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Opposites attract – cooking stove for Africa and future medical device receives the coveted iF design award

Pressmeddelande   •   Nov 03, 2011 10:30 CET

Out of 4,322 entries, two products designed by Ergonomidesign – EzyStove and miniME – have each won an iF product design award 2012 and will be recognized with the internationally renowned iF label. The EzyStove developed in collaboration with users in Namibia is awarded in the kitchen and household category. The medical monitoring device miniME is awarded as an advanced studies.

 —  We are very proud of the award. miniMe is the result of the many years of experience from the medical industry that we have gained as designers and researchers. We teamed up with users and practitioners to imagine the most useful ways to utilise new technological developments. With the award, iF has recognized the importance of that kind of explorative work, says Lennart Andersson, Director of Interaction Design, Ergonomidesign.

The miniME concept device is part of a future patient-centered health care system, The Future of Integrated Health Care. miniME measures and monitors biometric data like ECG, blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, blood glucose and cholesterol by connecting to body sensors using RFID technology. It forwards the data via a personal health app to mobile devices, computers, surface devices, and other medical devices which give trusted people like doctors, family and peers easy access to the data. The app is prescribed by a doctor as part of a treatment for different conditions and downloaded directly to the miniME from a medical app store.

—  Both miniME and EzyStove are examples of Ergonomidesign’s design diversity. It is also proof of our ability to apply innovative thinking to a wide variety of user needs and contexts, says Krister Torssell, CEO, Ergonomidesign.

EzyStove is a sustainable solution to the increasing problem of deforestation and carbon dioxide emissions, resulting from cooking over fire. Ergonomidesign collaborated with Namibian women and the non-profit organization Creative Entrepreneurs Solution to develop the stove. It responds to the needs and demands of the Namibian users and is affordable even to the poorest households, not only in Namibia, but all over Africa, in India, other parts of Asia and Latin America where there is a need for affordable and sustainable solutions. The EzyStove project is funded by the Global Environmental Facility’s (GEF) Small Grants Program, which is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

EzyStove reduces greenhouse gases, tackles alarming deforestation and cooks the meal faster. It is constructed to reduce the amount of wood needed by two-thirds, and thereby the emission of gases by 40%. The outer skeleton protects the users from the intense heat and also enables any type of pot or pan to be placed over the fire. The stove comes from the factory as a flat package, minimizing cargo space, and can be put together by local workshops using basic tools.

The award winners will be displayed at the iF design exhibition, which will run in parallel to CeBIT, starting March 6th – 10th at the Hannover exhibition center. The iF awards are selected by independent juries made up of internationally renowned designers, entrepreneurs and academics. The jury considered criteria such as design quality, finish, choice of materials, degree of innovation, environmental impact, functionality, ergonomics, visualization of intended use, safety, brand value and branding and aspects of universal design. For 58 years, the iF product design award has been an internationally recognized label for award-winning design and the iF brand has become a symbol for outstanding achievements in design.


To find out more, please contact:

Anna Romboli, director of communications, Ergonomidesign or mob: +46-701 90 23 00

More information about EzyStove on or

More information about miniME, the application Helping Hands and the Future of Integrated Health Care on

More information about iF on


Ergonomidesign, specializing in people-driven innovation, is one of the top-ranked design consultancies in the world. By relentlessly pursuing their philosophy since 1969, they have helped clients enhance the quality of life for millions of people all over the world and to penetrate markets, increase sales and build brands through innovative design. Their success is based on deep user insights, gained over years of multi-disciplinary research into physical, cognitive and emotional ergonomics. Ergonomidesign are 60 specialists working with Design Strategy, Premium Research, Interaction Design, Product Design, Service Design, Conceptual Engineering and Innovation Support. They work across a wide range of industry sectors and product categories. The Ergonomidesign head office is in Stockholm and is represented in London, Berne, Boston and Tokyo.

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