A rotomolded, shapely garden planter takes top award at TopCon

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: June 20, 2014 2:13 pm ET
Updated: June 25, 2014 1:12 pm ET

Image By: The Kitchen Community The Learning Garden Bed is designed as a space for both hands-on learning and play.

Related to this story

Topics Rotomolding
Companies & Associations Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

CLEVELAND — A garden planter for schools and a sound amplification device for an iPhone that looks like an old-fashioned ear trumpet won top honors in the product design competition at TopCon 2014, sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Rotational Molding Division.

The Learning Garden Bed won first place in the Professional Division for The Kitchen Community in Boulder, Colo., which is the philanthropic arm of the The Kitchen restaurant group. The curvy vegetable gardens are designed to be hands-on learning environments and play spaces for schools and community areas. The firm has installed 172 Learning Gardens so far. Jamie Wirkler, product manager, attended the Cleveland conference to accept the award and $3,000.

Artist Jen Lewin conceptualized, prototyped and designed The Learning Gardens with The Kitchen Community. The components are molded by several different companies.

Second Place, and $1,500 went to Tom Fish, creative director at Little Tikes Co. in Hudson, Ohio, for a Pirate Bed.

Honorable mentions in the Professional Division went to Ahuha Yuvraj Singh, director of Frontier Polymers Pvt. Ltd., in Amritsar, India; Tom Fish of Little Tikes for a swing set and Larry Moody, president and partner of WaveMaster Docking Systems Inc. in Tampa, Fla. Each won a $1,000 prize.

Image By: Kyle Anderson Kyle Anderson won first place in the student division for his iCoustics amplifier.

Kyle Anderson won first place, and $500, in the Student Division for his iCoustics hearing amplifier for an iPhone.

Anderson — like every single student winner — attends the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Second place and $250 went to Jacqueline Edwards for her wagon for a children’s hospital.

Ten students picked up honorable mentions and $150 each: Laetitia Diouet for a balcony planter; Nicole Rybacek for a food prep station for grilling; Anthony Graykowski for a fishing storage device called Pelican; Caitlin Washburn for a doghouse; Sahanna Parvath Mahadevan for the FloraFauna; Celia Carroll for a composter; Dan Mai for a cooler couch; Gaoly Naopao for a play desk; Zeke Johnson for a tennis teacher; and Joshua Govek for a multi-functional gardening tool.

Winners in the Professional Division must be commercial products. Student winners could be a 2-D drawing or CAD solid model.


Comments

A rotomolded, shapely garden planter takes top award at TopCon

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: June 20, 2014 2:13 pm ET
Updated: June 25, 2014 1:12 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Wittmann Battenfeld robots rev up for NPE demonstration

March 31, 2015 11:44 am ET

What if robots ran a NASCAR pit crew? The answer to that question was on display at Wittmann Battenfeld Inc.'s exhibit at NPE 2015.    More

Image

Material Insights: Firms announce capacity expansions at NPE

March 30, 2015 12:19 pm ET

Sabic and Eastman both made announcements at NPE, and we catch up with Americhem to discuss the company's nDuramax-brand UV stabilizers for polymeric ...    More

Image

Getting a real feel for how 'vinyl saves lives'

March 27, 2015 6:00 am ET

While I'm certainly not shipping off to Africa anytime soon, I got a taste of what medical professionals go through in the fight against Ebola and...    More

Image

Plastics News Now: Highlights from NPE 2015

March 25, 2015 6:35 pm ET

We wrap our week of coverage of NPE 2015 with a look at a plastic can looking to replace tin, robots and the Freeformer.    More

Image

Wal-Mart: We want to buy American

March 25, 2015 3:41 pm ET

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is looking to boost the number of domestic suppliers as part of its 10-year, $250 billion investment program, according to the re...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events