A key part of London’s designjunction in September will be the Rado Star Prize UK showcase, a renowned competition that triumphs and supports young, unestablished designers and gives them a platform to present their work. Already run in many countries throughout the world, the Rado Star Prize has come to the UK for the first year in 2017 and the innovative products on this year’s shortlist have just been announced. The LuxPad takes a look at the top designs up for the Rado Star Prize UK…
Coming to the UK for the first time, young designers across Britain submitted entries from the interior, industrial and technology design industries. The submitted works were then presided over by this year’ s judging panel which included industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, design journalists Katrina Burroughs and Corinne Julius, Rado’s Vice President of Production Management Hakim El Kadiri and designjunction Event Director Will Sorell. Each product was dedicated to the theme of ‘Design Meets Time’ and the projects ranged from digital concepts to lighting and glassware. The theme was brought to life through the longevity and sustainability of each product, a distinctive contrast to the often criticised throwaway nature of much of the design world today.
180° Lamp by Frederic Rätsch
Like an hourglass the 180° lamp has been designed to use light as an indicator of time. When turned 180°, this lamp will glow and gradually dim over the space of 45 minutes before turning off completely. Excellent for bedtime reading, it encourages a better night’s sleep for children as it indicates a time before ‘lights out’ and the product has been made from anodised aluminium, semi-transparent silicone and LED technology.
Apollo Tripod by Connor Holland
Inspired by the moon landing missions, the Apollo Tripod is designed to suit all environments and the wide feet and tripod shape provide stability on uneven ground. An innovative accessory for gardens or camping, it references the tripod shape in classical architecture and reflects on the Apollo Lunar Module’s design to land perfectly on the surface of the moon. Suitable for all weather conditions, it has a layered finish of epoxy resin, metallised with a water-based chemical, plated with silver, dyed to colour then an aerospace grade lacquer is applied making it incredibly durable.
Breathe by Jahday Ford
Breathe is a perfect marriage of traditional craftsmanship and digital design. It considers the origin of the glass which is the craftsman’s first breath and translates this into a 3D mould using a CNC router. Bridging the diverse field between digital process and craft, it captures a single moment in time and allows the craftsman to become a part of the object.
Kintsugi Ceremony Kit by Alida Sielaff
This project by Alida Sielaff combines the German wedding tradition or Polterabend, where dishes are smashed and Kintsugi, the Japanese practice of joining broken ceramics with gold. To be given as a wedding presents and conducted as a ceremony, it asks the couple to smash the plate then collaboratively reassemble it using the kit to create a unique and long-lasting gift with special meaning.
0.6 Chair by Joachim Froment
A robust and long-lasting dining and café chair, the 0.6 Chair has been made using a simple and efficient production process. A new process of laminating wood, a sandwich of wood veneer and carbon fibre reduces the thickness of this chair to just 0.6cm. Constructed using a two part mould, bother manufacturing time and material has been reduced to minimise consumption.
Tate-ium by Mark Mitchell
Mark Mitchell used careful consideration of the science and mathematics of design to create the Tate-ium chair which uses the phase changing material Sodium Acetate to allow the product to mould around its user. The removable sections of the chair enable the shape to be altered and remoulded when subjected to heat and the warmth of the pads can attend to aching muscles.
Pinhole Camera by James Benham
Taking the practice of pinhole photography and offering an updated interpretation, this project by James Benham invites people to reconnect with their surroundings. Transforming the instant and ordinary to the physical and evocative, it uses a standard 35mm film to allow for multiple shots, a shutter mechanism and durable housing, to bring the classic art of pinhole photography to a new age.
TRID by Taisei Mishima
The TRID is a transformable chair that grows with a child from birth to adulthood. With functions for a cradle, bouncer and chair, it grows with the child making it a product which does not need to be replaced. Offering a fast manufacturing process and flat-packed delivery, it is more sustainable than most furniture and the Birch plywood frame is intended to age with the child.
The Moravian Collection by Jasmine Craven-Huffer
This collection by Jasmine Craven-Huffer actively challenges throwaway society with the idea that products should be made to last a lifetime. The design has been inspired by a stool found in the 15th Century by the Moravian Church and each product in the collection includes sliding dovetail rails which use the natural movement of the wood to strengthen the joints over the years.
Topped by Willam Huggons
This product by William Huggons is inspired by the classic spinning top and by Charles and Ray Eames’ belief in the powerful notion of play. Designed to be a standalone piece or to form the lid of a ceramic vessel, it uses the spinning motion as a measurement of time which draws and captures the user’s attention.
The ten finalists will exhibit their shortlisted projects and concepts in The Crossing at this year’s designjunction between 21st – 24th September 2017. The winner of the competition will be announced during the show and will receive £5000 prize money and an iconic Rado Ceramica timepiece. There will also be a public’s choice winner which visitors to designjunction can vote for whilst they are there and this winner will also take home a Ceramica watch. Visit the Rado Star Prize UK website for more information on the finalists and the shortlist showcase.