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Cologne Design Award of the Prof. Dr. R.G. Winkler Foundation

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The grand prize of $19,000 goes to up-and-coming designers from Cologne.

First to third price chronologically go to the Cologne students Jens Standke (Academy of Media Arts), Michael Marks (ecosign/Academy of Design) and Marina Scheinberg (CologneInternational School of Design).

The Cologne International Design Award goes to the two students Thomas J. Pigott and Michael Rodriguez from the Philadelphia University, USA.

The exhibition of all the nominated work takes place at the Museum for Applied Art Cologne from November 1st till 24th.

For the the sixth time, tonight the Museum of Applied Art Cologne (MAKK) is hosting the "Cologne Design Award of the Prof. RG Winkler Foundation ", at 7pm, within the scope of a celebration. The event is organized every year with great enthusiasm from the "Cologne International School of Design". The first prize, worth $8,000, goes to Jens Standke (Academy of Media Arts); Michael Marks (ecosign/Academy for Design) wins the second Price of $4,000 and Marina Scheinberg (Cologne International School of Design) receives $ 3,000 for the third place. The winners of the "Cologne International Design Award " are Thomas J. Pigott and Michael Rodriguez from the Philadelphia University, who will obtain a trip to Cologne, including a three days stay, to be able to accept the award in person tonight .

This year's jury was again consisting of very top-class judges: Stephan Ott (chief editor of the magazine 'Form') , Angela Spizig (Mayor of the City of Cologne), Dr. Petra Hesse (director of the Museum of Applied Art Cologne) , Nils Holger Moormann (designer and CEO of Nils Holger Moormann GmbH) as well as Dr. Ulrich Soénius (CEO of the Cologne Chamber of Commerce an Industry Cologne in the field of industrial location policy). All nominees had the chance to personally present their work and thesis to the jury within a time frame of 15 minutes. The international nominees presented their work via video. "I'm excited about the strong interest and especially about the outstanding achievements of the young designers. All winners were unanimously chosen during our conference. I am looking forward to the exhibition at the MAKK, in which all nominated work will be displayed.", says jury member Dr. Petra Hesse .

The Cologne Design Award of the R.G. of the Prof. Winkler foundation is one of the internationally most highest ranked design-newcomer-awards and honors outstanding dissertations of graduates from design degree courses at universities in Cologne. Therefore, the price is an extremely significant contribution to the sponsorship of young talent and furthermore essential to improve the profile of Cologne as a design center of international importance. Additionally, the "Cologne International Design Award " honors the best degree dissertations of some of the most prestigious international design academies from Belgium, Portugal, Taiwan, Brazil, Korea and the U.S.A. .

The winners and their thesis

Cologne Design Award of the Prof. R.G. Winkler Foundation

1 Price: Jens Standke (* 1982, Academy of Media Arts Cologne) with the thesis " Vinylactites / Vinylagmites ". In his sound installation Jens Standke addresses the simultaneous imaging of a chronology in an acoustic and sculptural dimension: hundreds of vinyl records are layered over each other and create a sculpture in the form of a drip stone. Each record has an audio file as a sonic counterpart, which was created during the milling process of the vinyl records. The outstanding achievement of this work is the complex question how time and space influence on each other - based on the natural phenomenon of the stalactites and stalagmites - and how it can be transformed in a compelling technological, artistic and philosophical approach, in order to form an aesthetically unexpected, sculptural acoustic product.

2 Price: Michael Marks (*1985, ecosign/Academy of Design, Cologne) with his work Michael Marks has developed and designed a website which focusses on the work of Joseph Beuys, his ideas and art-theoretical approaches. The latter refer to the current social, societal and political situation. The Cologne student has hereby -in a very smart way- accomplished it to convey the complex work of Beuys to a broad target audience in a perspicuous way, by means of a playful narrative and interactive surface design.

3 Price: Marina Scheinberg (*1985, Cologne International School of Design) with the thesis " Orthostruct ". It is an emergency-orthosis to stabilize and immobilize the wrist. Thereby, Marina Scheinberg has designed a user-friendly and socially beneficial solution for an acute problem, to be used for first aid for patients in crisis areas and developing countries. Due to its design concept, the large-scale production of the emergency-orthosis is remarkably easy and inexpensiv, just as its transportation and usage.

Honors with a prize money of $1,000 go to Tobias Fröhlich (ecosign/Academy of Design Cologne) for his work on "Cinematic trailer in book advertizing" - a trailer to the novel "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco; to Florina Trost (Cologne International School of Design) for her work "The dictatorship of things" - a qualitative study of the automobile in the social distinction and Jennifer Loser (Cologne International School of Design) for the work " QuantifiedCare " - an App with self-tracking tools for the health sector as well as John McTaggert (Cologne International School of Design) for his work "Analog Layer" - a project for an interactive robot vacuum cleaner.

Cologne International Design Award:

Thomas J. Pigott (*1989) & Michael Rodriguez (*1991) from the Philadelphia University with their work "Repurposing". The Team USA presents with its work a way to usefully recycle valuable wood of the rooftop water tanks, which still exist on top of many of the houses in the US. Currently, these are removed in NYC for the most part, and the most often valuable cedar wood gets destroyed. Therefore, the two designers have dealt with the concepts of Public Furniture and analyzed the human behavior in public places. According to that, they have designed street furniture for different situations, which mainly consist of the weather-resistant cedar wood from the dismantled the water tanks. Besides the beautiful and meaningful details, the work has also developed quite a poetic dimension: An historic New York icon is not disposed, but transformed into a new New York element.