Kebony, a leader in the production of sustainable modified woods, has launched a competition with Brunel University London, which will give 140 students the opportunity to work with Kebony wood to create a design object.
The university hosted back-to-back sessions today (Thursday 21 February) for students to work on their submissions and discuss their initial designs with Kebony representatives: Arnt Kristian Barsten, product and market development manager and Ian Luzmore, architectural sales consultant.
The students will be invited to submit their concept proposals and a shortlist of five will then be selected to create a prototype by the competitions judging panel including: Dr Eujin Pei, programme director for Brunel University’s BSc Product Design Course; Bert Beagley Brown, founder of TOG Knives; David Morris, editor of design exchange and Arnt Kristian Barsten and Ian Luzmore from Kebony.
The winner, to be announced in summer 2019, will receive a generous cash prize and have the guidance and support from both the university and Kebony to craft their final design.
Dr Eujin Pei, programme director for Brunel University’s BSc Product Design said: “We’re pleased to provide our undergraduate students with an exciting competition that not only allows them to work with a well-known manufacturer, and to also have an understanding about the intrinsic properties of Kebony as a sustainable and highly adaptable material. Partnerships with companies help to raise the overall standard of the quality of design education at Brunel University.”
Arnt Kristian Barsten, product and market development manager at Kebony added: “This competition is a great opportunity for Kebony to experience first-hand how designers work with and interpret the material. Kebony is renowned for its versatility, and as a result I am really looking forward to seeing the variation in concepts and learning about the recommended purpose for each product.”