Design Challenge Highlights Student Innovation


Kikkerland and Paper Source Launch a Design Challenge for ID Students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Kikkerland has partnered with Paper Source to host a design challenge for the industrial design students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

For its 10th design challenge, Kikkerland Design invited the students to design a simple, inspiring and executable product within four core categories:

Mindful Desktop: Design a stylish yet functional office item that promotes mindfulness and focus in the workplace.

Cocktail Culture: Offer unique and innovative cocktail/wine accessories to add some flair to parties.

Tech meets paper: Create a product that links the physical and the digital world for the generation that is connected to their devices, but nostalgic about reading physical books, writing in notebooks, and handwriting cards.

Hydration: Everyone carries a water bottle with them wherever they go. What is the next innovation in hydration?

The goal is to give design students a platform to present their product ideas for a well-respected retailer, and the chance to see their ideas produced. The product submissions need to appeal to Paper Source values: live, give, create and celebrate and include Kikkerland’s signature fun and functional characteristics.

Assistant Professor Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects (AIADO) Peter Oyler has guided students during the Spring semester. Paper Source and Kikkerland reviewed and critiqued the projects.

Final products will be hosted online for a public vote May 5th-12th.

Anyone can vote for their favorite designs to determine the People’s Choice Winner.

The Prototypes will be sent to a jury of buyers, merchandisers and industrial design professionals to determine the pieces selected for production. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 12th 2017 at SAIC.

Winners in the two categories below will be announced at the awards ceremony:

*Production: Selected product(s) that Paper Source intends to buy and Kikkerland intends to produce. Student will receive a licensing agreement when the product gets developed.

*People’s Choice: Product that received the most votes from the online voting website. The winning designer will receive an award and will be given additional consideration for Kikkerland production.

For more than 15 years, Kikkerland Design and Paper Source have had a long-standing partnership and committed to bringing thoughtful and well-designed gifts.

“We are honored to partner with Kikkerland for their annual design challenge. At Paper Source, we’ve always believed that life moments should be celebrated in a fun and creative way. Kikkerland has always been a retailer that inspires solutions for everyday life. We’re proud to be working with the bright and talented SAIC students who will be brainstorming new gifting products for special occasions,” said Paper Source CEO Winnie Park.

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