Photos by Priscilla de Castro
For the last round of the Hatch Live competition, the contestants were kept in the dark in terms of what they would be designing until four hours before the competition. "We wanted to keep it exciting," says Matthew Sargeant, founder and CEO of Hatch Hub. "We wanted to see how each designer works under pressure. It was great to feel the adrenaline in the room at the final." The morning of the final round, they were told they'd be creating table lamps. As the event began, it was pretty clear that judges Dan Rubinstein (former editor-in-chief of Surface magazine) and industrial designer Simon Enever had a tough choice ahead of them. Check out the behind-the-scenes video of the final battle for the grand prize:
Wil and Nelson battled it out in the Hatch Live finals, with Wil's lamp beating out Nelson's for the win, and Wil receiving a $4,000 cash prize as well as a brunch and portfolio review with competition judge Dan Rubinstein—oh, and bragging rights. Wil earned his bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico and later attended The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue a dual master's degree in Architecture and Structural Engineering.
Wil's winning design (left) and Nelson's art-inspired tabletop lamp
Here are the final results from the Hatch Live competition:
Hatch Live is the first design challenge to come from Hatch Hub, a brand new e-commerce site promoting exceptional design. The organization works with up-and-coming designers as well as established design talent to create a shopping channel that also inspires and engages the site's community of product lovers. To get involved in more national design events, check out their current competition, "Sheet Metal Free for All."
Keep an eye out for more competitions from Hatch Hub on their website.