Now that WantedDesign Manhattan 2023 has wrapped, we’re thrilled to share the final winners for the Best of Students and Schools, a showcase sponsored by iconic Italian housewares brand Alessi and presented with Design Milk.
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Words from sponsor Alessi’s president, Alberto Alessi, on what design is today:
Walking away with the Best of Schools award, UK-based Northumbria University won for their Tools for Everyday Life, a project born from a brief pitched to the school’s BA(Hons) 3D Design program (including academic staff, graduates, and Designers in Residence). They were asked to design everyday products that are enjoyable to use. The ongoing project of designing tools helps designers understand the materials and processes via making the tools and using them, in hopes of empowering users to connect to the products and develop skills along the way.
Rickard Whittingham, Assistant Professor, shares: “This project challenges its designers to share knowledge, skills, and experiences in the designing and making of ubiquitous objects. The aim is to celebrate the process and results of collaboration between designers at various stages of their education and careers in the creation of beautiful and useful things that meaningfully connect with people. We hope to highlight the important role design schools can have in bringing people together from diverse backgrounds to learn from each other.”
“The Tools for Everyday Life project champions the value of material and processes knowledge and making skills in the realization of contemporary products. The belief is that these skills and sensitivity to the physical world make for objects that are rewarding in their use.”
Walking away with the Best of Students prize, was a group of 25 industrial students from the Design Department at the Mexico-based Universidad Iberoamericana. The group presented 13 projects inspired by Mexican oral traditions. The Best of Students award gives recognition to students from design schools around the world and presents them on a global platform. It helps the universities to recruit new students while also networking with other schools for potential partnerships or exchange programs. This year, 14 schools participated, including: CEDIM, Central Saint Martins, Cranbrook Academy of Art, École Boulle, IED, University of Iowa, Northumbria University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, RISD, SAIC, SCAD, Tec Monterrey, and Universidad Iberoamericana.
Some of the student’s winning work:
Congratulations to the 2023 winners!