Jakob Wagner
Designer and owner of Jakob Wagner Studio
Jakob Wagner

Jakob Wagner, born in 1963, is one of Denmark’s most respected and award-winning designers. Jakob Wagner holds a BSc in design engineering from the Danish Academy of Engineering (now the Technical University of Denmark, DTU) and a degree in product design from Art Center in Montreux, Switzerland.

In 1993, following internships and studies in the United States, Italy and France, Jakob Wagner founded Jakob Wagner Studio in Copenhagen. The initial focus was on high-tech products for medical and sports applications; later products for home use were added. This led to product lines for Alessi, Bang & Olufsen, Menu, Muuto and Stelton as well as furniture projects for Cappellini, B&B Italia, Moroso and Hay.

Jakob Wagner has more than 20 years’ experience in the design field. His designs have been exhibited around the world and are included as part of the permanent exhibition at MoMA in New York City. He has received numerous awards, including six IF Awards, three Red Dot Awards, Bundespreis and Designer of the Year.

Jakob Wagner’s design is known for its characteristic landscape of form, driven by a quest to strike the right balance between opposing elements, such as masculine/feminine, static/dynamic, symmetrical/asymmetrical etc. Wagner’s simple yet sophisticated design captures the essence of a product in a minimalist, poetic and playful solution. His design approach is characterised by a keen focus on details, a high degree of curiosity and a strong grasp of user experiences in a timeless and balanced design expression. In 2003, Jakob Wagner was awarded the Danish Arts Foundation’s three-year working grant.

Other Jury Members 2016
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Richard Hsu
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Pil Bredahl Designer and owner of Pil Bredahl Design
Pil Bredahl
Pil Bredahl Designer and owner of Pil Bredahl Design
Peter Hebin Bruun Head of Communication and Sustainability, The Danish Growth Fund
Peter Hebin Bruun
Peter Hebin Bruun Head of Communication and Sustainability, The Danish Growth Fund
Lars Thøgersen CEO and Founder, CPH ID
Lars Thøgersen
Lars Thøgersen CEO and Founder, CPH ID
Kigge Hvid CEO of INDEX: Design to Improve Life
Kigge Hvid
Kigge Hvid CEO of INDEX: Design to Improve Life
Henrik Jeppesen Founding partner and director, Attention-Group
Henrik Jeppesen
Henrik Jeppesen Founding partner and director, Attention-Group
David Carlson Senior design strategist
David Carlson
David Carlson Senior design strategist
Claus Skytte Creative Strategist, writer and speaker
Claus Skytte
Claus Skytte Creative Strategist, writer and speaker
Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen Head of Design School Kolding
Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen
Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen Head of Design School Kolding
David Asmussen Creative director
David Asmussen
David Asmussen Creative director
Jesper K. Thomsen Designer and owner of Studio Jesper K. Thomsen
Jesper K. Thomsen
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Simon Skafdrup CEO and partner of 3PART
Simon Skafdrup
Simon Skafdrup CEO and partner of 3PART
Jesper von Wieding Strategic Creative Director of 3X
Jesper von Wieding
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Tim Larcombe Founder of INTENT
Tim Larcombe
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Susanne Schenstrøm Project Manager at Danish Design Centre
Susanne Schenstrøm
Susanne Schenstrøm Project Manager at Danish Design Centre