The 10th edition of the International Design Award organised by Hettich
and Rehau invites participants to take furniture design to the next level.
Open to school pupils and students of product design, architecture,
interior design and art as well as wood technology and processing, the
International Design Award competition will receive entries up to 1st March
Hettich and Rehau have also announced the specialist jury that will
assess the design submissions. The prestigious judging panel consists of award-winning
designers Gordon Bruce, Max Lamb and Luisa Robinson who will provide a diverse,
informed and independent assessment of the entries.
Jury member Gordon Bruce
American designer Gordon Bruce studied at the Art Centre College of
Design in California and began his career at Eliot Noyes Architecture &
Industrial Design with customers such as IBM, Cummins, Westinghouse and Mobil. Over
his 40-year career, he has worked for well-known companies such as Polaroid,
Siemens, Samsung, Porsche Design and GE, creating products for the broadest range
of sectors from computers through furniture to aircraft. Bruce published a book
about Noyes design principles in 2007.
He also serves as a guest professor at various universities in the USA,
China and Taiwan. Bruce has won several design awards and a number of his
designs can be seen in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York,
Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Explaining his motivation to be a jury member for the International
Design Award, Gordon Bruce said that being an adjudicator is like ‘having a
bigger window on the design world that stretches in multiple directions’.
Jury member Max Lamb
A former winner of the International Design Award, Briton Max Lamb is a
member of the jury for this year’s event. Briton Max Lamb won the design award
in 2003, when he was in the last year of his bachelor’s degree in 3D design at Northumbria
University in Newcastle. Speaking about his visit to Hettich as part of the
award presentation, he said that it was a good opportunity to gain a deep insight
into the real world of industrial design. After taking his master’s degree at
the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, where he continues as a
lecturer, the product designer established his own studio in London, working
for companies such as Discipline, 1882 Ltd, Lobmeyr, E&Y in Japan and
Jury member Luisa Robinson
Luisa Robinson comes from Manila, Philippines, where she studied Interior
and Industrial Design. After working for several companies and brands, she
recently launched her own range of home accessories under the name Luisa.
Robinson’s designs have won many awards for product design and material
Luisa Robinson believes design competitions are important for students because
they offer a platform for them to apply the skills they have learnt in a
practical way, showcase the best ideas and also improve on them. A competition also
offers great opportunities for networking with other designers or with companies
such as Hettich and Rehau. She advises students taking part in this year’s International
Design Award to be open, research, and improve their work as a designer.
Robinson has been designing furniture for over
20 years, which is exported all over the world. As a member of the jury, she
wants to share her experience with participating students.