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UJ student design wins top brand industry collaboration competition

An innovative, modern stool design led a third year University of Johannesburg (UJ) student to be crown the overall of winner of the BOS Ice Tea and Department of Industrial Design collaborative competition. Alex Shahini was announced the winner of the furniture design competition at the premier and international design show, 100% Design Exhibition, which was held at Gallagher Estate between the 6th and the 10th of August 2015.​

“The theme for this competition was to create designer environmentally friendly themed seating for the BOS brand. The overall winner, Alex Shahini designed an apex stool, utilising reclaimed tubular steel which was formed into a frame which subtly hinted at the 5 sided star, synonymous with the brand,” said UJ Indu​strial Design lecturer Martin Bolton, who was involved with the project.

Alex Shahini Middle Winner Of The Searing Furniture CompetMartin Bolton 3rd Year Industrial Design Students With Uj LecturThe Selected Prototypes Created By 3rd Year Industrial Design St
Alex Shahini (middle) winner of the seating (furniture) competition, at the 100% Design Exhibition.3rd year Industrial Design students with UJ lecturer Martin Bolton.The selected prototypes created by 3rd year Industrial Design students.

Announced in April 2015, the seating (furniture) competition is a collaboration with UJ’s Department of Industrial Design, BOS Ice Tea, Elle Decoration and the 100% Design Exhibition to design an environmentally sustainable seating solution for BOS Brands. 3rd year BA Industrial Design students developed seating prototypes out of which ten were selected to form part of the BOS Café exhibition at the new South African platform focussed on furniture design.

The gala awards evening was attended by over 450 design industry guests on the night. ​

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