ABOUT

Sofia Souidi, born in Kassel, is a German-Algerian product and material designer. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, she set up her studio in Berlin. Her work focuses on sustainability and ranges from material development to the design of contemporary objects and spaces. Sofia Souidi's design can be defined as clear and functional, at the same time her projects often have an individual narrative element. Some show traces of production like the material development Superwood. Others play with with light as indicator of time, like the JoJo lamp and Gradient installation. What her projects have in common is an experimental approach, a passion for materials and a curiosity about new technologies.
The studio has collaborated with international companies such as Fraunhofer Institute, Futurium, Ikea and Ligne Roset. Sofia Souidi is currently working as artist in residence at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research.



STATEMENT

“Sustainable design is the sum of many decisions. Starting with the right choice of materials, through functional aspects to the design of haptic and emotional qualities of an object, which have a significant influence on how long we live with things and whether they are allowed to age with us.”




AWARDS

2022 | German Design Award Newcomer (Nominee)
             German Design Council

2021 | Ikea foundation Award for sustainable living
            Ikea Foundation

2021 | Award for Environment & New Energies (Winner)
            Stiftung Umwelt und neue Energien
2020 | German Sustainability Award (Nominee)
            Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis
2020 | Fraunhofer Residency WKI | WKD (Winner)
             Fraunhofer Institut WKI/WKD

2020 | Pure Talent Design Award (Third Prize)
             International Furniture Fair Cologne

2019 | Eco Design Award  (Nominee)
             International Design Center Berlin
2019 | German Design Award (Nominee)
            German Design Council
2018 | Ein & Zwanzig Design Award (Best of Best)
            German Design Council
2018 | Pure Talents Design Award (Nominee)
            International Furniture Fair Cologne
2012 | DMY New Talent Award ( Nominee)
            DMY Design Festival Berlin
2012 | Belektro Oled Lighting Award (Top 10)
            Belektro Messe Berlin




SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

10.21 | AnArchitectural Life | Superwood
09.21 | Tagesspiegel | Mit 20 braucht man keine Couch
07.21 | MD | Material
06.21 | HD Magazin | Slow Light
06.21 | Möbelfertigung | Superwood
06.21 | Stylepark | Material
04.21 | AD | Lichtspiel | Jojo
01.21  | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | Iconic Design Special
05.20 | Canadian Interieurs Magazine | Imm Cologne
04.20 | NDION- web | What role do design awards play?
01.20 | Baunetz ID | Neue Energien Pure Talent Contest
01.20 | NZZ | Das sind die Gewinner vom Pure Talents Contest
01.20 | Archiproducts | The Pure Talents of Imm Cologne 2020
09.18 | Süddeutsche Zeitung Plan W | Leuchtet ein
05.18 | M+A Report | Lichtquelle
04.18 | Wallpaper | The top new German designs of 2018
04.18 | AD | Sofia Souidi gewinnt ein&zwanzig-Award
04.18 | Süddeutsche Zeitung  | Wie die Sonne
04.18 | Baumeister | Leuchte Gradient auf der Milan Design Week 
04.18 | Baunetz | Gradient Lichte Momente
04.18 | Welt | Dieser Design-Nachwuchs ist ausgezeichnet




EXHIBITIONS | TALKS

2021 | 10  Radical Craft, Direktorenhaus, Berlin (GER)
2020 | 09  Eco Design Award, Feld Fünf, Berlin (GER)
2020 | 01  Pure Talents, IMM, Cologne (GER)
2019 | 11  ELMIA Subcontractor, Jönköping (SE)
2019 | 09  Martha Herfurth Museum, Bielefeld  (GER)
2019 | 09  Eco Design Award, Feld Fünf, Berlin (GER)
2018 | 05  Neue Galerie Graz, Selected 2018, (AUT)
2018 | 04  Tortona Design Week, Milan (IT)
2018 | 01  IMM , Pure Talents, Cologne, (GER)
2017 | 10  Warsaw Furniture Fair, Warsaw, (PL)
2017 | 09  Maison et Objet, Paris, (FR)
2017 | 07  Final Show, RCA, London, (UK)
2016 | 01  DAAD, Bonn, (GER)
2016 | 01  VIP Show, RCA, London, (UK)
2014 | 10  APPLAUS, beste Abschlussarbeiten, (GER)
2014 | 07  Direktorenhaus, Summerbreak, (GER)
2012 | 06  DMY Designfestival, Berlin, (GER)
2012 | 10  Design Tage Brandenburg,   (GER)
2011 | 02  Ambiente Young Talents, Frankfurt, (GER)
2010 | 06  DMY Designfestival, Berlin, (GER)