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Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design


London Met Students scoop top prizes in design competition

Two students from London Metropolitan University scooped the overall and runners-up prizes in the Formica 2006 Student Design Competition. Students Lilyana Piskunova and Tanja Schlierkamp were awarded cash prizes for their winning designs. The competition gave students an opportunity to work to a real-life brief and this year Formica Limited teamed up with the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey to challenge Furniture and 3D design students from across the UK to design '21st century' furniture for the retail and café space of this striking Museum.

Students were asked to produce innovative and interesting design concepts using materials from the Formica Limited product range and to present their ideas on concept boards. Designing for a specific space gave the students a taste of working to a brief and meant that they had to show an appreciation of the Museum, its retail requirements, aesthetic style and philosophy, and an understanding of the products that Formica Limited offer and their applications.

Students from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, Northumbria University, Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University, Northbrook College, the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and London Metropolitan University all took part in the competition.

The competition was judged by Zandra Rhodes, renowned and daring fashion designer and founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum; Garry Mason, editor in chief of FX and idFX; and Simon Wild, Marketing Manager for Formica Limited in the UK and Ireland.

The winners:

Winning a cash prize of £1000 the overall winner was:
Lilyana Piskunova
2nd Year BA (Hons) Interior Design and Technology
London Metropolitan University

Influenced by the "sumptuousness" of stiletto heels and the different materials they can be made from, the judges felt her design captured the essence of the Museum, while creating a solution that worked well in the small retail space with its low ceilings. Providing plenty of different display options as well as good storage, the design used interesting shapes and colours to create an intimate atmosphere without overcrowding. The use of textured and iridescent Formica© High Pressure Laminate gave extra dimension to the surfaces and by carrying the core shapes across the different items of furniture - a retail counter, display units and tables and chairs for the café - she unified the space.

Winning £500 the runner-up was:
Tanja Schlierkamp
2nd Year BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design
London Metropolitan University

It was the innovative use of Formica© products and the flowing lines of her design that caught the judges' attention. Tanja proposed the use of structural compact grade laminate decorated with a striking repetitive pattern developed from the Fashion and Textile Museum logo, in the construction of a retail counter and a flexible interconnectable series of display units. She also clad some of the walls with Formica© Blackboard, so fashion imagery could be drawn onto them offering a fun and quirky way of updating the look of the space easily. The judges were also impressed with the detailing and general presentation of her entry.

24 July 2006

London Metropolitan University