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National Design Award to Umeå Student

National Design Award to Umeå Student

Mathilda Karlsson is one of the latest shining stars among industrial designers in Umeå. On Monday 8 February, she was awarded the award in the national design award Ung Svensk Form for her project Meno Clinic. 

Mathilda participated in the Summer eXpression programme in the summer of 2019 and she is currently studying the master's programme in advanced product design at umeå School of Design. She was awarded the Young Swedish Form award for her bachelor's degree project Meno Clinic, which was done in collaboration with Region Västerbotten and Youth Health Umeå (UMO). The project aimed to create a safer overall experience of going to the gynecologist. 

Through her work with meno clinic, Mathilda developed a new flow and movement pattern for reception rooms at the gynecologist, creating a safer environment and reducing the feeling of vulnerability to the patient.

It's great to win such a big competition and I hope with the increased exposure of the project that it will inspire continued work on improving design for women and children, which is an area close to my heart. 

Mathilda Karlsson
Mathilda Karlsson, winner of Ung Svensk Form 2021.

The response to Mathilda's work has been met with positivity from Region Västerbotten and they have started work on adapting their reception rooms. 

I would have liked to have pursued the project further, but due to a lot of work at school during the autumn, I have chosen to focus on my studies. When the opportunity arises, it would have been fun to present the work to RFSU and more regions. Alternatively, work with architects who design these hospital environments.

The winners of the Young Swedish Form competition will be shown in a Sweden tour and since Mathilda's concept is digital, it will be shown on four screens. 

Rebekka Quiroz Wiberg is another of the laureates in the competition who has also studied at umeå University's School of Design. 

Read more about the Meno Clinic project here.

About Young Swedish Form:
Ung Svensk Form is a jury-judged award and hiking exhibition with the aim of increasing and broadening knowledge about young and innovative Swedish design. Ung Svensk Form highlights the importance of being able to create and investigate freely without the need for adaptation to the market. Ung Svensk Form fulfils an important function as a forum where meetings between designers, producers and audiences arise. Ung Svensk Form 2021 is a co-production between the Association Svensk Form and IKEA Museum, in collaboration with Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and the City of Malmö. Ung Svensk Form started in Malmö at Form/Design Center in 1998.

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