Commissioning party: Plankejens as
Practitioner: Plankejens as and StudioGeist as
Creating toys that encourage children and adults to work together and enjoy each other’s company is a commendable idea. But when this is done with such visible passion and sense of detail as at Plankejens, it would be gross negligence in the course of duty to not award the result.
There are lots of good reasons why Plankejens deserves a DOGA Award. To start, the products are the result of exceptional craftsmanship, with all details thought out and executed with skill both individually and as a whole. Secondly, they cultivate collaboration and play across boundaries and generations in a simple, straightforward and inviting way. Thirdly, they appeal to the user’s aesthetic sense, both in that they are made of wood and that they reflect a style epoch that is popular with most. In this regard, it is a strength that the design perhaps appeals most of all to adults, thereby throwing the ball into their court so to speak in that this is something they want to build together with their child rather than that they feel obligated put together a plastic toy.
That they are made of wood is also a likeable quality since it is starting to become patently clear that we have a plastic problem in today’s world. It’s only fair to hope that this new awareness will pave the way for increased interest in wood and other organic materials in the world of toy production.
Perhaps we are simply nostalgic and very, very fond of wood as a material for toys, but we believe that this is a brilliant example of toy design that pretty much meets every single requirement for a DOGA Award: form, function, society, environment, economy and innovation.
Tord Sandholt, Studiogeist as, Creative Manager/Designer
Linda Skarpås, Studiogeist as, Designer
Fredrik Temte, Studiogeist as, Design Consultant
Magnus Stensvik Wilhelmsen, Presserommet as, Emboss Printing
Geir Borgersen, Plankejens as, CEO
Kristine Borgersen, Plankejens as, Board Member
Therese Borgersen, Plankejens as, Board Member
Trine von Storm, Næringshagen Østfold as, Consultant