Rado Star Prize UK 2018 Winner Announced

At an exclusive event held in the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf on Thursday 20 September, Rado and designjunction announced the winner of the second edition of the Rado Star Prize UK. The Judges’ Winner Prize was awarded to David Knowles, who impressed the judges with GC18.

Inspired by the Giant’s Causeway, GC18 responds to the undulating forms and natural but orderly rhythm of the location. 400 hexagonal columns cast in Jesmonite replicate the basic characteristics of the basalt steps. The table fuses sculptural elements with functional design, combining forms into a single entity.

David Knowles a 3D Design student from Northumbria University, will receive £5,000 and a Rado timepiece as a prize for his winning project.

“It has been a great opportunity to showcase my design at Rado Star Prize UK. I am honoured to win the award especially to have been judged by a panel I admire. I hope this will be the start of setting up my design career” – David Knowles

Throughout designjunction the public were also encouraged to vote for their favourite project and the  innovative ‘Limescale Project’ by Martina Taranto emerged as the Public Winner.

Inspired by the slow pace of life in Calatafimi, Sicily, The Limescale Project converts the problem of limescale into an opportunity. Developing a process by which pipe moulds are installed in the pipeline, the project harvests the structures grown underground. Rethinking production methods, the project reconnects with nature and envisages a future where tables and chairs are cultivated in the pipes and extracted like diamonds.


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