By Vicki Matranga, Design Programs Coordinator
Get Inspired by Young Talent — Meet the Winners of IHA’s Student Design Competition
Six talented industrial design students will show their concepts for future home products that solve problems in the kitchen and help tend children, adults and pets. Sharing first place are two winners: Samuel Chen, a junior at University of Illinois—Urbana/Champaign, who created Cyclone, a sleek, easy-to-use kitchen fire extinguisher and Mariel Z. Piña, a senior at the University of Houston, designed Ambos, a unique grater/colander.
Second place winners Patrick Fiori, a Purdue University junior, and Jeannette Ralyea, a senior at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, designed health-related items. Fiori’s Heart Start Infant CPR Assistant is a simple device to assist first responders in administering CPR on infants and Raylea’s Visio Home Safety Guides for the Visually Impaired are a trio of products that serve as wall guides to help people use an electrical plug, a light switch or insert a key into a lock.
Third place winner Alex Broerman, a senior at the University of Cincinnati, developed the Slivr Home Meat Slicer, a safe and simple slicer that protects the user’s hands when in use and folds for compact storage. The PoshPaw Pet Nail Clippers, designed by third place winner Elizabeth Reuter, a Purdue University junior, solves problems for dogs and their groomers. The clippers’ grip and positioning allow the user to better control a squirming pet and trim nails to correct length.
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A panel of educators, product development managers at IHA-member companies and design consultants judged entries from 21 U. S. universities to choose the six winners and eight honorable mentions.
Housewares Show Appearance Jumpstarts Careers
The Murray Jay, Martin F. Zorn, Meyer and Norma Ragir Awards
In 1990 the NHMA Board of Directors established one $2,000 scholarship for a talented industrial design student and to encourage interest in the housewares industry. This scholarship, named in memory of NHMA members Murray Jay, Martin F. Zorn and Meyer J. Ragir, expanded its scope in 1993 to become a national competition, endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and awarded $10,000 to several winners. Norma Ragir served as a juror in the first year of the competition. After her passing, the NHMA Board added her name to the award’s title in recognition of her contribution to the creation of the student support program. Later, IHA added grants to the winners’ schools as another educational support.
Now in its 19th year, IHA’s program is hailed as a model for other student competitions and is recognized by the design profession for its contribution to education. Over the years, nearly 4,000 college students have entered and more than 110 winners have launched their careers at the International Home + Housewares Show. Past winners have become entrepreneurs, educators, and design managers at housewares and other consumer products companies.
Visit with the winners to see the future of the housewares industry!
Learn more about the winners and the competition here
Innovation Information Inspiration
Visit the Hall of Global Innovation Lakeside Center Level 3 Lobby
At the 2012 Show, Lakeside Center Lobby premiers as the Hall of Global Innovation, a location devoted to your inspirations!
Innovation Theater: 21 presentations Saturday 1:30 pm through Tuesday 1:30 pm
Five trend-spotting displays :
the Show’s first Innovation Awards
prestigious gia retail excellence award winners
popular Pantone ColorWatch display
Going Green display
the winners of IHA’s 19th annual student design competition