Gothenburg 28th of April 2014 PRESS RECEPTION
Welcome to the announcement of the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize 2014, at 11 am on Tuesday 20th of May, at the Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Tom Hedqvist, jury chairman and director of the Röhsska Museum, will be announcing the winner of this year’s Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize on Tuesday 20th of May at 11 am. The prize sum of SEK 1 million is funded by the Torsten Söderberg Foundation. This year’s prize-winner will be present at the event.
Accreditation for the press reception and lunch at the Röhsska Museum should be obtained Monday 19th of May. Please contact Birgitta Wåhlander by calling +46 31 368 31 53 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TORSTEN AND WANJA SÖDERBERG PRIZE – BACKGROUND
Each year the Röhsska Museum has the pleasure of awarding the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, which is intended to support design and the decorative arts in the Nordic region. The prize was inaugurated in 1992 by the Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg foundations in memory of Torsten and Wanja Söderberg.
The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, which was awarded for the first time in 1994 on the 100 th anniversary of Torsten Söderberg’s birth, has previously been awarded to:
Ceramic artist Jane Reumert, Denmark, 1994.
Jewellery artist Liv Blåvarp, Norway, 1995.
Designer Brita Flander, Finland, 1996.
Furniture designer Mats Theselius, Sweden, 1997.
Textile artist Louise Sass, Denmark, 1998.
Authors Aðalsteinn Ingólfsson, Iceland; Kaj Kalin, Finland; John Vedel-Rieper, Denmark; Jorunn Veiteberg, Norway and Kerstin Wickman, Sweden, 1999.
Designer Peter Opsvik, Norway, 2000.
Industrial designer Björn Dahlström, Sweden, 2001.
Graphic designer HC Ericson, Sweden, 2002.
Architect and designer Sigurður Gústafsson, Iceland, 2003.
Jewellery artist Janna Syvänoja, Finland, 2004.
Volvo YCC concept car:Anna Rosén, Cynthia Charwick, Maria Uggla,
Maria Widell Christiansen, Camilla Palmertz, Eva-Lisa Andersson, Elna Holmberg,
Lena Ekelund and Tatiana Butovitsch Temm, Sweden, 2005.
Ceramic artist and designer Ole Jensen, Denmark, 2006.
Design group Norway Says: Torbjørn Anderssen, Andreas Engesvik and
Espen Voll, Norway, 2007.
Fashion designer Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, Iceland, 2008.
Designer Harri Koskinen, Finland 2009.
Design group Front, Sweden 2010.
Fashion designer Henrik Vibskov, Denmark 2011.
Jewellery engineer Sigurd Bronger, Norway 2012.
Graphic designer Hjalti Karlsson, Iceland, 2013.
The SEK 1,000,000 prize is the highest amount for a design prize in the world where the winner is chosen by a jury and awarded annually.
The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize will be ceremoniously awarded in Gothenburg on 4th November. An exhibition of the prize-winner’s work will open at the Röhsska Museum on the 5th of November 2014.The jury consists of representatives from the five Nordic countries: Museum Director adj. professor Anne-Louise Sommer, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark; Director of design and decorative arts Widar Halén, National Museum, Oslo, Norway; Museum Director Jukka Savolainen, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Museum Director Harpa Þórsdóttir, Hönnunarsafn Íslands Museum of Design and Applied Art, Reykjavik, Iceland; Ph.D. Tomas Söderberg, chairman of Torsten Söderberg Foundation; and the jury’s chairman, Museum Director Tom Hedqvist, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
Birgitta Wåhlander, media and PR officer.
THE RÖHSSKA MUSEUM
of Design, Fashion and Decorative Arts
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