Slovak student of design won world award

A young designer from Bojnice won the prestigious international Red Dot Award for product design.

The young 22-year-old Slovak designer took the award in the category of product design.The young 22-year-old Slovak designer took the award in the category of product design. (Source: Archive of Matúš Chlpek)

Matúš Chlpek, a student of industrial design at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Brno University of Technology, won a renowned worldwide prize, the Red Dot Award 2016.

The young 22-year-old Slovak designer from Bojnice, in western Slovakia, took the award in the category of product design at the beginning of July in the Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen in Essene, Germany, his family informed the SITA newswire.

Chlpek succeeded thanks to his bachelor thesis that was focused on a new exterior design for the binocular. A draft was created under the supervision of the pedagogue Miroslav Zvonek.

The student presented his model of the binocular for the first time at an exhibition of bachelor thesis designs in 2014. Chlpek partnered with a new American company, Athlon Optics, who was looking for a designer for their products and the final product is now available under the name of Athlon Midas.

At the end of last year, Chlpek decided to enter his work to the prestigious international competition Red Dot Award. An international competition, the Red Dot Award was created in 1954 and it is divided to the three disciplines: product design, communication design and conceptual design. One of the benefits for him as a student was to file an application during the Young Professionals Day, reserved for young creators without an entry fee.

After being assessed by a professional jury in the category of Product Design, his binoculor design was chosen as the winning entry.

In his study of industrial design, Matúš Chlpek is dedicated to drafts of industrial equipment and electronics, as well as sports devices, medical equipment, furniture and others. He is also currently focused on the role of design in society, sustainable design and eco design.

 

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