Read about the winners of the New Designers 100% Award, BCFA Logo Award, Made.com Award, John Lewis Award, Virgin Atlantic Award for Product Design, Sky Award, Virgin Atlantic Award for Graphic Design, Wilkinson Award and Warburton’s Award.
Hugh Leader Williams, a graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University, was the winner of not one but three awards: New Designers 100% Award, BCFA Logo Award and Made.com Award. His flat-pack tables and stools are easy to produce with low cost for both batch or mass production and consist of ash wood legs, powder coated steel top and magnets. Hugh researched materials and details thoughtfully with the resultant outcome of functional modern furniture with a clean unfussy appearance.
Oliver Hrubiak, the winner of the John Lewis Award and graduate from Nottingham Trent University in Furniture Design, is inspired by Scandinavian functionalism and has designed and made a long-lasting lounge chair called the Grey Chair. Oliver focuses on functional aesthetics and Grey Chair conveys visual simplicity. Made with a strong powder coated steel frame, solid ash arms and veneered plywood, the curvaceous shape supports the back and also delivers balance, elegance and comfort. Oliver hopes this design can be batch produced.
Nikki Ferguson from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee won the Virgin Atlantic Award for Product Design for her exquisite showcase called The Heirloom. This consists of a box for memories and a glass belljar in which the memory object can be suspended. The owner can record stories and memories before being passed down onto the next generation to enjoy. Nikki states her main idea was to help people to form an emotional connection with objects and heirlooms passed down through generations.
Nicholas J Martin, a graduate from Plymouth College of Art took the Sky Award. His project is called Science Stings and is designed using 3D graphics to inspire and educate as a package for science enthusiasts. His use of simplicity, science and typography has many applications.
Tyler Scott graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in Visual Communications. Winning the Virgin Atlantic Award for Graphic Design he showcases a book called Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas, about the secret of the Nautilus shared by two men, with a monumental effect on the world they live in and can only be read by the people who share the secret.
Anthony J Hodson, winner of Wilkinson Award for Product Design graduated from Huddersfield University with an impressive idea for a watering can which has unique and useful features. It is stackable so that it is cheaper and easier to transport and it can be both a bucket and a watering can. This multi-function garden appliance has been chosen by Wilkinson to hopefully be put into production.
Vikki Davis, a Product Design graduate from Brighton University, is the successful winner the Warburton’s Award. She conducted her project around research on how people eat and drink on the go. Vikki looked at designing and creating a recyclable cup to combat the large market of non-disposable drinking cups. She hopes to use a biodegradable PLA for its manufacture and perhaps implement a service in which the cup could easily be recycled after your brew.
De Montfort University Interior Design won his year’s Best Stand Award with its scaffolding theme.