International Design Award 2013
Prizes presented across the globe
This is the 9th time Rehau and Hettich have presented the International Design Award. The award winners come from Belgium, Russia, Korea and Germany. Over recent months award presenting ceremonies have taken place at the students’ various universities and colleges. The best designs received the International Design Award sculpture. Each of the winning students were also given prize money of € 2,000.
First up was the award ceremony at Bauman Moscow Technical State University in Russia. The prize went to Dmitriy Sergeev who designed the "Cookpit", a complex kitchen cooker system aimed in particular at people with little space in the kitchen. The various saucepans can be nested as an effective way of saving space. The Managing Director of Hettich Russia, Dr. Waldemar Schwarzkopf, Rehau's Deputy Managing Director, Alexander Vergio, and International Design Award judge, Natalia Maltseva, presented the symbolic cheque to the proud award winners. "My thanks go to Hettich and Rehau for organising the competition which gave me the opportunity to learn so much, as well as to my lecturers and fellow students for their support in my project", Dmitriy Sergeev said.
Ralf Holleis from Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, was delighted to receive the International Design Award for his design, "Türmli". He developed a multi-functional piece of furniture for kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms that can be used as a shelf and as a chair. His work impressed International Design Award judge Andreas Enslin who has been working as head of the Design Centre at Miele & Cie. KG in Gütersloh since the beginning of 2006. Speaking to the audience about design and industrial design, the judge commended the winner’s innovative work.
In Belgium, the students received their award for the "Kitchen Hangback System" group project. Lieven Hendrickx and Emke Gellings from Thomas More University College designed a multi-functional apron that helps to make everyday kitchen work easier. The guests watched on as Michel Dallaire, the successful designer and International Design Award judge, spoke in praise of the winners’ work.
In Korea, the award went to Soyoun Kim from Kookmin University. He developed "Hair", a lighting system that not only illuminates the room but also provides a visual attraction. When the light is switched on, the generator starts to work and the lighting system’s 'hair' slowly stands on end. Light then shines through the bristling hair. Over 190 fellow students, professors, friends and acquaintances were present as the winner received the symbolic donation cheque and sculpture from Michel Dallaire. The last of the award presentations took place in Germany. This is where the International Design Award went to Franziska Wagner from Münster University of Applied Sciences. The delighted winner designed "Let it dry", a space-saving shelf that can be mounted wherever chosen and also used for drying washing. She also received praise from Andreas Enslin.
The International Design Award 2013 attracted entries from 46 countries. The international panel of judges made up of Michel Dallaire from Canada, Andreas Enslin from Germany, Ivens Fontoura from Brazil, Liming Shen from China and Natalya Maltseva from Russia assessed the designs in March 2013. The jury was impressed by the innovative and creative designs the architecture and design students had submitted.