Announcing the 2019 Finalist Designers!

The official 2019 brief of the Caesarstone Student Designer Competition was compiled by Michele Rhoda of ARRCC and titled ‘Objects in Space’. Entries from design institutions and universities nationwide were received and the calibre was astronomical and impressive! After a full day of judging and deliberation, we are proud to announce the 9 finalists

ALEXANDRA KLEYN – BHC SCHOOL OF DESIGN
“The design for Tenebris Lab’s first concept store is based on refraction, more specifically the refraction of light in water. This phenomenon is the result of light travelling from air into water – it slows down, causing it to change direction slightly. The structure’s disjointed appearance mirrors the distorted shapes formed on the depths of a waterbody as a result of refraction. To win this competition means to be recognised for the hard work and dedication needed to succeed in a competitive industry. This is especially important to me as an aspiring designer.”

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AYANDA MADUBEKA MADE – TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
“This project attempts to embody the opportunity that precariousness brings and how it can be harnessed positively. In times of momentous changes in the world opportunities are disguised as problems, I, like this project, hope to inspire the same and lend myself to this industry as we venture through it.” 

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NICHOLAS LELLYETT – DESIGN TIME SCHOOL OF INTERIOR DESIGN
“What an honour to have been chosen as a finalist for the 2019 Caesarstone Student Designer Competition. It has been one of my goals and dreams to reach the top 9 of such a prestigious competition. I was inspired to create a fascinating building covering all levels of multi-media, situated in one of the most beautiful spots in Cape Town.”

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FRIDA SAXIN MÅNSSON – BHC SCHOOL OF DESIGN
“My Concept developed after reading what Gerard Slee, founder of Tenebris Lab wrote about virtual reality; ”… virtual reality starts out in the darkness and through manipulation of light you are presented with another existence.” This led me to the way that origami plays with angles and sharp edges to manipulate light and darkness. Already being in the top 9, but especially winning the Caesarstone award would mean being recognized and appreciated as the young designer I am, and to develop and strive even further. It would mean very much to me and open up new exciting doors into the industry.”

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KGOTHATSO JOHN MALANGE – TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
“I hope to win this competition as it may be one of the most massive stepping stones to a possibility of countless opportunities. 
In the hopes of becoming a future job creator and career builder to others as you are to me. And for that, I’m thankful.”

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KATLEGO RAMALOKO – TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
“I believe that a design that’s unique is great to look at, but that which also answers a brief – tackling issues involved – is worth remembering. My design aims to inspire that unique might just be what we need in Africa. It’s not about where you start – it’s when you keep going that you’re heard.”

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MADISUN CHINZIA KING – DESIGN TIME SCHOOL OF INTERIOR DESIGN
“Drawing on both natural and artificial lighting, my concept incorporates interesting shapes that resonate with Tenebris Lab’s identity. I’ve designed an innovative building which celebrates the nature of the tech-savvy, forward-thinking future we’re all heading towards. Being part of the top 9 is an honour that allows for great exposure, amazing opportunities and a trip of a lifetime.”

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MICHAEL LANDMAN – NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY
“Mystery, journey, fulfilment – these are the factors which define this building. Dynamic masses partake in a 12-hour dance, carefully finding their footing through the void as to filter just enough light to create the path, the journey, which – through the use of AR, VR and MR – leads to the exposure of a new, limitless, digital world. I hope to win as I wish to showcase my work on the highest platforms. This will grant me the opportunity to build professional relationships where I can learn from the experienced, the best in their respective fields, as well as empower me to inspire future designers.”

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MILO HILLS WILLIAMS – DESIGN TIME SCHOOL OF INTERIOR DESIGN
“My concept was to mimic the various environments that VR transports the viewer into, creating an immersive experience. The looped form of the building was inspired by the circle of life and the Atlantic Ocean currents. The possibility of winning this huge competition, a trip to the eco-focused Dutch Design week, would be a dream come true.”

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