The fourth annual Josiah Wedgwood Design Award was presented on Monday in the Wedgwood showroom in New York. Students from Pratt, Parsons and RISD submitted a total of thirteen entries that were judged by a seven member jury. This year's theme "What is old is new" challenged students to reinvent a classic design from the company's brands— Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Waterford, Wedgwood & Bentley and Royal Albert—in a way relevant for today's consumers.
The jury included Lord PIers Wedgwood, Irina Kozlovskaya, the founder of Vim & Vigor Design Inc, Regan Iglesia, Vice-President and Global Brand Director of Waterford. Lisa Carroll-Archambault, VP of Global Design for Waterford and U.S. Designers, headed up the jury and presented the awards.
Lord Piers Wedgwood, RISD student and prize winner Minji Kim, Lisa Archambault and RISD professor Dana D'Amico
One professor from each school heads up the process for each school, who may submit a maximum of five works for the competition. The designs may be from individuals or a maximum of four students. The objective of the award is "to foster innovation in tabletop design and provide a forum for America's emerging young designers to apply classroom learning to a commercial endeavor."
The Best in Show award winner earning a $4,000 prize was Claudia Meyer from Pratt for her Juliet design:
There were also three other winners for different categories, each winning a $2,000 prize:
Best in Creativity winner was Minji Kim of RISD for Qsper:
Best in Presentation was awarded to Jarang Koo of Parsons for her Tune design:
Best in Marketability went to Patricia Wong of RISD for her design, The Secret Garden: