Bemz launches new collection of textiles chosen by the public

Supporting up-and-coming designers via the Bemz Design Award 2016


New collection of winning designs chosen by the public via the Bemz Design Award 2016, including UK winner Urquhart by Roseanne Jack (second from left).
Unveiled May 2016, to be launched on Bemz.com August 2016.

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May 24, 2016 – Bemz, the company known for its designer covers for IKEA furniture, unveiled a new collection of textiles in the international Bemz Design Award. The new fabrics designed by four student winners and one public winner and chosen through public vote, will be added to the Bemz designer collection to be sold worldwide, starting August 2016.


Nockeby sofa cover in the winning design for the Bemz Design Award 2016, 
För att Himlen är Blå Deep Navy Blue by Anna Möller of Sweden. 


Söderhamn sofa section in the winning UK design, 
Urquhart Light Denim Blue by Roseanne Jack. 

In this second edition of the Bemz Design Award, submissions were invited to add a new textile design that spoke to the core values at Bemz: Scandinavian, design-led, high quality and distinctive to the Bemz range of slipcovers, bedcovers and curtains. Bemz received almost 500 entries in this prestigious textile design competition open to talented students from leading design schools across Europe and designers from across the globe. Over 11,200 people voted identifying the five final designs as public favourites. 

“Opening up our product range to open sourcing of design as well as public involvement in the voting process is key for Bemz as we evolve in an age of open innovation. Combining talent in the market with Bemz’s expert product know-how creates opportunity for our customers for innovative design and products. This is a future co-design trend in which we will actively participate – both to sponsor young, emerging design talents but also to offer new, exciting products to our customers,” says Lesley Pennington, Bemz founder and CEO.

At the international final this month the overall winner, Anna Möller from Sweden, was chosen from the four student regional winners which also included Roseanne Jack from the UK, Lena Maier from Germany and Charlène Juille from France. The name of Anna Möller's design, För att Himlen är Blå is Swedish for Because the Sky is Blue.

“I am very grateful and delighted that other people have embraced my work. As a young, aspiring designer in Sweden, receiving this recognition gives me great encouragement and having my design come to life on products in people’s homes is a dream come true – and it is all thanks to the Bemz Design Award,” says 24 year-old student, Anna Möller, Winner of Bemz Design Award 2016.


Stocksund sofa cover in the winning design for the public category of the Bemz Design Award 2016, Vases Graphiques Absolute White by Virginie Roblin.

All four student winners as well as one public winner, Virginie Roblin of France, will have their digitally printed designs added to the Bemz Design Collection and available for purchase across the Bemz range of products sold worldwide. They will all receive a royalty from Bemz for every metre of fabric sold via Bemz.com. As ultimate winner, Anna Möller will also receive €1000 cash prize.

Product images, both lifestyle and cut-out, and further information available from May 24, 2016.
The new Bemz Design Award fabrics will be available for purchase across the full range of products at Bemz.com from August, 2016. Find out more about the Bemz Design Award here


Söderhamn sofa section in the winning French design, Flying on Ice Mineral Blue by Charlène Juille.


Stocksund sofa cover in the winning German design, 
Artiskok Light Olive Green by Lena Maier.

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For more information about Bemz or the Bemz Design Award, to borrow covers or receive fabric samples, please contact:
Christina Bhachu, christie@bemz.com, +44 796 621 6363 

Customer service from the UK: 0800-048 84 04 (Toll Free)

High resolution images from Bemz available here. 

Notes to Editors:
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Top image:
Bemz covers for Henriksdal chairs in the five winning designs from the Bemz Design Award 2016: short cover in Artiskok Light Olive Green by Lena Maier of Germany, £85 and medium skirt covers in Urquhart Light Denim Blue by Roseanne Jack of the UK, Vases Graphiques Absolute White by Virginie Roblin public entry winner, Flying on Ice Mineral Blue by Charlène Juille of France and För att Himlen är Blå Deep Navy Blue by Bemz Design Award 2016 winner Anna Möller of Sweden, £95 each. 

Second image:
Nockeby sofa cover in the winning design for the Bemz Design Award 2016, För att Himlen är Blå Deep Navy Blue by Anna Möller, £679. Bemz cushion covers in Deep Navy Blue, Chestnut and Chocolate Brown, £15 each.

Third image:
Söderhamn sofa section in the winning UK design, Urquhart Light Denim Blue by Roseanne Jack, £529. Bemz cushion covers in Sun Yellow, Teal Blue and Mineral Blue, £15 each.

Fourth image:
Stocksund sofa cover in the winning design for the public category of the Bemz Design Award 2016, Vases Graphiques Absolute White by Virginie Roblin, £729. Bemz cushion covers in Real Red and True Blue, £15 each.

Fifth image:
Söderhamn sofa section in the winning French design, Flying on Ice Mineral Blue by Charlène Juille, £529. Bemz cushion covers in Deep Navy Blue, Mineral Blue and Absolute White, £15 each.

Sixth image:
Stocksund sofa cover in the winning German design, Artiskok Light Olive Green by Lena Maier, £529. Bemz cushion covers in Bamboo Green, Mandarin Orange, Vanilla Yellow, Moss Green and Grass Green, £15 each.


About Bemz

Bemz is a Swedish design company that produces tailor-made covers for IKEA furniture and other home textile products. The company was founded in 2005 by Lesley Pennington. The Bemz brand philosophy is deeply rooted in Scandinavian design history. Bemz fabrics are specially selected for their high quality, natural materials and all Bemz textiles are machine washable. With a business idea based on extending the life of IKEA furniture, Bemz environmental commitment is significant. Furthermore, Bemz eliminates overproduction by only manufacturing what customers have ordered and all production takes place in Europe, its biggest market. In December 2009, Bemz opened a store at Odengatan 22, in Stockholm - a shop and showroom in one.
More facts and figures on Bemz here.
Customer service from the UK: 0800-048 84 04 (Toll Free)

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Canadian expat Lesley Pennington founded Bemz in 2004. By the following year, designer covers for IKEA sofas and armchairs were being made for customers worldwide. Bemz fabrics are specially chosen for their high quality, natural materials and all Bemz textile products are machine washable. They can be purchased via www.bemz.com, where free fabric samples of favourites can also be ordered. In December 2009, Bemz opened an Inspiration Store at Odengatan 22, in Stockholm – a store and an inspiration workshop in one. At Bemz, whether shopping for the bedroom, dining room or living room, all products can be freely mixed and matched with the existing Bemz range of fabrics and custom textile products to create a completely individual look. The Bemz range was extended to include bedroom products in 2011 and made-to-measure curtains and products for kids’ rooms in 2013.