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The Container Store, Kikkerland Announce Voting for RISD Student Competition

RISD students created products based on the organized home, with the chance to have their designs produced and sold at The Container Store
Posted on December 7, 2015 by Andrea Lillo

ContainerStorelogo3x2NEW YORK—Public online voting has begun for Kikkerland Design’s eighth design challenge, in partnership with The Container Store and Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) Industrial Design Program. RISD students created 20 product ideas, based on the organized home, with the chance to have their designs produced and sold at The Container Store.

The public can vote for the People’s Choice Award until Thursday, Dec. 10, at http://risddesignchallenge.com. The awards ceremony is taking place at the RISD Museum on Friday, Dec. 11, in Providence, R.I. Awards will go to an Academic Winner, a Production Winner and a People’s Choice Winner, and the winning designers will have the opportunity to have their products sold exclusively within The Container Store locations, receiving a royalty fee for their design.

In September, The Container Store and Kikkerland teams met with the RISD Industrial Design students, tasking them to rethink the organized home and design an innovative product within three core categories: The Connected Home, addressing the impact of technology on all aspects of home living and electric cord management; Healthy Food, offering answers to food prep/cabinet storage/meals-on-the-go based on current health trends; and the “Celebrity” Effect, creating a storage and organization solution for the increased use of make-up, more jewelry and nail polish, creating a need for customized storage and organization.

“It’s been a joyful experience over the last two months to see these young designers’ work evolve and come to life into functional, beautiful products,” said Sharon Tindell, The Container Store’s chief merchandising officer. “Our buying team has enjoyed providing input and feedback to these talented students and can’t wait to unveil the winning designs.”

“We believe that future designers need to be ‘thinking’ designers, which is why this challenge offers design students the potential opportunity to have their product ideas produced and sold commercially,” said Jan Van Der Lande, Kikkerland’s founder and CEO.