Three students at the University of the West of England are celebrating after winning the Brabantia Design Award, a competition devised to find “the kitchen bin of the future”.
The winning team, Oliver Bowen, Darrel Meason and Sebastien Chung, are all third-year students on the university’s product design programme.
Brabantia is keeping the new design under wraps, saying only to HousewaresLive.net that it used new technologies.
“We were extremely impressed with the designs the students presented and the depth to which they’d researched the kitchen waste market,” said sales director David Slater. “They really got to the core of some of the issues, developed an excellent solution to meet real consumer needs, and achieved a very high standard of product design.”
Meanwhile, UWE programme director Tod Burton said the project had been very successful. “Our students have had first-hand experience of presenting professionally to the managers of a well-established brand.”
Forty-two final-year students on the product design programme started the project in November, and looked at all aspects of waste management, from how the kitchen bin has evolved to new technologies, and recycling household rubbish.
As part of their prize the winning team will visit Brabantia’s factory and new product development centre in The Netherlands.