Akron, Ohio-based Winsell Inc., which supplies granite-effect colorants for rotational molding, has announced the winners of the 2015 Winsell Product Design Competition, recognizing industrial design students.
Nineteen students entered the contest.
First place went to Rebecca Wereley of the University of Wisconsin-Stout for her Swing Nook, designed as an outdoor swing for children with autism spectrum disorder. The Swing Nook provides a place to feel safe and secluded while avoiding over-stimulation. Swings also help with a sense of balance and sensory integration.
Second place was awarded to Matthew Bruhn also of the UW-Stout for his Rotochair. His goal was “to produce an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture that employs the rotomolding process and is suitable for indoor/outdoor use.” Bruhn specified kiss-offs in his design to keep the chair legs from rotating and give extra support underneath the seat.
UW-Stout also had four students winning honorable mention: Ryne Anderson, Hans Fritz, Alex Greene and Kelsey Hill.
Other honorable mention winners were Adam Carter, Jacqueline Edwards, Ben Gall and Emelie Troedson from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and two from Purdue University, Brian Kalember and Thomas Richardson.
“The rotational molding industry is fueled by the creative ideas of product designers,” said Fred Shockey, chairman and CEO of Winsell. “When we cultivate and celebrate emerging talent in the field, we will thrive. The Product Design Competition gives us a glimpse into the future of rotational molding while also ensuring that future.”
Winsell organizes the Rotational Molding Product Design Awards, with support from the 2015 sponsors: Avantech, Diversified Mold & Castings LLC, H. Holland Co. and Polimeros USA.
Tel. 330-836-7421, www.winsellinc.com.