Jordanian designer Sahar Madanat is the first place winner for the inaugural Audi Innovation Award for her dining set design that allows one-handed users to support cutting their food. The results were announced today at the 2017 Design Days Dubai.
Second and third place prizes went to UAE-based designers Mansour Attia and Nick Karinzadis for a ‘Metro-bike fly-over’ and a Gaudi-style responsive bath system.
The theme for the first Audio Innovation prize was ‘Alternative’, with a brief to create concepts that integrate existing solutions into new ones, ranging from lifestyle, healthcare, mobility, education, urban and public spaces.
The winning multi-function tableware set enables one handed users to cut food and navigate between courses while concealing their limitations. It caters not only to physical needs but also to the users’ emotions and sense of confidence. It can also be used by mothers feeding their children.
“I plan to use the prize to develop my design into full production for use not only locally but I hope internationally as well,” said Madanat upon winning the award.
“I am really looking forward to working with industry experts over the new few months to turn this design into reality.”
Madanat received a trophy as well as a trip to the Audi factory is Inglostadt, Germany. Additionally, Audi Middle East awarded her with $25,000 to over IP registration, legal counselling and business development.
The competition seeks to empower regional designers while archiving intellectual progress in the region.
Second-place winner, Mansour Attia’s proposal offers a solution to dealing with Dubai’s vehicle based lifestyle, lack of safe cycling lanes and abandoned spaces under metro bridges.
Nick Karintzaidis third-place design is a responsive bath system designed to give the user full control to fulfill their basic bathing needs as well as minimising the use of excessive water and electricity.