The Kikkerland Design Challenge exhibited the results of their 13th competition at WantedDesign Manhattan during NYCxDesign. This time around, the design company partnered with Central Saint Martins University of the Arts in London, prompting students to design products within the stationery, desktop and office categories that incorporate Kikkerland Design’s witty personality.
In an effort to introduce design students to the process of bringing products from prototype to production, the winning designs from this challenge will be developed for production by Kikkerland Design. To help propel your favorite design into stardom, vote for it by simply “liking” the product on the competition’s page. Below are a few of our favorite results from the competition, ranging from a creative bathroom storage solution to a useful recipe stand:
Opting to switch from single use plastic bags to reusable ones is a no brainer these days. Toprakizgi Güven’s The Fold Bag takes the classic foldable reusable bag one step further buy turning it into a key ring. The bag folds out to be a backpack, shopping bag or shoulder bag, and the keyring section ensures that you’ll never forget your reusable bag at home.
Instead of aimlessly scrolling through Instagram during your bathroom experience, Naz Bender’s Repo shelf encourages you to crack open a good book instead. Repo attaches to your existing toilet paper holder and becomes a hanging shelf for your favorite books and notebooks. It fits all toilet paper holders and installs quickly and easily, with no assembly required.
The White Noise Bookmark Speaker by Ruin Deng is a speaker and bookmark in one. The device sits next to you while you read and produces white noise to help block out extraneous sounds, especially persistent city noises. When you need a break from reading, rest your open book face down over the speaker to hold your place.
This recipe tin and stand by Jianing Ding houses blank recipe cards for your favorite recipes. The cork lid flips over to act as a recipe stand to avoid getting the cards dirty while you use them as a reference.
Tobie Chevallier’s DIY Nightlight Battery lets you create light using only zinc, copper and vinegar. The battery cells are housed in a cork and glass structure that contains the chemicals and absorbs any odor from the vinegar. This item is ideal for classroom or at-home use, as it only uses natural materials.
My Story Teller by Ines Duplessis encourages readers to use their imagination to create a unique story. After prompted with the “Story Maker”, a spinning plot decider that randomly chooses a hero, place, character and object to create a story around, readers are then tasked with weaving the selected elements into a story of their own using shadow puppets and light. The entire set neatly folds up in a book-shaped case.
Coffee grounds have many uses, but we often throw them out due to convenience. Quiwan Wang’s “Colendar” aims to make repurposing coffee grounds into an air freshener easy by merging the daily task of updating your calendar with saving the material. Simply lace a drawstring through the outer perimeter of a standard cone coffee filter, place the satchel inside “today’s” calendar tear off sheet, lace the drawstring through the holes and hang. The calendar paper absorbs any runoff from the grounds and emits the enticing smell of freshly roasted coffee.
This DIY Door Organizer by Margot Willot hangs directly over your doorknob forcing you to remember small EDC items like your keys, wallet, glasses and earbuds. A cork option arrives flat and requires a simple assembly process, while a felt option requires no assembly.
Mom Mug by Jade Echard is seemingly handmade, offering an alternative to impersonal gifts without having to actually make anything at all—talk about convenience. An included ceramic pen allows gifters to add a personal message to the teacup, mug and ashtray in the collection. This design was named the Academic Winner of the challenge.
Learn more about the Kikkerland Design Challenge and view the rest of the Central Saint Martins University of the Arts projects here.