Design Challenge Winners
These category winners and finalists are recognized for their innovative product designs, for their use of materials that may be perpetually cycled, and consideration of the product cycle as a pathway to growing the circular economy.
Best Student Project & Best Use of Aluminum: MyEcoWall by Caterina Vianna and Ferran Gesa, Eina University Center of Arts and Design
by Caterina Vianna & Ferran Gesa - EINA, University School of Design and Art, Barcelona, Spain
Today’s workspaces need to be safe and versatile, creating a comfortable atmosphere for employees and allowing the redefinition and adaptation of workspace settings as companies evolve. However, companies often generate a lot of waste through changes to layout, work routines, and furniture as surplus items often end up going to landfill. Student designers Caterina Elena Vianna and Ferran Gesa Zaragoza, students at EINA, University School of Design and Art in Barcelona, Spain, sought to create a solution with MyEcoWall, using component materials (Ecovative’s MycoFoam & MycoBoard, wool and cork) that are biodegradable yet durable, enabling companies the flexibility to adapt retool, relocate, grow or reduce size. MyEcoWall can be purchased or leased, and each piece of the product is replaceable, eliminating the concept of waste and increasing recyclability: the parts made with aluminum can be remanufactured or recycled, and the parts made from biological materials are reusable as compost, thus returning them to the soil as a nutrient.
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Best Professional Design: Plano Chair by Brand en Meurs -
by Brandes en Meurs - Utrecht, Netherlands
Inspired by origami, where a uniform flat material is transformed into a complex paper structure, the designers at Brandes en Meurs – Michiel Meurs & Paddy Milford, with support from Mariska Hilhorst, Renée Emmerik, and Thijs Barentsen – set out to develop a useful product (chair) that anyone can form from a given rectangular sheet of material. The resulting Plano Chair is made from one single sheet of recycled and fully recyclable polypropylene material. Durable living hinges allow the sheet to take its final shape, and a single material type makes production and material reclamation easy.
Best Use of Cradle to Cradle Certified Material: Scout Rain Jacket by Alexandria Jones, Jordan Jones, Natalie Ouma, and Melissa Shuford - Savannah College of Art & Design
by Alexandria Jones, Jordan Jones, Natalie Ouma and Melissa Shuford - SCAD, Savannah, GA
The apparel industry continues to be one of the largest generators of waste, making innovation in clothing design an essential component of positively transforming the way garments are made and used. One contributing factor is sizing, especially for children’s clothing, which is often used only for a short period of time: young children gain an average of five to seven pounds and grow two to three inches per year, requiring continual replacement of clothing. The Scout Rain Jacket, designed by Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) students Alexandria Jones, Jordan Jones, Natalie Ouma and Melissa Shuford, provides a solution to this. Adjustable vertically and horizontally, the Scout Rain Jacket extends product life and reduces waste by growing “with” the child and also allowing multiple owners. To ensure optimum material health and reuse scenarios, the team referenced materials from the Fashion Positive Materials Collection and specified Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Natura thread along with Dystar textile dyes.
Best Student Use of Autodesk Fusion 360 Shaving the World by RIT ESW Team
by RIT Engineers for a Sustainable World - Rochester, NY
According to the EPA, close to two billion razors end up in landfills each year, largely due to the difficulty and danger associated with recycling the small stainless steel blades. In addition, disposable razors waste an incredible amount of water during consumer use. Led by Daniel Rouleau and Morgan Mistysyn, Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) used Cradle to Cradle product design principles to create a 100% recyclable razor that performs at the same standards as non-recyclable counterparts and requires less water during use. The team demonstrated adept use of Autodesk Fusion 360’s direct and parametric modeling, shape optimization capabilities, which enabled the 9-person team to collaborate on multiple parts simultaneously to design for disassembly, and minimize material waste, and maximize overall efficiency.
Best Professional Use of Autodesk Fusion 360 - LOOP Supply Medusa Spool
by Bartłomiej Gaczorek, Crystal Cave, Poland
The rapid and continuous growth of 3D printing has significant impacts on materials, production, distribution, and waste. Most of the materials for low-budget and consumer-level 3D printers are supplied in form of polymer wire coiled on spools, which are heavy, bulky, and are rarely, if ever recycled. Designer Bartłomiej Gaczorek of Crystal Cave developed LOOP Supply Medusa Spool using Autodesk Fusion 360, demonstrating an innovative approach to using t-splines for the design, and simulation to assess the strengths of the overall model. Made from BASF’s ecoflex®, the single-material spool is up to 80% lighter compared to conventional spools. The spool is also designed to foldable, thereby taking up less space, and can be easier to return to the supplier for reuse, or to be biodegraded.
- Re.System by Merlin Kafka of University of Strathclyde - Product Design Engineering
- Bandaroo by Chin Yu Cheng, Tim Hardin, Jenna Himel & Laura Matteo at SCAD
- Circular Diaper Bin by Renneé Emmerik of INSPIJERT
- Mushroom Cooler by Trevor Johnson, Tarek Diab & Menglin Xiao at Auburn University
- Purepod by Jenna Bower & Yu-Chu Chen at SCAD