Last May, I was contacted by homeware brand Brabantia and asked to be a judge for a design competition that were about to run. Naturally I said yes and I was very happy to join Igor Josif of Happy Interior Blog and Yvonne Eijkenduin of Yvestown on the panel along with a number of experts from Brabantia. The ‘Design your Bin’ competition was opened to designers all over the world who were invited to submit their designs for the 2013 Retro Bin range. The competition received 1,033 entries from countries as far flung as Belgium, Brazil, China, Chile, the Netherlands and New Zealand. Once the deadline passed, the Brabantia team whittled these designs down to a shortlist of just 65 and then we were asked to select our favourite design in each of the following categories: Modern Art, Street Art, Illustration, Photography, Textiles and Handmade. It was then down to Brabantia to use our votes to decide the category winners and ultimately the competition winner.
The competition was apparently quite stiff and in the end two designs were chosen as overall winner. Kate Yorke, a surface pattern and textile designer from Derbyshire, came top with her design Kitchen Collage, which features a pretty patchwork pattern for a nostalgic design with a contemporary twist. But coming joint first was also ceramic designer, lecturer and freelance surface pattern designer Dominic Marshall from Staffordshire. His design is called Pop Kitchen and it was my favourite design of the lot so I was over the moon when I found out he had been selected as joint-winner.
As well as getting to see their designs put into production and sold as part of Brabantia’s range in 2013, both the winners will also receive a bin featuring their design and 1,500 Euros worth of Brabantia products.
The winning designs of the ‘Design Your Bin’ competition are now available to buy as part of Brabantia’s 2013 Retro Bin range.