The Bemz Design Award 2016

Supporting textile designers of the future and opening its doors to the public in this second edition of the competition

Winning design from the Bemz Design Award 2014, Vibration by Eva Bertrand of France.
More high-resolution images here. Previous winners here.

September 2015 – Bemz, the company known for its fabulous range of covers for IKEA furniture, is proud to announce the launch of the second edition of the very successful Bemz Design Award – a competition bringing together students from major design schools from across Europe, including the UK, to encourage their future design careers as well as inspire upcoming generations of designers. Additionally, this year Bemz is announcing a new category within the Bemz Design Award – one open to the public – available for designers and aspiring designers across the globe.

In September 2013, Bemz launched the Bemz Design Award in design schools across France, Germany, Sweden and the UK. For most of these countries, this competition was the first European contest open to the textile designers of tomorrow. It was hugely successful with over 250 students taking part. As there was also significant interest from non-students, Bemz will invite the public to compete in an open, separate track in the 2016 edition, where anyone will be eligible to submit a textile design and compete to have their design produced by Bemz for sale to a worldwide market.

Due to the growing interest in self-expression and customer-led design, we’ve decided to open the Bemz Design Award up to everyone in this second edition. It is our ambition to be able to support these needs fully in the not too distant future, thanks to advances in digital printing technology,” says Lesley Pennington, Bemz founder and CEO.

Winning designs from the Bemz People’s Choice competition 2014.

One lucky student winner from each country and one from the public will see their design developed, produced and introduced into the ranks of the Bemz Designer Collection. The winners’ names will sit alongside long established and illustrious designers such as Marimekko and Designers Guild, like Stig Lindberg, whose seminal vision changed the face of textile design for future generations, and design-house Littlephant, a testament to contemporary design. The winning creations will be available for purchase around the world as sofa covers, chair covers and bed covers, alongside the hundreds of home textile products already available at The ultimate winner of the Bemz Design Award 2016 will also win €1000 and an all expenses paid trip to Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, a veritable hub of design inspiration, for the unveiling of the winning patterns during Stockholm Fashion Week in May 2016.

The theme of the second edition of the Bemz Design Award is focused on the Bemz core values: Scandinavian, high quality, design-led and distinctive. Entries are accepted from October 1, 2015 and the deadline for entry is December 14, 2015.

To find out more about the Bemz Design Award, how to enter, members of the judging panel or participating schools, please go to where you will also be able to follow the competition as it unfolds.


For more information, fabric samples or to borrow covers, please contact:
Christina Bhachu,, +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:
Caption information for images:

Top image:
Bemz cover for the Karlstad sofa in winning design, Vibration by Eva Bertrand for the Bemz Design Award, £569. Bemz cushion covers in winning design, Cascade by Eva Bertrand for the Bemz Design Award, £39. Bemz cushion covers in Egg Shell Blue, £15, and Artist Series Vallsta Silver Grey, £45.

Second image:
Bemz cover for the Söderhamn sofa in Ahoi by Barbara Regus of Germany, £469. Bemz cushion covers in Cascade (£39), Vibration (£39), and Ondes (£35) by Eva Bertrand of France, A Bird's Tale (£29) by Nilufar Islam of the UK, Ahoi (£25) by Barbara Regus of Germany, and Lillhagen (£79) by Maria Rothman of Sweden. All for the Bemz Design Award 2014.

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)


About Us

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, 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.



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