wishes to challenge design students and gain new perspectives on product development from the trendsetters of tomorrow. A jury of renowned designers will assess the award proposals.

The jury
Submitted proposals will be submitted to a jury of internationally recognized designers. All award entries are reviewed by an international jury and the selection of the winner is based on the above criteria. See more at

Who can participate?
Design students from acknowledged European design institutions that offer Bachelor-level courses as a minimum. It is optional for students to register individually or as a team. Multidisciplinary teams, combining multiple design approaches, are also encouraged to submit their projects. There is no limit to the number of entries from each school. VELUX employees may not participate.

Only students who have registered for the design award before 31 December 2013 can participate. To register, go to and follow the instructions.

You submit your project on the award website at using the design award account that you created when you registered. Deadline for submission is 31 March 2014. Your project can only be delivered digitally and only by the person who has registered. The jury evaluation is performed online and you must take this into account when you create your project presentation.



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