The Rado Star Prize UK encourages young designers from across the UK to submit projects from the interior, industrial and technology design mediums around the given theme of “On Time/Time Off”. Ten designs have been shortlisted by an expert judging panel and one winner will be announced at the designjunction event running from the 20th-23rd September.
Judging was presided over by award winning designer Bethan Gray; Head of Design at John Lewis Philippa Prinsloo; Vice President of Product Management at Rado Hakim El Kadiri; Founder of Arts Thread Katie Dominy and designjunction Event Director Will Sorrell.
All ten of the finalists will exhibit their shortlisted concepts at the designjunction event and the winner will receive a £5000 cash prize as well as a Rado timepiece. During the show, visitors will be able to nominate their favourite project from among the finalists. The winner of the public vote will also be awarded a Rado timepiece.
Spin – Levon Lim
Spin is a modular and flexible workspace piece. Interactive and customisable, users can pivot the various table tops and interchange the shelving units depending upon their preference. Spin helps creatives organise their workspace and spin away items they do not need to focus on during the task at hand.
The Magé Cabinet – Scott Ridgway
The Magé Cabinet aims to perfectly complement a whisky lover’s ‘Time Off’.Celebrating both whisky and Japanese culture, the eastern influence is drawn from the traditional Japanese craft of Magewappe, in which straight Cedar is bent into lunchboxes and ricesteamers. Using Oak as a stronger and more consistent material, the flowing vertices of the top section and exposed joinery of the bottom express the style and the understated nature of the Magewappe craft.
A.P.I – James Moseley
A.P.I applies the concept of Seasonal Affective Disorder lighting to a product that focuses on aesthetics, moving away from the white plastic which currently dominates the field, to warmer materials and colours. From a blue projection at 8:00am to a red projection at 8:00pm the light moves through a gradient over the course of the day, influencing brain behaviour. The blue light promotes activity, whilst the red aids the body’s wind down processes, helping with the natural circadian rhythm of the user.
Life and Work USB Sticks – Aaron Mitchell
This product is a functional, double USB memory stick combining pewter, walnut and a magnetic closure. Depending upon the user’s needs each half can be used for different purposes to prevent the mixing of work and personal life. Functional and aesthetically pleasing, the product allows work files and personal memories to be stored together within one product, and yet kept separate.
BO’OY – Chloe Duran Stone
Taking into account how light and colours affect wellbeing, BO’OY is a translucent coloured shelf unit, which goes beyond its functional purpose to enhance a space and connect with the user. The sculptural, abstract and colourful elements of the piece trigger the senses whilst the moveable acrylic pieces can be arranged in different compositions and reveal themselves in different ways depending upon light, angle, time and the position they are placed in.
GC18 – David Knowles
Inspired by the stunning natural beauty, grandeur and mystique of the Giant’s Causeway, GC18 is a coffee table that responds to the landscape’s aesthetic elements. Hexagonal columns cast in Jesmonite replicate the basic characteristics of the basalt steps. The varying heights and organic shape mimic the terrain, creating a furniture piece that is tactile, intriguing and thought-provoking, consequently inspiring mindfulness.
Encouraging greater use of portable lighting in the modern home, Wilf is a portable task lamp. Utilising new battery and LED technologies, the lamp can be easily moved around the home. The counterbalance mechanism is fundamental to the interactivity of the lamp and invites the user to take control of the light. This sleek, adaptable task lamp allows the user to relax or work in any location without compromising on the quality of the light.
The Tartufo Collection – Heleen Sintobin
The Tartufo Collection, consisting of a compatible stool and bench, celebrates the intrinsic qualities of vegetable tanned leather. The tanning process is a time-consuming a natural process, producing leather which is testament to its use over time. The furniture pieces revive an ancient natural chemical colouring technique, the concentration of Vinegaroon liquid is subtly altered to result in a collection of unexpected colour variations.