Posted 11th Oct 2018

TKET partners with RSA for Student Design Awards

11th October 2018 - 15:41pm
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The Kitchen Education Trust – TKET – has partnered with the Royal Society of Arts – RSA – for its annual Student Design Awards, with support from KBB industry sponsors including AEG, Blum, Symphony, Blanco and Kessebohmer.

The Office for Disability Issues and the National Innovation Centre for Ageing – NICA – are also backing the awards, which challenges emerging designers to tackle a new design brief.

The brief for 2018 is called ‘Beyond the Kitchen Table’ and was developed in consultation with NICA and NICA design ambassador Johnny Grey, who is also visiting professor for the foundation degree in kitchen design at Buckinghamshire New University.

This year’s brief for the competition focuses on “developing a convivial kitchen product or spatial solution that enables people of diverse generations and needs to prepare and eat food, entertain, engage in hobbies or work, and enjoy being together”, TKET said.

“Multi-generational design is going mainstream,” said Grey. “In this brief we are asking for innovative products and spatial concepts that will make kitchens desirable places no one wants to leave. Clever thinking that has emotional and functional appeal.

“The partnership between TKET, Blum, Blanco, Kesseboehmer, NICA and RSA aims to connect university-educated students to the heart of the industry to create a kitchen design profession,” he added.

The competition opens in January 2019, with prizes of up to £2,500 available for winning entries. Winners will receive practical support from the RSA and its partners.

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