This year’s theme for IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award 2016 is IT STARTS WITH THE FOOD!
It is apparent that food and eating are starting points for many exciting things.
Food at home celebrates joyous moments and together time. The home is a welcoming place of activities and everyday routines, many of which revolve around food: cooking for loved ones, where you have breakfast in the morning, entertaining over dinner with friends or even growing your own vegetable garden. Food activities also often involve being creative and adding a little personality.
At the recent grand finals of the 2016 IKEA Singapore Young Designer Award, I was awarded 1st place for my Oneware series of products that are designed for one-handed usage. The theme for the competition was “It Starts With The Food”, which sought solutions from tertiary students that made food activities at home more enjoyable and convenient. It was therefore the perfect platform for me to debut my solutions to enable inclusive living at home around food activities such as washing the dishes and picking up utensils.
During the Design Clinic with IKEA of Sweden’s Iina Vuorivirta, she suggested that I could explore a series of objects that could be able to assist the users in more areas. These solutions could be expanded beyond the kitchen context and be applied at other areas as well. For example, a holder for kitchen tools could be used as a stationery holder as well. The suggestion broadened the context and application that added values to the initial ideas I had. It was great to talk to Iina and Sandra Keasberry, Communication Manager of IKEA Southeast Asia, as we all come from different backgrounds. Together, they offered ideas that helped me improve the design across various aspects.
Preparation of Food
A silicone platform for kitchen tools designed with a curved surface that allows delicate and flat items to be picked up with ease.
Serving of Food
A silicone coaster with a bump on the side for users to tilt pots and bowl to an angle to retrieve items at the edge easier
Washing of Dishes
A silicone mat with designed pattern that allows users to scrub their dishes with ease
Photo Credit : Lianhe Zaobao, zbNOW, p13
IKEA is always a source of inspiration for me when it comes to product design that improves the user experience. I am really excited to head over to Sweden to learn more about the culture and meet the design team at the headquarters. It is definitely a dream come true!
This competition is definitely a great platform for designers to come together to learn and share from each other. I would like to take this opportunity to thank IKEA for this competition and exposure, NUS DID lecturers and classmates, DIC technician and my family for the constant support along the way.