We launched our School Design Prize six years ago to distinguish gifted young design and technology students so they would be inspired to nurture their flair for design and continue down a pathway to eventually join the furnishing industry.
Holly Alderson was awarded a School Design Prize in 2016 when she was in Year 10. We spoke to Holly about winning the prize!
Describe the design/coursework that lead to you winning the School Design Prize?
I designed a light for the reception area of the Crazy Bear Hotel. It was inspired by biomimicry of a bear marking its territory with claw marks. The light has cut outs in the shape of bear claws through which a colour changing light shines on the ceiling and walls of the reception area. The light was made of plywood with a logo which incorporated claw cut-outs into the words Crazy Bear.
What did you think of the winning book prize?
I love the book. I have used it a lot, both as a resource for GCSE and A Level research, and also as a source of inspiration. I think it is something I will keep referring to as I continue my studies.
What have you done since receiving the School Design Prize?
After winning the prize I went on to achieve Grade A Resistant Materials in GCSE and I am now studying Product Design at A Level. I am currently applying to universities to study Furniture and Product Design at Degree level.
How did winning the School Design Prize make a difference to you and your studies?
Winning the prize really inspired me to carry on designing and led to me choosing furniture design as a career.
What are your plans for the future?
My ambition is to get into university and get my degree in Furniture Design. I am especially looking forward to working with all the materials and facilities that are available at university. I would love to either work as a designer in a company or maybe become a designer/maker with my own company.
There is still time to sponsor a School Design Prize and reward a student like Holly. Sponsor a prize now.