Finns sweep the board in student packaging awards

Roman Klementsov, of Finland’s Lahti Institute of Design, has won the Supreme Gold and Gold Star awards at the Student Starpack 2009 awards with his milk pack design.

Klementsov, a second-year product design student, picked up the awards at a ceremony at the IOM3 offices in central London last week for his pack design – a bottle which features a stand-up base in the shape of cow’s udders.

Lahti Institute of Design won the IOP: The Packaging Society’s Eric Dickens Memorial Award for the most successful college for the third year running.

Winners from UK institutions included Narut Ruthiraphong, of Central St Martins College of Art & Design, who won the Logoplaste Milk Pack Sponsor Award with a portable and easy-to-use milk bottle, while Sam Gretton, of Swindon College, won the Hasbro Sponsor Award for a new board game with his Brain Box concept.

Joanne Richards from the University of Wolverhampton took the British Polythene Industries Sponsor Award for her Disaster Shelter Pack, and Maria Elisabetta Bortolin, of Blackpool & The Fylde College won a Gold Star in the Pro Carlton Sponsor Award to create a range of cereal packs, with her multipack made from four triangular cartonboard servings.

Laura Busby of the University of Wolverhampton won the DS Smith Packaging Sponsor Award to create a studio and desk-tidy pack from corrugated board with her Storitz concept.

Amundeep Hothi, a graduate from the University of Loughborough, won the PI3 Sponsor Award and the Gold Star with the Eco-Can, which answered the brief for a revolutionary sustainable packaging concept.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne, and students from New College, Swindon, The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, City of Leicester College, Reigate School of Art and Bungay High School all picked up prizes in the Schools Starpack Awards 2009.

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