D&AD recently announced their winners for the 2012 Student Awards. Kronospan were able to sponsor and provide the design brief for the Furniture Design category, which was aimed to be both a creative and academic challenge, whilst having an commercial edge. Kronospan’s Paul Duddle asked the student to ‘design a desk or work surface that will enhance the learning experience for a young student.’
The Design Forum were able to speak to creative duo, Giho Yang and Prianka Sisodiya, whose 8º16º concept won over the favour of the judges as well as being nominated for a Student Yellow Pencil. The design features a trapezium design that allows the working student to switch between the two degrees, depending on the work they’re doing.
TheDesignForum – ‘Design a desk or work surface that will enhance the learning experience for a young student.’ How was that as a concept to work with?
Giho Yang and Prianka Sisodiya – Being students ourselves, we enjoyed working with this concept. We were influenced by the physical problems that can be caused by bad posture but we didn’t want to create something over-complicated and mechanical. We believe that desks for students should be fun, inspiring and cost effective for the schools.
TheDesignForum – What were your initial ideas for the design?
Giho Yang and Prianka Sisodiya – The main insight was that a desk does not offer enough positions to work or sit in. People will try to move around the desk resulting in awkward and uncomfortable positions to work in. Our initial concept included a very unstable desk that relied on the student’s good posture to keep it stable but we found that it was too wobbly and the students would never get any work done!
TheDesignForum – Your desk, particularly in terms of its adjustability, seems tailored towards design and art students. Is that fair to say?
Giho Yang and Prianka Sisodiya – No. Our concept came from observing more academic students in particular as they have to work at desks for long periods of time. The adjustability aids the movement, allowing the student to work in more positions. The change in angles also aids art and design students when drawing, so we’ve tried to meet the needs of all types of students.
TheDesignForum – It’s a very inspiring piece, how important to you is the environment in which you’re working?
Giho Yang and Prianka Sisodiya – Our Kingston University workshop is our working environment. We think through making, so having an amazing workshop and technicians has been a great help for this project.
TheDesignForum – What are your aspirations for the future?
Giho Yang and Prianka Sisodiya – Both of us aim to start our own design studios here in london. For us, London is a very inspiring and exciting place to begin our stories. But for now, completing our degrees and defining our philosophies are the main priority.