Plydesign has announced the PLY DESIGN HOUSE design contest the first time this year. The month and a half product development was the final phase of the multiple rounds when the shortlisted candidates were given important criteria and directions for the concepts’ elaboration through one-to-one consultation. The Grand Prize and Audience Award were granted in the frame of the award ceremony held on October 15, 2021.
The finalists made a supreme effort in elaborating their concepts, which is reflected in the high quality of the closing presentations. During the consultations, a threefold set of principles guided the product development: production technology, design, as well as market, economic, commercial and marketing criteria. After a lengthy jury process, Anna Kovács won the Grand Prize (HUF 1 million cash prize, 6-month paid career training programme, royalty agreement) and Laura Schillinger came first in the online voting coordinated by our official media partner Hype and Hyper design magazine, winning the Audience Prize (a study trip to the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair in February 2022). The evaluation of the entries is published herewith.
Fanni Barta // DOUBLE-DECKER nightstand
The furniture called “DOUBLE DECKER” was initially conceived as a versatile, variable bedside cabinet - small table. It kept the technological profile of Plydesign in mind and targeted new marketable directions in the product range. The very rational structural formula: two-two curved “U” shaped leg and shelves elements has evolved into a strikingly innovative design thought process through continuous product development. The result is an ergonomic furniture ensemble that is complete in both function and usability. The fusion of storage and seating is an exciting and challenging design area, a good and obvious solution is hard to find, but Fanni Barta promises to overcome the obstacles. She has designed newer and newer furniture formations to serve the needs of private homes, sublet living with moving, dormitories, hotels, student residences, community halls. Not content with all of these, she has also experimented boldly with curved interconnected structures alongside linear shapes, charting new directions for development.
Anna Kovács // Accessory objects concepts // Grand Prize Winner
Anna Kovács’s work is an outstanding example of how an innovative idea can be turned into an exceptional result with a lot of hard work and diligence. She has a keen sense of finding unusual objects that can expand the Plydesign collection in new directions. By understanding the manufacturer’s and Plydesign’s needs, she has been thinking about a product line from the very beginning. However, this was just the beginning, the “entry”: during the one and a half month development program, she was very open and attentive to the feedback she received during the consultations and was able to integrate it into his work with a high degree of efficiency. She has intensively developed and refined her designs, with a lot of experimentation and appropriate choices. The result is a potential product range that is a niche, original, well-elaborated, and easy-to-produce, and the winner product in PLY DESIGN HOUSE design contest.
Laura Schillinger // Deckhand serving cart // Audience Award Winner
Plydesign's furniture family inspires DECKHAND in name and function, and form. She has reimagined and modestly integrated into the dramaturgy of Plydesign's products a piece of furniture that is nowadays in shadow: the serving cart. In Hungary, it is best associated with the elegance and lifestyle of the stylish bourgeois world between the two wars. Laura Schillinger has sought out new community spaces, internet cafés, rentable, mobile, non-permanent coworking spaces where a sense of home and private comfort can be fused. She positioned her portable storage furniture as a focus for this. Personal work equipment, objects, small items and even outerwear can be easily and ergonomically stored by its user. The structural design is very rational, with two vertical frames and two horizontal shelving units, using curved, molded plywood technology which gives a