The Bentley Lighthouse Award recognises designers who are curious and courageous in their approach and whose work has had a beneficial impact on social and environmental sustainability, inclusivity or community empowerment.
The 2023 jury hailed Hvillum for her studio's "uncompromising" work and bio-based material development pioneering.
"The whole oeuvre is impressive and beautiful and demonstrates the path that our industry needs to take towards bio-based research, creating greater material diversity whether by repurposing waste or growing new materials," said the master jury.
In an interview earlier this year, Hvillum spoke to Dezeen about materials and their ability to transform our lives if we are willing to change.
"I want materials to play an active role in our way of understanding the world," said Hvillum. "I feel like we have become too familiar and comfortable."
During 3 Days of Design in Denmark the studio unveiled its Human Nature exhibition, which showcased compostable biofoam seating and biomaterial fabric installations at art gallery Copenhagen Contemporary.
At this year's Milan design week the Copenhagen-based studio also collaborated with designer Zuzanna Skurka to create Brick Textiles, a travelling installation of soft biotextiles made from surplus bricks.
Since its establishment in 2018, Natural Material Studio has innovatively produced a variety of repurposed materials for a range of projects.
The Danish studio has crafted seafood restaurant crockery from leftover scallop shells and even designed apparel using algae, clay and foam.
The Bentley Lighthouse Award nominees who were contending Hvillium are behind British materials company Ananas Anam, material innovation firm Radiant Matter, French circular-design lab Atelier Luma and London-based studio The Tyre Collective.
Dezeen Awards 2023
Dezeen Awards celebrates the world's best architecture, interiors and design. Now in its sixth year, it has become the ultimate accolade for architects and designers across the globe. The annual awards are in partnership with Bentley Motors, as part of a wider collaboration that will see the brand work with Dezeen to support and inspire the next generation of design talent.