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Vojtěch Veverka - Bigfoot
A total of eight competition designs by students of the Faculty of Architecture of Czech Technical University impressed the jury of the National Award for Student Design so much that they won awards in a competition of a record 269 submitted projects. The winner was Vojtěch Veverka with his design for Bigfoot, an original ski and snowshoe in one.

Another award recipient from the FA was Petr Matoušů, who even received two awards: the Excellent Student Design for a kitchen scale for the visually impaired, and the Good Student Design for the Realno rope seat. The prizes for Excellent Student Design also went to Kristýna Coufalová and Tereza Majrychová and the Good Student Design prizes went to David Ondroušek and Tadeáš Cienciala. Kateřina Panošková received the Ergonomics Award.

This year's 31st edition of the international student design competition focused on the broadest spectrum of 3D design, including product and industrial design and applied art. It attracted 248 competitors with 269 entries from 17 universities and colleges and 13 vocational schools and high schools. Their designs were assessed by three independent juries. According to the organizers of the competition, Design Cabinet CZ, the contestants demonstrated a high level of professionalism and it is very likely that some of the competition designs will go into mass production.

National Student Design Award 2021 *GRAND

The absolute winner of the competition and the recipient of the National Student Design Award 2021 *GRAND was our Design Master's student Vojtěch Veverka from Jaroš studio, who designed Bigfoot, skis and snowshoes in one. They simplify climbing and downhill skiing. How exactly do the skis work? Thanks to the structure and toothed plate on one side of the ski, it is possible to walk on icy paths even in deep snow without problems, and after turning the ski bottoms to the other side, it is possible to ski down. "The most difficult thing was to reconcile both functions together, to make compromises, not to complicate the mechanism too much," says Vojtěch Veverka about his design. His efforts clearly paid off. As the chairman of the international jury, designer Michal Staško, said, the Bigfoot is a seemingly simple but technologically and conceptually sophisticated design that clearly convinced the jury. The winner's wish is to bring this product to mass production. You can see his work in the gallery on the website.

Excellent Student Design Award

The award went to Petr Matoušů from Streitstudio, who designed a kitchen scale for the visually impaired and blind. "I wanted to try designing for a specific target group, so I visited the Czech Radio Foundation and its Světluška project. We talked about the different measuring devices that people with visual impairments use. What shortcomings they have identified, or what improvements they would appreciate. I wanted to come up with a cheaper alternative to expensive electronic talking scales," says Petr Matoušů. How do you work with the scale? The slanted surface of the scale leads downwards into space and the needle shows the measured value. The ring with the scale is rotatable and allows the scale to be reset. You can see how it works in the gallery on the website.

Kristýna Coufalová succeeded with a set of stainless steel cookware, which expands the Tefal product portfolio. Kristýna worked on this assignment in the Tvarůžek studio. The key element of the design is the ellipse shape, which forms the top contour of the pots, while the bottom is a standard circle shape. This allows the lid to be rotated at will during cooking, which makes it possible to regulate the steam release. This is a great advantage especially when pouring the hot water out. You can see her work in the gallery on the website.

Tereza Majrychová (Pavlíková) from the Fišer studio was awarded for her diploma thesis in which she designed the TOBI corner washbasin. "The greatest complication was to meet the strict schedule and to complete the whole process of design, development, testing and production in 3 months," explains Tereza Majrychová. She now has the corner sink project completed and ready for production, depending on the company's interest. You can see her work in the gallery on the website.

Good Student Design Award

David Ondroušek from the Streitstudio invented the Skrolla infinity ruler to make his work easier and to avoid carrying several types of rulers. "The most difficult thing was to find the principle of how it would work. I was looking for a mechanical solution that tells you at a glance how to use the ruler," says David Ondroušek. You can see his work in the gallery on the website.

Petr Matoušů and Tadeáš Cienciala worked on a product made of recycled climbing wall ropes as part of the Streitstudio assignment.

Petr Matoušů designed the Realno seat. He created an interlaced structure that is pulled through "hoops", which consumed 250 meters of discarded rope. "I approached the assignment in such a way that the final product would consume as much rope as possible," explains Petr Matoušů. You can see his work in the gallery on the website.

Rope_ky sandals by Tadeáš Ciencialy are shoes made of one piece of rope. The author has designed them so that users would be able to make them themselves, for example during workshops at the climbing center. The lightweight sole is elegantly connected at four points. The shoe looks compact, is flexible and has an increased contact area at the heel thanks to the rope ends in the eyelets. You can see his work in the gallery on the website.

Ergonomics Award

The Ergonomics Award went to Kateřina Panošková from the Fišer studio for the Hands3 handle which, in response to the current situation, ensures "hands-free" door opening to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. The handle made of flexible filament can be simply placed on a wide range of door handles, in both directions of the handle. Its shape matches the ergonomics of the forearm, making it possible to open and close the door with it. Low-cost production using 3D printing ensures availability of the product on the market. You can see her work in the gallery on the website.

Photo: Faculty of Architecture 

Tadeáše Cienciala - Rope_ky sandals

Petr Matoušů - kitchen scale for the visually impaired and blind

Kristýna Coufalová - set of stainless steel cookwareí

David Ondroušek - Skrolla infinity ruler

Tereza Majrychová (Pavlíková) - TOBI corner washbasin

Kateřina Panošková - Hands3 handle