Core77 Design Awards
On Tuesday, you got to know a bit more about MIOS and what the designers behind the project have been up to since winning. Continuing the 2014 Design Awards spirit, we bring you an in-depth look at Liminal Spaces, a 2012 Interiors & Exhibitions Student winner. Entering and winning earned them the validation and confidence to keep moving forward with their work. If you'd like to earn the same, get busy and submit your entry, because there's only two weeks left to enter the 2014 program.
Core77: How has Liminal Spaces grown since winning a Core77 Design Award? How has your professional life advanced since winning?
Liminal Spaces: Since winning the award, the next major hurdle for the three of us was graduating from the Royal College of Art—which we all managed successfully! We haven't continued to develop Liminal Spaces, but the thinking behind the project has been extremely influential for all of us in shaping our work.
Professionally Alicja, amongst other things, has been working with Bare Conductive and developing her own work.
Hal and Ben, working with Textile designer Kirsty Emery, have set up their own research and development studio Searu which is focused on the potential of digitized manufacturing. They are proud to count Google Creative Lab amongst their clients and are currently developing their own novel manufacturing system they hope to launch by the end of the year—watch this space!
What have you been most proud of when it comes to your submission?
I think the thing that made us most proud was the fact that when we created the piece, as student work, whilst supportive, our tutors didn't really respond to a lot of the main motivations behind the work. However the description of the jury provided for why they chose 'Liminal Spaces' featured all the main things we were trying to express (which we hadn't mentioned in our text submission). The fact that they picked up on this with such clarity was a great moment for us and definitely gave us more confidence with our work moving forward.
Have you created or taken on any new projects since the Design Awards?
Ala worked with digital artist Fabio Antinori to create the amazing "Contours" project that was shown at the MAK in Vienna, as well as Cubes, a series of sound reactive objects and a series of light up cards for Bare Conductive.
Hal built a bicycle powered cable recycling system for e-waste in Ghana that was nominated for the London Design Museum 'Designs of the Year' and the Index Awards in Denmark. This means a higher yield (98% copper) than traditional burning which can be sold for 20% more, without the toxins being released to the atmosphere, and also collects the plastic, making a valuable new revenue stream in the process.
Ben built a cheap, easy to use 3D scanner and an object remixing desk (based on a music mixer) which enabled anyone to create digital mashups without having to learn complex CAD or software. He created several busts that were mashups of classical Roman sculpture (Roman) that he showed in Milan and Eindhoven.
Ben and Hal then launched Searu with Kirsty Emery. We have several projects under wraps, but one project we built recently is the mechanical systems behind United Visual Artist's "Momentum," that were designed by Alex Bygrave. This project is currently on show at the Barbican in London.
If you had to choose one reason why other designers should enter the program, what would it be? What advice do you have for current entrants and young designers in general?
The Core77 Awards are a chance to have your worked looked at from a very global perspective, which for us was one of the huge benefits. The student category was great, as often student work has to compete with professional work, which is never really a fair comparison. This meant we got very different feedback which was really inspiring. Our advice to other entrants and young designers would just be to enter! Submit without worrying about what other people have told you—let the jury decide!
Get involved and submit your entry here.