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UCA Product Design student shortlisted for UK RADO Star Prize

One of our Farnham students has been shortlisted for the UK RADO Star Prize competition for his transformable chair, designed to grow with a child from birth to adulthood.

The TRID, created by BA (Hons) Product Design student Taisei Mishima, has cradle, bouncer and chair functions, meaning it can be changed to suit the needs and growth of a child.

“I'm very honoured to be selected as a finalist for the competition,” Taisei, who is from Japan, says. “It was challenging to design a product for the theme ‘Design Meets Time’, so I appreciate the opportunity the competition has given me to explore the meaning of product design. My inspiration behind the chair comes from wanting to keep the design simple and practical.

“In general as babies grow up rapidly, baby furniture needs to be replaced with bigger and different furniture to properly meet their needs, causing a lot of waste and expense. The TRID grows with the child, so it can be changed to the different forms according to the baby’s growth and therefore reduces the cost of regularly replacing furniture.”

The furniture is made from natural wood which experiences colour and textural changes as time passes. “I chose birch plywood which exerts high resistance against force from all directions,” Taisei adds. “Natural materials that change as they age are attractive for babies, children and adults.”

The Rado Star Prize 2017 UK competition is organised by Swiss watch brand Rado, in partnership with designjunction. The competition aims to find the next generation of British design talent, with the ten chosen finalists due to showcase their designs during London Design Festival in September, at which time the winner will also be announced.