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Friso Dijkstra Inventor Of Dutch Has A Ring To It Visits NYC

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


Dutch Has A Ring To It
Design By: StudioFriso
“A gift highlighting a valued relation or partnership is best symbolized with a ring. In this case: one with a Dutch ring to it.”

“The intention was to make something Dutch, practical but not necessarily comical. Kikkerland’s location, being New York, gave us the idea to do something with a bike. A healthy and free-spirited Dutch way of transportation that is often a good opening or “ice breaker” when talking to foreigners. In our opinion it had to be small and beautiful enough to let it stand on its own when not in use. The results: a bike-bell.”

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Introducing The Kikkerland Design & BBB Design Challenge

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The Kikkerland Design team is proud to partner with home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond® on the kick-off of its seventh design challenge to give young designers a platform to present their product ideas. Believing that future designers need to be thinking designers, Kikkerland Design teamed up with Bed Bath & Beyond to offer design students the potential opportunity to have their product ideas produced and sold commercially.

The goal of the Design Project is to engage students of industrial design in the design process by creating useful products geared toward the North American consumer. For this project, Kikkerland is inviting students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Rochester Institute of Technology to design a product that would appeal to the Bed Bath & Beyond customer and feature Kikkerland attributes.

The contest, which kicked off this month, asked students to create an innovative storage and organization product that provides a solution for a more enjoyable home or a college living space. Kikkerland founder Jan van der Lande is aiming to give back to the design community. “We want to make a contribution to the development of product designers attending design universities,” says van der Lande. “By producing multiple winning commercial product designs, we can bring great product design to the attention of a global audience.”

With an Academic Winner, a Production Winner, and a People’s Choice Winner, the winning designers will have their design produced and have the opportunity to have their products sold exclusively within Bed Bath & Beyond locations, receiving a royalty fee for their design. The People’s Choice winner will be voted upon in early November via a public voting microsite. The winners will be announced at the end of November.

About The Schools:
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has been a leader in educating artists, designers and scholars since 1866, and current offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post baccalaureate programs. Jim Termeer, designer and educator will teach the workshop.

Cranbrook Academy of Art is an independent graduate degree-granting institution offering an intense studio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in art, architecture and design to creatively influence contemporary culture. Cranbrook 3D Design is taught by Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker.

Rochester Institute of Technology was founded in 1829, and is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. Professor and Industrial Design Program Chair, designer-educator Josh Owen will lead the class under the Metaproject 05, an annual industry partnership between RIT and design-driven companies.

Introducing The All New Solar Einstein By Chris Collicott

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Announcing The Winners For The China Design Challenge

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Beijing Design Week 2014 – with more than 1000 submissions, the Winners of the Kikkerland China Design Challenge are Announced.

A Jury of International Design Professionals and 18,000 Online Voters Pick the Best New Product Designs for Kikkerland Design’s China Design Challenge at Beijing’s International Design Week 2014. China Red Star Design and Beijing Design Week announce today the Kikkerland China Design Challenge winners and runners up. The event takes place at CMoDA, China Millennium monument. Kikkerland Design is collaborating with China’s top online platform SINA.
The 2014 Kikkerland Design Challenge was created with two local partner, Beijing design week organization and Red star design fund and this event was funded to encourage a global market for Chinese design, through international judging, guidance, global promotion, and production. The goal of the challenge is to create a quality product with value as a product and as a design from start to finish.

The theme titled “A Passage Into Design,” invited young Chinese designers to present their original ideas derived from their heritage to fit the Kikkerland Design philosophy of form, fun, and function.
Out of the 1000 submissions, 30 finalists were selected to participate in a 3-day workshop. An online voting website www.chinadesignchallenge.com invited people to help choose 10 finalists and 2 winners. The website brought 250,000 visitors and receiving more than 18,000 votes.
“We are very pleased with the results of the China Design Challenge, there is a tremendous interest and enthusiasm from young designers for well designed products” – Jan van der Lande, president of Kikkerland Design Inc.

The top design prize goes to Zhou Yi for the Hutong Eraser. The eraser represents the disappearing traditional architectural style that was once prominent in Beijing.

In second place, Wang Lei’s Jiang-shang tea set tells the story of fishing with a barbless hook on the theory that the fish would come to him of their own volition when they were ready.

The Finalists:
Pine Cone Pencil Sharpener by Bai Renfei
China Salt & Pepper Shaker by Lin Ziwei
Cloud Paper Clip by Yan Yan
Great Wall Ruler by Yuan Xiaohan, Zhang Weiru, Zang Fengqi, & Li Jing Mu-jian
Note by Du Chaoyue
Clip Frame by Lin Sian
Chinese Calendar by Zhou YiNing Shui

The 10 winning design prototypes will be on display at the Millennium Monument in Beijing during Beijing Design Week 2014. All 10 designs will be produced by Kikkerland Design Inc. and promoted world wide.

Meet The Designer Jamie Wolfond Debuting GOOD THING

Monday, September 15th, 2014