Design Parade 5 04.08.11

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The fifth design parade has taken place at Villa Noailles in southern France, with the Grand Jury Prize going to François Dumas, a recent graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven, for his Sealed Chair and Armchair.

The festival, held each year in the house in Hyères designed by French modernist Robert Mallet-Stevens, gives ten young designers the opportunity to compete in an international contest that connects them to established professionals in the industry.

Dumas' products are made from plastic rods – three for an armchair or two for a chair – which are heated then shaped in wooden templates. The rods are joined together using a welding technique that melts the plastic to create a seal, fitting the pieces together like a puzzle.

The festival's Veuve Clicquot Prize was awarded to Jonathan Muecke, the first student from Michigan's Cranbrook Academy of Art to participate in, let alone win an award at Design Parade. His products include the Copper Step Stool (pictured), a copper step just the width of a foot, along with a jointless 60-layer woven carbon-fibre and epoxy chair and Interior Sun, a dispersible, shapeless lamp.

Muecke's work was recognised for its innovation in design as well as for the discovery of additional potential in existing objects.

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Manijeh Verghese

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The festival gives ten young designers the opportunity to compete in an international contest that connects them to established professionals in the industry

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