First ‘Young Creations Award: Upcycling’ presented at Heimtextil

With the 'Young Creations Award: Upcycling', Heimtextil has presented the first award for young people focusing on the principle of sustainability. Design talents Tobias Bast, Christina Jansen and Daniel Tsveikov of Aachen University of Applied Sciences were chosen as the winners and received the new prize on the first day of the fair, 9 January 2013. Four other teams of young designers also received awards for their creative work. The winners were chosen by trade visitors and exhibitors of the fair.

Shower heads turned into lamps
The winning products – 'Medusa's illuminating revelation & Poseidon's bubbling oracle' – by young Aachen-based designers Tobias Bast, Christina Jansen and Daniel Tsveikov have a great potential for being put into production. Heimtextil exhibitors and visitors were delighted with the way the designers transformed shower heads into lamps by fitting them with LEDs. A particularly clever aspect: the shower fitting is used to dim the lamp.

Second place was taken by Sergius Kowalski, Julius Hüttner and Sophia Hälterlein of Coburg University with their 'Take a 'working' bath' project, for which they converted an old bathtub into a stylish desk.

Third prize went to Lisa Weinfurtner and Sarah Lüthke, also from Coburg University, for weaving tights into the seat of a chair called 'Frame Chair'.

Fourth place was taken by Julian Reuter and Jakob Landes of Aachen University of Applied Sciences for their 'Board' project for which they found new uses for old skateboards including a sustainable lamp. Neslihan Akcal and Kathrin Deas of Aachen University of Applied Sciences Aachen were also successful with their 'SkarabÄuz' project, for which they turned innumerable plastic bags and car wheels into artistic luminaires.

Competition to be continued in 2014
The competition for young designers will be repeated on the occasion of the next Heimtextil in January 2014. "This subject has a great future", confirmed Prof Jan Armgardt, designer and lecturer at Aachen University of Applied Sciences. "Hand-made and individual products are extremely 'in' and many of the projects presented have the potential for really good business ideas." Heimtextil visitors can draw inspiration from the student's ideas until the fair closes on Saturday. The creative projects are to be found in a special exhibition in the new 'Design live' area in Hall 4.2.

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