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20 Nov 2014

Desso exhibits 'Best in Class' graduates

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Six design graduates from across the UK have been selected have been selected to take part in a new exhibition by flooring company Desso called, 'Best in Class'.

The exhibits range from a lamp designed to combat SAD syndrome and shelving made from locally-coppiced Beech and plastic bottles to an 'archetype-challenging' microwave and an Oyster card that acts as an on-the-go gym. The 'best of the best' will be voted for by the public via an online microsite, and the winner will be presented with a £500 cheque. The results are due to be announced at the end of December. Each design, according to Desso, elevates the "ordinary" to the "extraordinary".

In keeping with this theme, Desso will be hosting a Celebration of Design on 2 December, hosted by the Design Museum award's shortlisted Adrian Westaway. The Special-Projects founder will discuss the key factors shaping the design world – today and in the future – and how technology is making the ordinary extraordinary.

Westaway was made the first ever James Dyson Fellow in 2007 and designed the interactive Lego Calendar that was shortlisted for the Design Museum 'Product of the Year 2014'. He is a member of the Magic Circle and has tutored at the Royal College of Art, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and Queen Mary University in London and has worked with consumer electronic brands including Samsung, Nokia and Blackberry.

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