LUNAR wins design and interaction awards for NOVA & VELA

12. December 2012

LUNAR has won design and interaction awards for the NOVA climbing wall and the VELA cycle trainer. NOVA was selected from more than 300 entries to receive one of only 25 awards given by the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), a global network of more than 25,000 members worldwide dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design. Awards will be presented at Interaction13 on January 29.


NOVA was honored in IxDA’s “Disrupting” category for “re-imagining completely an existing product or service by creating new behaviors, usages or markets.” The concept development was led by our LUNAR Europe design team.

NOVA combines a smartphone app with an expressive sculptured structure in a new concept for a personal climbing wall. Users select a climbing route using the app and the wall displays the path using LED lights and pattern cut-outs that replace the colored holds on conventional training walls. Thanks to sensors in the climbing wall, the user can also record and analyze his training sessions via the app for a holistic (and stylish) workout.

Post-workout, a few app taps let users program the wall to light their room in virtually infinite ways depending on the preferred ambiance.


Additionally NOVA and VELA won silver and bronze SPARK: Concept Pro awards. The SPARK Awards seek out the best designs from all levels of society, from amateurs to the most experienced and are awarded by a community of designers and creative people bound together by the idea that design can make significant, positive changes in the world and help make it better.

VELA is a cycle trainer designed by the team at LUNAR Europe in Munich that challenges the design expression of exercise equipment. It transforms from workout tool to sculpture, showing off the user’s passion for their lifestyle through outstanding aesthetics. Clever integration of beautiful projections around the bike create an immersive training experience.


LUNAR was also shortlisted in the IxDA competition for its work on SF Prep and Ignite.

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