Bernier Samuel, from Canada, was one of three winners of a study grant and money to pursue his design at the BE OPEN AWARDS, the premier celebration of young design talent at the London Design Festival. His work Project RE_, is an ingenious way of transforming and upgrading of objects reaching the end of their useful life using pioneering 3D Printing technology and earned Samuel a share of £10,000 and funding to pursue his studies further. Bernier’s project is stunning simple. Customized lids are created using low cost 3D-printing. They are then clipped or screwed onto standard jars, tin cans and bottles to create new and personal objects.
Alexandra Kharakoz from the UK and Chak Ming Sin from Hong Kong also received similar awards for an interactive sonic sculpture and a sustainable method of regulating building temperature respectively.
The Awards are a core part of both London’s premier annual design event and the philosophy of Elena Baturina, founder of BE OPEN. ‘The reason I am fascinated in design is that it has the potential to change the world around us, for the better,’ she said. ‘These winning works are fascinating examples on improving on what we have and I am delighted that we are able to give them a worldwide platform through BE OPEN.’