Caption: William Nicholson’s winning flat pack stool design

Flat pack stool design a winner

 Postgraduate design student William Nicholson has been named Supreme winner of the ECC Student Craft/Design awards for his design of a flat pack stool

 At a function at the Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt on Friday night, Mr Nicholson was presented with his prize money of $3000.

 As a recently graduated industrial design student, receiving first place was truly an honour, Mr Nicholson says. “The opportunity of exposure and recognition within New Zealand's design community is priceless and an exciting milestone as my design career begins. The accompanying financial reward is a huge bonus as I pursue postgraduate studies in Wellington this year”.

 He was drawn to the brief to design a short stool that is stackable, can work as a single piece or in a large group (such as a café), and maintains the mid-century modern aesthetic.

 Dowse director and one of the competition judges, Courtney Johnston, says Mr Nicholson’s design was chosen over nearly another 100 entries.

“From ready-to-market product design through to the hand-crafted one off entries, it is a superb selection. William Nicholson’s winning entry stood out as being innovative, seemingly simple but clever in the details.”

 Designs by all three placegetters as well as the 12 other finalists will be exhibited at The Dowse all weekend.

 Projects by Massey students and graduates Glen Catchpole, Fraser Calloway and Oliver Ward, Llyr Williams and Katie McFarland, and Anna Hicks received highly commended awards at the prizegiving named for a New Zealand lighting and furniture design company.

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