Angela Corrado, a senior industrial design student, won first place in the ‘Young Design and Material’ contest. The task was to design “the toy of the future” while keeping in mind sustainability. The contest was sponsored by Spielwarenmesse, an international toy fair held in Nuremberg. They also hold fairs in Mumbai, Istanbul, Hong Kong, and Moscow.

Angela’s project will be taken to be displayed at the fair in Nuremburg with an awards ceremony on January 19, 2015 and it will be published in Fachgruppe Holzspielzeug des Deutschen Verbands der Spielwaren-Industrie, which is the wooden toy section of the German Toy Industry Association publication.

The judges for the contest were:

Werner Aisslinger, Owner – Studio Aisslinger / Berlin
Lutz ​Dietzold, Managing Director – Design ​Formgebung ​/ Frankfurt
Ines Frömelt, Chief Designer – Habermaaß GmbH / Bad Unterrodach
Tom Heim, Managing Director – Pamper24 GmbH & Co. KG / Neustadt
Lars Quadejacob, Editor in Chief – Design Report / Felden-Echterdingen
​Katharina Redmonds​, PR Manager – Lego GmbH / Munich
Ulrich ​Texter, Editor in Chief – Planet Toys / Editorial Office Bad Iburg

Criteria for the evaluation by the jury was as follows:​

– Degree of innovation and originality
– Match value (user-friendly, easy ways to play)
– Sustainability of the material used
– Mode of production (i.e., environmentally friendly, efficient use of materials)
– Reproduction or re-use

– High aesthetic quality
– Self-explanatory
– Functional and material-design
– Ergonomics
– Longevity
– Multifunctionality
– Repairable

Social and Environmental Impact:​
– No hazardous materials
– Resource-saving manufacturing
– Involvement in the recycling loop



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