This year's A+ Young Designers' Platform winners represented a broad spectrum of products highlighting innovative ideas from emerging designers. Showing on the floor of Accent on Design, these four young designers were curated with the help of the American Design Club.
danacannamdesign was launched in 2009 after Cannam received his design degree from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands. His first project, the clamplamp explored how to, "maximize the functionality of a solid unfinished material rather than adding unwanted components." The lamp utilizes an energy-efficient LED strip, is compression-fit with no glue or screws holding the lamp together. The lamp head can rotate 360 degrees on its pivot and is manufactured with minimal environmental impact.
The "Delaware Coast Planter" from Ricky Giacco utilizes an "eco-concrete" mix that includes 40% recycled and sustainable materials. The planters are individually crafted inspired by Giacco's work exploring sculptural casting with every day concrete. Each planter is created to promote optimum plant growth through superior drainage, aeration and insulation.
Jinseok Hwang's "Task Lamp" is made of machine-processed light aluminum and an LED light source and was designed to cover a limited task area through a well-engineered hinge system. Hwang is a Senior Industrial Designer at frog design in New York.
Hongjie Yang introduced four new products at the A+ showcase. "Veer," a stainless steel soap dispenser, "Chromis," (seen above) a recycled aluminum pencil sharpener inspired by the shape of a fish, "Liquido" iPhone case and the "Hydro+" intelligent water bottle that tracks the user's daily hydration cycles. Yang is a recent graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design.