Winners of the HI-MACS® Design Competition 2011
Out of five hundred projects, from the most mind-boggling to the most avant-garde submitted by both professionals and students, four were selected from each category. Once again this year, creativity and audacity were out in force, ready to overturn established codes. The participants gave their best, thanks to their talent and the infinite possibilities offered by HI-MACS®.
The winners of the 2011 HI-MACS® Design competition organized by LG Hausys Europe have been announced at a ceremony during the 100% Design show in London. The eight finalists in the two categories – professional and student – were all at the exhibition, where their designs – fabricated in real size by Global Vacuum Presses and VF Superficies Sólidas - were all on show.
The winner in the professional category is the E-Moke by Daniel Abendroth.
Energy will be more scarce and expensive in the future – this project delivers solutions to simple but important problems. E-Moke is an innovative static bike-like object for public places, which allows users to recharge their mobile devices while cycling. It is made from HI-MACS® in white and green colours, but of course it can be customized – thanks to the wide range of HI-MACS® colours available - to match the colour identity of companies or cities. The Front cover has a USB connector where you plug in your mobile device. Striking and savvy, E-Moke puts an end to worrying about running out of battery!
The winner in the student category is the Naked Lamp by Mario Fuentes.
In the modern grey and polluted city appears a shining and colorful streetlamp, pure, bare, full of light and full of colors. The main part of the product is molded from Solid Surface HI-MACS® thanks to the thermoforming process. Two ‘Naked Lamps’ can be created using just one sheet of HI-MACS®, in just a few steps, no join is needed so this product saves material, time and money. It uses LED technology for the lights, the top light is a bright white LED and the bottom light is a low intensity RGB LED pattern that can create a huge range of colors that offer color-therapy for the passerby. ‘Naked Lamp’ also has a solar panel on top, to emphasize the purity of the product, its sustainability and its respect for the environment. It can be used in parks, squares, walking areas, streets, promenades, city centers as well as private uses like hotels, swimming pools or gardens.
The selection criteria:
The following selection criteria were used to shortlist the candidates:
- Commercial Marketability
- Usage of HI-MACS® properties
E-MOKE - Winner of the professional category
Daniel Abendroth, Germany
This exercise bike is an ingenious system that allows its users to recharge their mobile phones. Striking and savvy, E-Moke puts an end to worrying about running out of battery!
Branimira Ivanova, Bulgaria
This public bench offers a huge variety of shapes and colours. With silhouettes that seem to be holding hands, it invites its users to mix and to communicate, thus creating their own community.
Cinzia Naticchioni, Italy
Simple yet meticulous at the same time, “Linked” is a public bench which stands out for its versatility and its adaptability. Its two interwoven levels, made possible by HI-MACS ®, can be used as the user sees fit.
NAKED LAMP - Winner of the student category
Mario Fuentes, Spain
The “Naked Lamp” street lamp is intended to bring colour as well as light to towns. Its luminescent base is available in a variety of warm and vibrant colours to brighten up the streets.
Marta Tardieu de Chorro, Spain
This bus shelter with clean lines demonstrates the range of uses of HI-MACS® starting from its functionality and flexibility. The project is designed with functionality in mind, providing large information panels and non-slip flooring.
Mark Benstead, Scotland
This small box, full of humour and simplicity, explores the thermoformability potentials of HI-MACS® to come up with a chair that is both attractive and functional for its users.