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.