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01 Mar 2017

Student design competition

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OnOffice has teamed up with a number of surfaces experts to launch an exciting competition for young designers to create a reception desk

A competition from Cutting Edge, in partnership with OnOffice magazine, CD UK and Simply Rhino, is calling architecture students and junior architects/designers to design a Corian reception desk for a contemporary co-working space. The partners are looking for functional and inspiring desk designs that will make a statement about the different companies or freelancers that might work within such a space and which explore the varied applications of Corian.

The winning designer will have the exciting opportunity to see their work created by Cutting Edge an expert in Corian surfaces for the past 25 years, producing pieces for Ernst & Young architects and the London Aquatic Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Cutting Edge will work alongside the winner to develop their design and fabricate a reception counter to a value of £10,000. With the reception desk toured and displayed at leading design and architecture trade shows, this is a unique opportunity for a rising talent to see their design created and shared amongst industry experts. The prize also includes Simply Rhino training covering 3D Modelling, Rendering or Parametric Design worth £650.

An impressive selection of judges have been brought on board: representatives from partners are Kevin Hoy, founder of Cutting Edge, Jenny Oughton, senior project manager, Cutting Edge, Gary Baker, managing director CD UK and Charlotte Taylor, deputy editor of OnOffice magazine; two renowned designers will also join the panel, Amanda Levete and Stuart Melrose.

Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize winning architect and founder and principal of AL_A, an international award-winning design and architecture studio. Recent commissions include the highly anticipated expansion of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the remodelling of Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in Paris.

Artist and designer Stuart Melrose has worked with leading corporate clients such as Microsoft, The Compass Group, BAA Limited, Xbox, Zaha Hadid, Travelex, Disney and The Discovery Channel, and has enjoyed solo shows at 100% Design ‘Futures’, Designersblock, Grand Designs Live ‘House of the Future’, amongst others.

The reception desk competition was created for aspiring architects and designers (students from relevant University courses or those working in junior architecture or design roles*) with the aim of encouraging them to explore the benefits of using the material. 

Brief and specifications

To design a freestanding ‘meet and greet’ reception desk for a contemporary co-working space.

To meet the maximum dimensions of 1,800 x 800 x 750mm or 1.5m2 footprint surface area. 

To create a design that is predominantly fabricated in Corian.

To include the following elements within the design:

- DDA compliant area,

- Lockable storage drawer and a lockable cupboard suitable for A4 paperwork,

- ‘Manned’ workstation functionality, such as storage facilities, PC / docking and phone systems.

All design submissions should consist of a 3D CAD model of the desk, a detailed specification, and a concise description explaining the main design features.  

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged on the following:

Functionality of the design. Have the specifications of the brief been met and does the piece meet the requirements of the modern co-working office? 

Originality of the design. Does the design display imagination and stand out from other entries?

Effective use of Corian. Is there an effective use of sheet material and does the design minimise material wastage? Has the design made the most of the Corian material strengths and understood the fabrication process?

Consideration of production. Has thought been given to the production process and the likely associated costs?


Entrants can apply at: before midnight on 24 March 2017 where they can also find the full terms and conditions of the competition. 

* Proof of current status as a student or position will be required by shortlisted entrants.

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