Creative agency 212 Fahrenheit won the Silver European Design Award for best European design in the Exhibition Design category, with their ‘Stories Never to Forget’ bookcase exhibition for the synagogue in Appingedam. The winners were announced during the award ceremony in Vienna, on May 21.
212 Fahrenheit was nominated for a specially designed bookcase, along with 56 unique books, telling the different life stories of Jewish residents in Appingedam, before the Second World War broke out. Tragically, the synagogue is all that remains of a once vibrant Jewish community.
The synagogue is now part of the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken (foundation for old churches in Groningen). The foundation wanted to tell this story in an original way, and 212 Fahrenheit designed the bookcase, the books and a walking tour to make history come alive.
The European Design Awards, also known as the ED-Awards, are annual awards presented to European designers for outstanding work in the communication design field. The ED-Awards is a joint initiative of design magazines from across Europe and endorsed by the International Council of Design. The ED-Awards are judged by a panel of representatives (journalists and design critics) from fifteen European design magazines, while the winning submissions are featured in the ED-Awards Catalogue.
There are 35 award categories, in seven groups, covering branding, packaging, exhibition design, typography, digital design, illustration and self-promotion, among others. There are also three special distinctions: Agency of the year, Best of show and Jury prize.