The Hungarian Design Council was asked to submit nominations for INDEX:2005. The deadline was 15th February. Please see our nominations in the five categories below:

The Body:

Flexor active wheelchair prototype
Designer: Csaba Szilágyi G.

"The "Flexor-active" wheelchair was designed upon thorough research conducted with support from the Moholy-Nagy László Grant. The design perfectly fulfils the set objectives: it offers a light, simple, inexpensive and easily maintainable wheelchair for indoor usage for wheelchair-bound people pursuing an active lifestyle. Despite its simple structure, this piece, whose construction and ergonomics was thoroughly thought over, provides full comfort and allows the physically disabled to be as active as possible within the given constraints. The wheelchair's ergonomic design supporting dynamic movements has come up to the expectations even in practice."



Designer: János Terbe
Manufacturer: Terbe Design Ltd.

"Pic-pack" uses paper-folding techniques to create a wide range of products from cardboard - decorative items (picture frame), lamps, comfortable sofas, load-bearing bookshelves. Unlike most mass-manufactured, ready-made products, "Pick-pack" involves the user in the creative process. Following the instructions of a simple folding method, the ready-made cardboard sheets can be folded into a 3D object and can be securely fastened without glue. The objects can be just as easily unfolded; making transportation and storing convenient. There are colour variations, but the plain surfaces can be self-decorated. The products are environmental friendly, user-friendly and affordable.



Designer: Zsolt Varga
Manufacturer: REHAB Ltd.

This electric car was designed for the disabled: the driver need not leave the wheelchair, which slides into the car through the back door. Its small size (200 x 105 cm) makes the car easy to turn and manoeuvre. Its highest speed is 45 km per hour (28 mph), and runs a distance of 70 to 100 km (45 to 66 miles) without being recharged. Drivers require a licence for mopeds. The vehicle has an elegant shape and vivid colours, and it certainly makes life easier for those in need.



Designer: Krisztina Horváth and Orsolya Kurucz
(Hungarian University of Art and Design)

The designer of this drawing equipment developed for the blind chose a proven shape fitting the human hand, one resembling the computer mouse. The visually impaired may engrave signs, i.e. write or draw on the paper placed under the device by pressing the ball located at the nose of the mouse.



Warm Pebbles , heated street furniture
Designer: Barbara Szöllőssy and Zsolt Pyka
( The Urban Lanscape Group)

The "Pebbles" may have various forms and sizes. The form allows maximum freedom of use. The "Pebbles" do not set down rules such as "put your legs here", "sit there". And because in our life it is a rare thing just to enjoy and freely use something, people seem to like these pebbles on the street. The "Pebbles" are made from natural stones. Inside they have a special heating system developed by the designers. The system is connected to the gas main and resembles the central heating system in flats. Hot water circulates in coiled tubes within. The "Pebbles" are pleasantly warm to the touch.