Genki Instrument’s ‘Wave’ ring officially won the Icelandic Design Prize at the 2019 Iceland Design Awards. Created by Ólafur Bjarki Bogason, Daníel Grétarsson, Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson, and Haraldur Hugosson, the ring is a wearable MIDI controller that allows artists to control sounds with a series of small tilts, pans, rolls, taps, and clicks. The project debuted in 2018 after being crowded funded by an Indie GoGo campaign.
The Grapevine said it first
Of course, the Grapevine was way ahead of curve and in 2018, The Reykjavík Grapevine Design Awards granted the Product of The Year Award to Wave. “The way they have integrated design with the technological process is a good example of what design can do,” the Grapevine awards panel said. “They designed an experience.”
The Iceland Design Awards have happened annually since 2014 and focus on rewarding the best of Icelandic architecture and design. In this year’s edition, Omnom Chocolate and architect Manfreð Vilhjálmsson were honoured among others.
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