ID Juniors Take Top Spots at Philadelphia Museum of Art's Student Design Competition

Tabletop accessory sets by James Hughes and Kevin Greenland win first and second place, respectively

December 3, 2010

Industrial Design juniors James Hughes and Kevin Greenland won first and second place, respectively, for their creations of tabletop accessory sets in the 2010 Collab Student Design Competition of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This year's competition was held in conjunction with the museum's "Alessi: Ethical and Radical" exhibition, celebrating the innovative products of the Italian manufacturer Alberto Alessi, recipient of Collab's 2010 Design Excellence Award. Alessi, widely regarded as the world's most innovative and influential maker of kitchen and tabletop accessories, believes "design is a new form of art and poetry but with the strange destiny of bringing a little bit of joy to people."

Tabletop accessories cover a wide range of functional objects we use in the kitchen or dining room. They include salt and pepper shakers, creamers and sugar bowls, napkin holders, toothpick holders, cork screws, etc. Most people buy them in sets so that the designs are coordinated. Sometimes the designs are part of a larger thematic context that includes teakettles, dinnerware patterns, serving or cookware sets.

Students were required to design tabletop accessory sets that included at least four pieces, each with a central design theme targeted for the American market. Submissions included a full-scale model of one of the pieces and a presentation board illustrating the rest of the grouping. Any materials and technology could be used and the pieces had to be mass-reproducible.

Winning projects will be published on PMA's website and presented in the Collab Journal.

Above: Greenland's "Saladwerks" Salt, Pepper, Oil and Vinegar Cruet Set; Ceramic, Glass, Plastic, Steel and Wood.

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