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UCA alumni receive prestigious design awards for postgraduate degree work

Two of our graduates have received prestigious Red Dot Design Concept awards for work they created whilst studying for their postgraduate degrees.

Tami Ishida, who completed an MA in Glass (2014/15), was awarded a Red Dot for her Japanese tea ceremony inspired glass vessels, while Saki Yokota, who completed an MA in Product Design (2014/15), was awarded a Red Dot: Best of the Best award for her 'Hoop' light. 

The awards acknowledge high quality works with design excellence that sets them apart. The Red Dot: Best of the Best award is the top prize attainable.

Saki said: “Before studying at UCA, I worked as a furniture designer in Japan and was interested in the latest trends of industrial design. During my studies, I wanted to explore these trends further and my final product, hoop lighting, brings together the ideas of art and industrial design.

“I was inspired to carry out this project when I arrived in the UK and noticed that it was daylight for a much shorter period of time which surprised me. I decided on hoop lighting because of the importance of light and the impact it has on being comfortable. My idea was for the light to move slightly to mirror daytime.”

Saki Yokota Hoop Lighting

Tami, who has already won the internationally acclaimed Stanislav Libenský Award for the same project, added: “I felt really happy and honoured when I first heard that I had won an award. I am always inspired by nature and old things and the glass vessels that I submitted to Red Dot were inspired by an old Japanese tea bowl and the spirit of a traditional tea ceremony.”

The Red Dot Awards received around 4,700 entries worldwide, of which five percent received a Red Dot award, and one percent a Red Dot: Best of the Best award.

Colin Holden, Head of the School of Crafts and Design, said: “It is a great achievement by both Tami and Saki to have their work recognised in this way. These awards attract a truly huge number of submissions worldwide and the small percentage chance of success makes it very competitive. I'm delighted for them both and that their project work completed with us here has made such an instant international impact.”