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Power of Aluminium Awards

Power of Aluminium Awards

July 2008 The winners of the Power of Aluminium Young Designer Awards have now been announced – with students from London South Bank University taking three out of the four awards up for grabs and a student from Northumbria University also scooping a title. Presented at the degree shows of the respective universities on 17 June 2008 (Northumbria) and 20 June 2008 (London South Bank) students were recognised for their ability to utilise aluminium extrusion in innovative new designs for everyday objects.Overall Winner was London South Bank student Mark Detre who took the top honours for ‘Omni’ – his novel modular furniture system.  Judges recognised Mark’s use of aluminium as a highly recyclable product within a highly visual furniture system.  They also noted the fact that Omni is simple to assemble, flexible and available within a range of colours.Another London South Bank student following closely behind to take the Highly Commended Award was Emmanuel Odoom for his ‘Z-Board’ design.  A thoroughly modern take on the ironing board, Emmanuel has developed a visually striking design concept using 100% recyclable aluminium and providing easy storage capabilities using extrusion profile hinges.Taking the two Commended titles were Northumbria University student Chris Iveson for ‘the easyshield’ and Andrea Mighali from London South Bank for his ‘X2dles’ design. Chris Iveson showcased his ‘easyshield’ laptop protection case.  Considered by judges to be a very well presented detailed design, the case uses the high functionality of the extrusion process to achieve results and is an excellent combination of materials to provide the right functional result.Andrea’s innovative ’X2dles’ design takes aluminium into the world of fashion with an interchangeable watch and belt design which could easily be marketed as a sign of the wearer’s green credentials. Chairman of the judging panel, Martin Jarrett said: “These students have shown just how versatile aluminium can be in the modern world.  They have been innovative in their creations and demonstrated the huge environmental, flexible and aesthetic benefits of this metal.” Recognising the importance of the Power of Aluminium Young Designer Awards 2008, sponsors included: Sapa Profiles UK, Hydro Aluminium Extrusion, ALUnna, BOAL Aluminium, the Council for Aluminium in Building, Aluminium Stockholders Association, Aluminium Finishing Association, the Aluminium Federation, Powdertech Group, Jaguar, Ribble Packaging, Technoform Bautec, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Materials and Design Exchange. To find out more about aluminium and its uses visit www.powerofaluminium.com http://www.powerofaluminium.com
 
 
 

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