David Irwin scoops One Year On award

Product designer David Irwin has scooped the One Year On award at the New Designers show.

The award recognises the achievements of designers one year after their graduation.

Irwin, who left Northumbria University in 2007, was honoured for his ‘beautifully executed products with clear commercial awareness’, according to the judges. He wins £500 and joins textile designer Caren Garfen, who won part one of the One Year On award last week.

A further 11 awards were handed out last night as part of the second section of the New Designers awards, each ceremony marking the launch of the exhibition’s two halves.

The Habitat award went to Bucks New University graduate Naoko Kanehira for her furniture designs. The judges picked out a ‘deceptive sofa concept that encourages relaxed abandon’ for praise.

Kanehira wins a £500 Habitat voucher and a three-month work placement on Habitat’s in-house design team.

Graphic designer Phil Arthur, who graduated last year from Notthingham Trent University, won the Pentland Group award, including a two-month internship at the consultancy’s London office.

The British Sky Broadcasting Green award went to South East Essex College graphic design graduate Daniel Nixon, who wins a four-week placement on BSkyB’s in-house design team, Sky Creative.

Northumbria University design for industry graduate George Watson picked up the VTech award, winning a paid work placement at the company’s Hong Kong headquarters.

The Gleeds award, including a one-month work placement at the construction consultant and £1000, went to University of Wales graduate Alexander Strakhov.

Brunel University multimedia technology and design graduate Jason Peacock picked up the Hallmark Cards Plc award, including £1000 and a paid work placement with the card company.

The Swarovski Crystal Palace award was given to Dundee University innovative product design graduate Andrew Ross, who won £1000 worth of crystals.

100% Design award winner James Plant, who graduated last year from Bucks New University, has won the chance to exhibit at the 100% Futures exhibition later this year.

Interior designer Rebecca Parfett, who graduated from South Devon College last year, won the £1000 Formica award.

Last night also saw the concluding part of the New Designer of the Year award. Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication product design student Max Frommeld triumphed, securing £2000 in prize money.

The judges, including Design Business Association chief executive Deborah Dawton and design consultant Jacob Peres, described Frommeld’s work as ‘delighful, imaginative, hi-tech – a raw design performance.’

Nottingham Trent University graphic design student Frances Beale was honoured as a runner up in the category.

Finally, the award for the best stand at the exhibition went to Northumbria University’s BA Hons interior design department.

A number of smaller associate prizes will be handed out tonight as part of the Design Collections awards.

The second part of the New Designers exhibition continues at the Business Design Centre, in London’s Islington, N1, until 13 July.

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