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Six questions with tomorrow's star designers

Six winning concepts, six questions, seven young designers: iF's Annegret Wulf-Pippig spoke with a few of the over 100 talented students and young professionals who won the iF Young Talent Awards 2016.

How does it feel to win an award?

"It feels amazing. It feels great to know that your hard work is being recognized. It‘s really good."

Rebecca Antonucci, School of Visual Arts, New York/USA

Project: Last Call

Where do you see yourself in five years?

"What I designed now was a concept, but I want to turn this concept into reality, into a real product. That is my dream for the coming five years. ;-)"

Yin-Kai Lee, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei/TAIWAN

Project: Cots Chair

Who are your favorite designers?

Thomas Harlander: "My favorite designer in terms of his universal approach is Otl Aicher. In terms of architects I admire, Peter Zumthor is at the top of my list."

Florian Anzenberger: "Our team thinks somewhat alike about these things. Otl Aicher is one of my favorites, too. Also, any architect and designer who approaches the trade with a good deal of functionality and a down-to-earth attitude."

Thomas Harlander and Florian Anzenberger, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Kärnten), Salzburg/AUSTRIA

Project: bridgingMZAMBA

Think for a moment about the greatest problems facing your generation: Do you believe that industrial design is part of the solution?

"Problems have always been there. In earlier times, people asked: 'How can I transport water from one place to another?‘. Today we have a lot of problems. Trying to integrate large numbers of refugees into our societies, for one. Friends of mine designing a mobile app to help first response teams communicate when there is no shared language. Design is a method of finding solutions to these problems. It should be focused on more than just making something fancy."

Rik Oudenhoven, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå/SWEDEN


If you could design only one product -- no matter how crazy or expensive -- to make the world a better place, what would it be?

"I think the single greatest problem today is the relationship of people to the environment. I‘m not sure what product it would be, but something to help people develop a different relationship with the environment."

Qing Zhu, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing/CHINA


What are the social or ethical responsibilities of an industrial designer?

"Since I started working on my current project at university, I‘ve realized that designing a product that can be used/is available/is accessible to/by everybody is the best approach. If designers look at people with disabilities and design products on that basis, it would be better for everyone."

Gareth Houghton, Northumbria University Newcastle, Newcastle/UK




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